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Leslie Graff holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Brigham Young University. She spends her time working in acrylics and mixed media. While exploring a variety of series, her work is unified by a shared theme-- the complexity of human experience. It explores identity, relationships, connection, influence, and specifically the intangibles of thought and emotion. She is fascinated by personal narratives, interactions within culture, and the intimacy of the mind. She is most known for her domestic series and explorations of women. A bold palette, cumulated elements, and use of discrete color characterize her pieces. She draws inspiration from art nouveau, and midcentury illustration and is influenced by artists Gustav Klimt, Hans Hofmann, Wayne Thiebaud, and Coby Whitmore.  Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows across the country, including ten museums and is regularly seen universities, and galleries. Her work is held in many private collections. Her work has been featured in books and magazines, including a profile on, her work has been reviewed in the Boston Globe, and featured on Inquiry on NPR. Leslie is currently on the faculty at the Danforth Art Museum School. She has taught creative arts in California, Utah, Massachusetts, and Virginia and lectures frequently. She is active in humanitarian work and is passionate about building opportunity for others.  She lives in Sutton, MA with her husband and three sons.