Lesley Riley wears many hats. She is an internationally known artist, art quilter, teacher, writer, Artist Success coach and mentor who turned her initial passion for photos, color and the written word into a dream occupassion.
Her art and articles have appeared in too many places to count. As former Contributing Editor of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, Lesley developed a passion for showcasing new talent in mixed media art. Her first book, Quilted Memories, brought new ideas and techniques to quilting and preserving memories. A second, Fabric Memory Books, combined fabric and innovative ideas with the art of bookmaking. Three more books, Fabulous Fabric Art with Lutradur, Create with Transfer Artist Paper, and Creative Image Transfer introduced versatile new materials to the quilt and mixed media art world. Her 2013 self-published Amazon best seller, Quotes Illustrated, was be expanded and republished by North Light/F&W Publications as Inspiring Quotes Illustrated in 2014.
In an ongoing effort to find the best ways for quilters and mixed media artists to get permanent photos on fabric, Lesley introduced Transfer Artist Paper™, named the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) 2011 Most Innovative new product, the state of the art technology for iron-on transfers. Her new Mixed Media Mat offers artists and crafters an easy-clean white working surface for all art mediums.
Lesley is the former host of BlogTalk Radio’s Art & Soul show, recording over 75 podcasts on art and the creative process through in-depth interviews with contemporary artists. Her passion and desire to help every artist reach their creative dreams and potential led her to become an Artist Success coach and mentor. She draws from her own experience, insight, and knack for seeing the potential in everyone, to provide guidance and solutions for artists of all levels.
Lesley creates her magic on an idyllic horse farm in Frederick, MD, where she lives with her high-school sweetheart husband. You’ll find her in her studio from sunup to sundown unless, of course, any of her six children or seven granddaughters come to visit.
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