Leslie Pratt-Thomas





















Leslie Pratt Thomas "Painting is what I do...a part of who I am.
There is nothing else I do in which I feel
so fully engaged."

Leslie Pratt-Thomas

Leslie was born in Canada and has had a rich and varied life experience - from bartending and skiing in the Rockies to working as a paralegal in Charleston, SC, her chosen home. After her post-graduate work she was a practicing therapist working with troubled children and families. Since having children of her own she has devoted her life to artistic endeavors. She approaches life with passion and paints in the same manner.

She has been painting in oil since the mid 1990s and is driven to learn from the best. She has painted and studied in Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, and Mexico with a variety of noted mentors. Although preferring to paint from life, studio work is a large part of her practice.

In addition to her numerous local and national awards her piece titled, I Can Fly, was chosen for the cover of the novel Swimming Lessons by New York Times best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe. In 2009 she was asked to illustrate Shackles - a children's book written by South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Heath Wentworth. Both were received with much admiration and Shackles won the Moonbeam award for multi-cultural children’s literature. Leslie was excited and challenged to illustrate these highly acclaimed creations.

Leslie’s work has been included in both national and international venues. In 2011, three of her pieces were chosen in the Paint America Top 50 and Top 100 national competitions and were exhibited in a show at the Coutts Museum of Art in El Dorado, KS. Another piece reflecting the beauty of coastal shorebirds was chosen to exhibit through 2014 in the Art in Embassies program in Dakar, Senegal.

In the last few years she has started teaching. According to Leslie teaching new painters is: "Pure pleasure. Seeing my new students’ perspectives and growth reminds me of when I first started painting and began viewing the world through an artistic lens - there is nothing like reliving that experience and sharing what I have learned with new painters.” Her classes are small and limited due to space and time constraints.

Leslie's work can be found locally at Sandpiper Gallery on Sullivan's Island, SC, at Edward Dare Gallery in Charleston, SC, at Muzio Designs in Essex, MA, and on her website, www.lesliepratt-thomas.com


memberships

American Impressionist Society
Charleston Artist Guild (CAG) Exhibiting Member
Oil Painters of America (OPA) Associate Member
Portrait Society of America
American Women Artists

awards and exhibitions

2016
• Leslie's piece (Coming In), is selected into the American Women Artists 2016 National Exhibition.
• Invitation is accepted to provide several small works for 3rd Annual Fine Art Auction in association with Morris + Whiteside Auctions at Sylvan Gallery in Charleston, SC

2015
• Paintings featured for purchase at J.A. Willy Gallery in Naples, FL.
• Original painting (Birds on a Wire) chosen for Juried Exhibition in "Carolina's Got Art!" in Charlotte, NC
• Two Person show entitled "Skirting the Coast" at Edward Dare Gallery, Charleston, SC
• Invitation accepted to provide several small works for 2nd Annual Fine Art Auction in association with Morris + Whiteside Auctions at Sylvan Gallery in Charleston, SC
• Invitation accepted to provide several pieces for Collector's Show at the Arts Center of Greenwood, SC

2014
• Invitation is accepted to participate in the juried event, "Arts on the Green," a week long plein air competition and show in Cashiers, NC
• Eight pieces are selected for "Let There Be Art," showcased at the Columbus Museum in Columbus, GA
• Leslie teaches workshop for beginner and intermediate painters at Eos Art Supply in Mt. Pleasant, SC

2013
• Group show opens at Edward Dare Gallery, Charleston, SC
• Eight pieces are selected for "Let There Be Art," showcased at the Columbus Museum in Columbus, GA

2012
Looking Left is accepted into the Third Annual Nature and Wildlife Exhibition in St. Augustine, FL
• Eight pieces are selected for "Let There Be Art", showcased at the Columbus Museum in Columbus, GA
• Paintings become available for purchase in Essex, MA at Muzio Designs
• Solo show entitled "Heart-Shaped World" in conjunction with book signing by Mary Alice Monroe opens at Sandpiper Gallery, Sullivan's Island, SC

2011
• Two person show entitled "Coastal Heritage: Our Bond With Nature" is featured in American Art Collector magazine
• One piece, Shake a Tail Feather, is chosen for the Paint America Mini Top 50, a national show
• Two pieces, Cocksure and Chicken Crosses the Road, are chosen for the Paint America Top 100, a national show

2010
• The book Shackles (illustrated by Leslie) wins a SIBA Book Award nomination
• Original painting (Sassy) chosen for Juried Exhibition in Carolina's Got Art!, Charlotte, NC

2009
Shackles wins a Silver for 2009 Moonbeam Awards
• One Woman Show and Book Launch for Shackles at Sandpiper Gallery, Sullivan’s Island, SC

2008
• Created sixteen illustrations for Shackles, a children’s book by S.C. Poet Laureate, Marjory Heath Wentworth
• Commissioned to do posthumous portrait of Walterboro Family Court Judge, the Honorable John Black

2007
• Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition (juried), Charleston, SC ~ Honorable Mention (Frolicking Foam)
• Four Person Show at Sandpiper Gallery, Sullivan’s Island, SC
• National book release: Swimming Lessons (I Can Fly – cover art)
• Painting Exhibition (invitation), Charleston, SC Charleston Garden Festival at Middleton Gardens
• Charleston Artist Guild Show, Charleston, SC ~ Honorable Mention (Early Morning Shadows at the Beach)

2006
• Charleston Artist Guild Holiday Show (juried), Charleston, SC ~ 2nd place (Pursuit of a Bouquet)
• Group Show at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC The Artist’s Eye sponsored by the SC Portrait Society of America
• Painting (I Can Fly) chosen for cover of Swimming Lessons by author Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times best-seller
• Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition (juried), Charleston, SC

2005
• One Woman Show @ Edward Dare Gallery, Charleston, SC “Our Landscape”
• Group Show at Havens Framing, Columbia, SC, invitation
• Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition (juried), Charleston, SC
• Group Show at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC “Art of Diversity Among Women,” sponsored by MUSC and the College of Charleston
• Women’s Studies, and the Center for Women, invitation

2004
• Two Person Show at Sandpiper Gallery, Sullivan’s Island, SC
• Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition (juried), Charleston, SC

2003
• Two Person Show at Spencer Gallery, Charleston, SC
• Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition (juried), Charleston, SC ~ Merit Award (Pitt Street Reflections)
• Portrait Unveiling at Charleston County Courthouse, Charleston, SC ~ Commissioned by Charleston County Bar to do the portrait of retiring Circuit Court Judge, The Honorable A. Victor Rawl
• Charleston Artist Guild Show (juried), Charleston, SC ~ 2nd place (New York is Exhausting)

2002
• Mt. Pleasant Arts Festival, Mt Pleasant, SC ~ 3rd place (Surf’s Up)
• Blessing of the Fleet, Mt Pleasant, SC ~ Best in Show (Surf’s Up)

2001
• Painting (I Can Fly) chosen for the cover of Skirt! Magazine (June issue), Charleston, SC
• One Woman Show at Blink!, Charleston, SC
• Blessing of the Fleet, Mt. Pleasant, SC ~ 3rd place (Summer Harvester)
• Mt. Pleasant Arts Festival, Mt. Pleasant, SC ~ 2nd place (Summer Harvester)
• Charleston Artist Guild Show (juried), Charleston, SC ~ Honorable mention (Summer Harvester)