Leslee Ortega
Acrylic Painter

I hadn’t picked up a paintbrush in 17 years. But after a disruptive move from California to Texas a few years ago, I decided to paint a pet portrait for our daughter. Honestly, I didn’t even like her cat Kona, and he didn’t like me either. But she adored him, having rescued him as a tiny, sickly baby. Since our family has always celebrated by wearing hats, I put a little party hat on him, gave him an orange background and a teal blue coat with yellow accents. That painting took me a long time to finish, but after that, pretty cool things started happening here! I’ve always been drawn to a lot of color and contrast, so it was natural for me to use this to develop my version of Contemporary Pet Portraits and Animal Art. My whimsical yet lifelike paintings are filled with energy, vibrancy and joie de vivre.

Years ago, I found the time to study art with Patricia Merrill at Mission Renaissance Studios while raising a family and working in technology and software. But using those skills was reserved for family, friends, school projects and volunteer work. After moving to McKinney, I found that the art community here was vibrant and welcoming, and was encouraged to get myself involved. Now, I make art every day and belong to the Art Club of McKinney, the McKinney Creative Community, The Cove Artist Co‑op/Gallery and the McKinney Artists and McKinney Art Studio Tour.

Leslee Ortega | Acrylic Painter | Pet Portraits | Animal Art | McKinney Texas
Alpacas, Acrylic, 24 x 24

Alpacas, Acrylic, 24 x 24

Cooper, Acrylic, 11 x 14

Cooper, Acrylic, 11 x 14

Blue, Acrylic, 16 x 20

Blue, Acrylic, 16 x 20

Yellow Cheeked Warbler ‑ Threatened, Acrylic and Collage, 18x24

Yellow Cheeked Warbler ‑ Threatened, Acrylic and Collage, 18x24

Winston, Acrylic on Linen, 16 x 20

Winston, Acrylic on Linen, 16 x 20

Luna and Beto, Acrylic, 12 x 12

Luna and Beto, Acrylic, 12 x 12

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