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 important new directions. Intrigued by the ordered edges of the surrounding landscape, Baker turned towards large scale landscape working from on-site studies in oil and watercolor. In 2003, she began working in monotype, the most painterly of printmaking techniques. Her work transitioned towards more abstract imagery, inspired less by direct contact with nature but by color interaction.

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.