Lesley Harrison was a born animal lover. Growing up in Sacramento, California, her early life consisting of living with a menagerie of animals from dogs and cats to chickens. She describes her love of animals as being in her blood. When she was only in the 2nd grade she began drawing animals a lot. Her favorite animal to draw was that of horses.

Now as an adult she paints not only horses but other wildlife such as wolves, foxes and mountain lions. She also does human portraits and figures. On painting animals, she has described it as, "I have always sought to form connections with animals, not merely study them. I'm not looking for a portrait. I'm looking for a connection."

Lesley has also chosen her medium to paint in pastels rather than oil paints. Even though pastels are very difficult to master, Lesley has received a number of professional honors & awards for her technical excellence. She also works on location and supplements those sessions with reference photographs.

Lesley currently lives in California in a beautiful area near Lake Tahoe. She lives with her husband, John who is a sculptor. It is here where she continues to paint and also hold workshops on painting in pastels. Mostly likely you will recognize some of her beautiful paintings below.

Responses to "Lesley Harrison - Wildlife artist in Pastels"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful pic's

  2. Anonymous says:

    These are absolutely gorgeous. I love animals too, they, in my opinion, are so much more loving and pleasant to be around more than any person. I wish I had the talent to draw or paint them, but even more, I am working on trying to learn healing/energy and connect with them spiritually so we can understand each other. I want to be Mrs. Doolittle!! :) Again, your paintings are very beautiful you have caught the emotion of each of the animals posted here. You have been blessed with a very beautiful gift, please continue to share it with others, people need to connect more with animals, there is so much love in them and they are REAL, they don't try to be someone they are not.

  3. Anonymous says:

    are these photo or water color they are Beautiful

  4. Anonymous says:

    These are beautiful, I love animals more than most people.I wish I had your gift. Dont ever let it take a backseat to your life.

  5. These are amazing! I thought that the were actually pictures to begin with! Just awesome and she could not have picked better subject to paint :)

  6. lonna421 says:

    Lesley you are an amazing artist. I love your work.

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  8. Unknown says:

    I find myself draw to animals to teach me spiritual ways of living in the world. I no longer look to humans, who I find to be a terrible and parasitic species. Thanks for bringing me closer to my 'God' today xxx

  9. I just love your photos!

  10. Unknown says:

    Your paintings are beautiful. I have loved wolves and horses since i was a little girl.. So talented. A great gift.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I love beautiful wildlife and natural thank you

  12. Wish there was a link to her website, does she have one?

  13. Just found one!

  14. Anonymous says:

    OMG, they are absolutely beautiful!!!!! They look like photos....amazing.

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