11: Leslie Morgan

Oil on Panels & Rusted Metal Location: 2720 Smith Grade

Leslie Morgan was born and raised in the middle of a Texas desert where the nearest ocean was 600 miles away. As a kid, she dreamed of tropical islands, pirate boats and sea creatures. The public pool served as her primary mode of escape. Diving into the water then was the birth of a lifetime obsession and joy with aquatic experiences. She spent her early professional years in Key West working as a psychologist during the day in hospitals, jails, nursing homes and clinics. Her free time was spent anchored behind different dessert islands up and down The Keys as well as in the Bahamas. Simultaneously, Morgan developed a semi professional career as a synchronized swimmer and dove into her current profession as an artist.


Morgan - FishOnFireCropIn 2002, Morgan retired from the field of Psychology and moved to San Francisco.
With a history in photography, she began the journey of transforming this art form into her unique hybrid of painting and collage. Her memories from swimming in Texas, the Keys and Northern California serve as undercurrents to the concepts in her work. She explores ideas tied to preservation not only in regards to memory, family & female icons, as well as to the environment, consumerism and repurpose materials.

Morgan has a studio in San Francicso’s Arc Gallery and Studio in the bustling SOMA district as well as her Bonnie Doon studio. Her work has been reviewed by the SF Examiner, 96 Hours Magazine, and ArtSlant. She has shown work with galleries in California, Oregon, Georgia & Texas. She is an active participant with ArtSpan’s annual Open Studios in San Francisco, Visual Aids, California Caucus of Women Artists, and Women Environmental Artists Directory.


Morgan - Catch and Release Crop

“Catch and Release” – Leslie Morgan