Leslie Anne Peck is a native of Buffalo, New York. She moved to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology where she received her Bachelors Degree in Fine Art. In 1987 Leslie spent a year studying art in Italy at the Scuola di Lorenzo De Medici in Florence and subsequently apprenticed in Rome with renowned illustrator Alessandro Biffignandi. Leslie began a freelance career in romance book cover illustration in 1988. Her career took off in romance painting and she has enjoyed two decades of success painting in that genre. While still enjoying a tremendous success in the publishing field, Leslie's love for portraiture of people and animals has found its expression in her most recent oil paintings.
Peck has been commissioned by several publishers, including Random House, Penguin Putnam, Avon Books, New American Library and Pinnacle Publishing. Her paintings are also represented globally for second right printings. Leslie has painted portraits for the Commercial Bank of Long Island, Jefferson's Ferry Life Care Co. and the Mologne House of Washington DC as well as many private clients.
After marrying and moving to the scenic Saratoga Springs area of NY, Peck has been inspired by her surroundings and has further expanded her repertoire with an intense love and study of farm animals and their environment. Using her extensive background in portrait painting, Peck is able to create classic, yet bold portraits of these beautiful animals which are packed with a stately ambiance. Utilizing strong contrasts in the light and shadow, the results are figures that jump off the canvas.
Leslie Peck’s work has been shown in an exclusive show at the Greenwich Free Library and was part of the Agricultural Stewardship Association’s, Landscape for Landsakes Show. ASA’s annual landscape and farmland art show has become the premier art show in the Washington and Saratoga region. The artist donated a significant portion of the proceeds to support ASA’s farmland protection efforts.
Additionally, she has donated her work to help raise money for Saratoga Hospital and Mary McClellan Hospital as well as a The Elisabeth Morrow School.
Leslie Peck resides in Greenwich, NY with her husband and three children,