Meet the Artist

Leslie Gregersen is a native of Durant, Oklahoma, and a tribal member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. As a child, she grew up in advanced classes, academic teams, and gifted and talented classes. Although an academic, she found her expressionism best in the natural world and in art.

As she grew older, she focused on her passions and abilities and became an alumnus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University holding a bachelor's in Visual Arts, and a second bachelor's in Zoology. Serving as Green Club president, and member of the Wildlife Club, she was active in the community with events like the annual ‘Durant Trash Off’ and helped initiate a recycling program at Southeastern.

She is very passionate about animals, the natural world, and conservation efforts, and incorporates those passions into her art. Her love of all things nature and animals run back to her childhood and has always been expressed through a variety of media. She has strong spirituality and connection with the natural world, and sociological issues, and is empathetic to the human condition. She uses her art, her own life, and a multitude of resources to contribute to Durant’s local community and those less fortunate.

She is the founder of Project Create and advocates many issues such as violence, domestic violence, and happy living, and promotes positivity in action. A passion that started early in her college years. Through this cause, some of what has been accomplished is facilitating ‘Lake Texoma Clean-ups’, fundraising for families in need, and contributing to churches and ministries in the area, in addition to providing artwork to victims’ families of violence, and church artworks. She often does charitable and donation work for many good causes.

She teaches painting classes part-time at Elements Art Center in Durant, Oklahoma, and works as an officer for the State of Oklahoma.

Though she is very active in the community, an advocate for anyone in need, and lives a life of immersing herself in causes, her ,,,,biggest pride and joy is being a mother to one little boy who shares a love for all things of nature and art.