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Meet Lisa Leskien -  Artist on the Loose


Lisa Leskien is an artist on the loose.  Always on the move, Lisa enjoys running and cycling on the trails near her home in South Frontenac, Ontario.  She uses the inspiration from the beautiful scenes she moves through to create vibrant acrylic and oil paintings and linocut prints.  Lisa has been known to combine running and painting in trail races in Ontario, completing the race and multiple paintings within the race time limits.  She can also be found on the go, teaching painting, printmaking, and crochet for the Kingston School of Art, and in her Studio as a Resident Artist at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning in Kingston.  She teaches the arts and physical education at the elementary level for the Limestone District School Board.  Lisa is also a running coach and race director at Spafford Health and Adventure.

Exhibitions/Group Shows:


  • Merry Mini's Group show - Clinehouse Gallery, Cornwall, ON

  • Kingston Square Foot Show (Sold out), Kingston, ON

  • Daft Art Day - Live Painter Daft Brewery, Kingston, ON

  • Art After Dark, Exhibition at YGK Coffee house - Kingston, ON

  • Mutation Group show - Minotaur, Kingston, ON

  • Rideau Artist of the year Plein Air Competition Group show - Smiths Falls, ON

  • Petite Square foot Show

  • Daft Art Day - summer - Kingston, ON

  • Women's Art Fest - Kingston, ON

  • Quinte Arts Council Plein Air Competition Group Show - Belleville, ON

  • Art Party Group Show - Kingston, ON

  • Summer Group Show - Blue Crow Gallery - Toronto, ON

  •  Lakeside Studio Gallery Artist (Various Group shows) - Bath, ON

  • KSOA Staff and Student Show - Kingston, ON

  •  Pi Art Exhibition - Toronto, ON


  • Merry Mini's Square foot show, Clinehouse Gallery, Cornwall, ON

  • Show of Smalls, Art Noise, Kingston, ON

  • Melt "Give a little bit" group exhibition, Picton ON

  • Melt Decay group exhibition, Picton, ON

  • Kingston Square Foot Show, Kingston ON

  • TOMPE Printmaking Exhibition, London ON

  • Melt Artists Juried Exhibition, Picton ON

  • Melt Moonwatchers Show, Picton ON



  •  Kingston School Of Art Paint the Town Group Exhibition, Kingston ON

  • Loft Gallery Square Foot Show, Thornbury ON

 Solo Shows:

  • 2023 Into the Great Wide Open, Solo Show, Lakeside Studio Gallery, Bath, ON


  • 2023 Quinte Arts Council Plein Air Competition - 3rd prize -Belleville, ON


  • 2023 Studio Artist Resident - Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, Kingston, ON

Gallery Representation:

  • 2023 Lakeside Studio Gallery, Bath, ON

Painting on the Run:

  • 2023 - Fat Ass 6hour Race - Trenton, ON

  • 2023 - Tally in the Valley, 24 hour race, Hamilton, ON

  • 2022 - Falling Water Trail Marathon, Eugenia ON – 42.2km and 6 paintings on the run

  • 2022 – Foxtail Trail Race, Dundas ON – 50k and 4 paintings on the run


  • 2023 Pine Point Lakehouse Painting Retreat with Gordon Harrison

  • 2022 Paint a Forest with Michelle Reid

  • 2004 Bachelor of Education, Brock University

  • 2003 Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours– Studio Art major, York University


  • 2022 -Present – Artist instructor – Kingston School of art – Introduction to Acrylic Painting, Intermediate Acrylic Painting, Open painting studio, Comprehensive Crochet,  Introduction to Lino cut Printmaking, Paint-tober daily painting practice, Intergenerational Art workshops, Art Safari guest instructor, Daft Brewery Paint n Pint, and Acrylic painting at the Kingsbridge Retirement residence

  • 2021-2023– Art instructor – Tie One On Creativity Bar, Kingston ON -  Acrylic paint workshops, Learn to Crochet, Lino Cut Printmaking, Intergenerational workshops, Painting Parties, Date night Paint nights, Sunflowers for Ukraine Fundraising Paint night.

  • 2021-2024- Elementary teacher, Kingston and Area

  • 2005-2021 - Elementary teacher, Brantford ON

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