Leslie Delgyer, a world-renowned artist and environmental conservationist is a Signature Member of Artists for Conservation, a member of the Salmagundi Club, the Pastel Society of America, and a past president of the Society of Animal Artists. Leslie has received many regional as well as national honors and is represented in public, corporate and private collections.
Leslie’s journey has been a fascinating 40-year artistic journey toward conservation of the environment and the preservation of endangered species of the planet. Her art has brought her into dangerous and close encounters with subjects such as boa constrictors, wolves, cheetahs, tigers, and polar bears, which she has used as models for artworks. Every piece of artwork speaks to addressing and bringing awareness to our planet’s endangered species.
Her mission path has required an unusual passion, fearlessness, devotion and fortitude over a period of many decades. On occasion, wild animals can become potentially lethal without warning and Leslie has endured her share of close calls, several of which have been caught on camera.
Commissioned by Prince Philip, in conjunction with the World Wildlife Fund to work on their conservation stamp collection, Leslie became the first American artist to work on a stamp project for Russia after their emergence from Communism. The subject was the Siberian Tiger. Leslie has painted portraits of President Ronald Reagan’s two dogs, Lucky and Rex. The paintings hang in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California.