Lesli Devito can't quite remember when she started painting, just that she's been doing it for quite a while now. With no formal training, Lesli took her own path and experimented with different types of paint. Eventually, she settled on something unconventional: acrylic house paint. She hopes that her works will "take people to their happy place." Lesli also created a blog called My Old Country House in which she writes about her life, art and other adventures.
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About The Artist
I am a self taught painter. I studied acting for years. With acting, I learned to respect the subtext...the things unwritten in the script - but no less important to your character. When I am painting an animal or a barn, a story emerges in my mind, the life that has been lived, inside and outside. My imagination runs wild...whole worlds are born...and I get attached. The hardest part of painting for me is letting go but then I guess that is a hard part of life to. My second child leaves for college in month.
If I had to pinpoint my style or that through line that carries itself through my work...it is color. I am moved by color, kind of obsessed by it and what it does to the heart. I love how one color can change the direction of a whole day.. That magic that happens when a color sits next to another colors and they bring something out in each other...like a good friend. Some people contemplate what they will make for dinner...I think "What colors need to meet next?"
My hope is that my paintings take you to a destination that only you know. I feel that my work is successful if for even a second you are transported to someplace only you know in your heart.
On the horizon: I am itching to begin doing abstract human portrait work...I am still evolving as an artist. I kind of hope I never stop.
Florida State University
Master of Fine Arts, 1983
Massachsetts General Hospital Institute of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science, 1993