Leslie Shiels (1950) is a full-time painter. She attended (DAAP) the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning, earning a BFA from the University in 1974. She has been exhibited in galleries, museums and civic venues throughout the United States. Her work has become a part of numerous corporate and private collections. Leslie Shiels is represented in the permanent collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio, The Masur Museum of Art, Louisiana, the Alexandria Museum of Art, Louisiana, The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wisconsin, The Customs House Museum, Tennessee, Masterworks Museum, Bermuda, Canton Museum of Art, OH & Huntington Museum of Art, West Virginia.
The Art critics have described her paintings as lush, powerful, and skillful works of art. Her work has been featured in Artist Magazine and seen on the set of ABC’s Nashville for seasons 1 through 4. As well, The Cincinnati Childrens Hospital and the Mercy Health Systems’s Mercy West house major site-specific commissions. She served on the boards of The Art Academy of Cincinnati & Weston Art Gallery at the Aronoff Center for the Arts as a regional artist liaison. She was awarded residencies at the Weir Trust, Connecticut, Anderson Ranch, Colorado, and South Hampton, Bermuda. The Indian Hill Historical Society published a book of her paintings, Indian Hill, A Point of View.
She has traveled to paint in many locations, some noteworthy being Bermuda, France, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida & the Carolinas. Currently, she maintains a studio in the West End of Cincinnati, Ohio and downtown Aiken, South Carolina.