Sharpsburg artist goes multimedia

May 16, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

SHARPSBURG - Leslie Norris doesn't have to look far for inspiration for her paintings, photographs and monoprints.

Her home is tucked away in the midst of 25 acres west of Sharpsburg. Out her ground-floor studio window she can see several of her gardens and plenty of grass and trees.

From her front porch she can see the family's man-made pond and occasionally deer.

So naturally nature is the major subject of her artworks, which include watercolor, acrylics and mixed media. In addition to traditional paintings, Norris paints furniture such as screens.

"I've always been interested in art, my whole life," says Norris, 54.

Despite that interest, a high school guidance counselor told her she couldn't make money being an artist, so she became an X-ray technician in Chevy Chase, Md. Her family moved to Washington County in 1989.


About eight years ago a friend encouraged her to pursue her artistic side.

Norris' work is on display at Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery Inc. in downtown Hagerstown, at her daughter Katie Norris' massage therapy studio in My Pilates Place in Hagerstown and at Breathebooks in Baltimore.

Norris said her family, including her husband and two children, support her artistic endeavors. She lives with her husband, John, two dogs, two cats, four goats and 20 chickens.

People interested in her works can contact Norris at her Sunshine Gate Studio by calling 240-217-3018 or 301-432-2490. Visit for more information.

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