The Heroine’s Journey of Leslie Neumann

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I love that through the creation of a painting I can relive my deepest, most meaningful experiences. Painting is the way I really understand what I have seen in nature and in meditation sessions.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Perfect happiness is to have the time and resources to paint without any concerns about the marketplace. And then, at the end of a great day in the studio, to share the evening with your beloved.

What is my greatest fear? That I’ll be invisible.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? After years of learning how to be kind to myself and others, I no longer have a trait that I deplore, thankfully.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? Jasper Johns

What is my greatest extravagance? I am “house rich and cash poor,” so my greatest extravagance is my house —but one half of my house is studio space, so it’s not really an extravagance.

On what occasion would I lie? To spare someone’s feelings.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?  My work is physically very demanding. I lift large, heavy panels off my wax table onto the wall, and back again, something like 10 to 20 times a day.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? I’m happiest here and now!

If I could, what would I change about myself? I’m an insomniac; I’d love to change that.

What is my greatest achievement in work? My greatest achievement in my work is my dedication over a lifetime to it, which has resulted in my mastering my craft and developing a consistent thematic vision..

Where would I most like to live? Despite the cultural isolation of my home and studio, I would most like to live right here, in Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico, within this 14,000 acre coastal wilderness area.

What is my most treasured possession? My studio is my most treasured possession. It’s custom made, very quiet and private, with ample square footage, high ceilings, great light, and beautiful views out onto the coastal marsh.

What is my most marked characteristic? I’m self-confident.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The LifeCycle yoga studio – and teachers.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? Nouvelle Cuisine and Brian’s Place

What books influenced my life and how? These 4 authors shaped my personal philosophy. Albert Camus showed me the way to lead a quiet, contemplative and yet engaged life. Carlos Castaneda introduced me to the idea that we could open up other portals to other realities. Father Daniel Berrigan taught me to be brave, and Eckhart Tolle ushered me into internal peace.

Who are my favorite writers? Gail Godwin, Connie May Fowler, Nadine Gordimer, Barbara Kingsolver, Sue Monk Kidd, Toni Morrison, Mary Doria Russell

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Snatam Kaur. Any album, any song.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? The black maids in The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Eleanor Roosevelt, Father Daniel Berrigan, Martin Luther King, John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Barack Obama, Carl Sagan

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? Lion

What role plays art in my life and work? Art is central to who I am; it’s my identity, my joy, my profession. I’m happiest when I have a paintbrush in my hand.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, and partner in crime? My beloved, Michael W. Binford

Whom would I like to work with in 2017? Amanda Cooper, Curator at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Florida

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2017? The museum directors and curators in my geographic area.

What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on? I have a one person show in May-June 2018 at the Morean Arts Center, and I’m excited about continuing to paint a new, large body of work called “Unsettling Times.” I’m using dramatic “storm-scapes” to express our current political conditions.

Where can you see me or my work in 2017? I’m hunkered down in my studio for 2017, come see me! Or look for my work in public collections, such as museums or corporations or restaurants. (See my resume for collections)

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? I’ll be engaged with my art until the end of my life. No retirement!

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Barbara Fisher, Lorrie Fredette, Nancee Clark.

How can you contact me?
Email is; cell is 727-534-8036 and website is

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