bio

Leslie Baker’s career as a painter, portrait artist and illustrator spans forty years. After completing her master’s at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, she quickly established herself in the city’s art scene, where she was represented by Rosenfeld Gallery. Her work was regularly included in major exhibitions in both Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

During this time Baker wrote and/or illustrated fifteen books for children. Her painterly illustrations earned her numerous awards, including the 1998 Children’s Book Award and selection as the US nominee for the international Ezra Jack Keats Award. Her work is included in the book, The Very Best of Children’s Illustration by the Society of Illustrators in New York.

In 1997, she and her family relocated to Martha’s Vineyard, a move that took her art in an important new direction, plein air landscapes. Of her current work, Baker says, “I’m drawn to the ordered edges of the land around me. I often will go back to the same place, sometimes changing scale or medium. I am intrigued by the notion of ‘knowing’ something by painting it many times, at different times of the day, and different times of the year.” A skilled draftsman, Baker’s principal mediums are oil and watercolor.

Her paintings have appeared in numerous art publications including American Artist Magazine. Baker is currently showing at the Copley Society in Boston and at A Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard. In addition, she is a successful portrait artist with more than 20 years of commissions. Baker welcomes the change in rhythm that comes from capturing not simply the likeness, but the personality and settings of her subjects.

Baker lives in West Tisbury with her husband David and a busy household that includes three dogs, a cat and an ever-expanding garden.