Lesli Larsen


Sarnia, Ontario, Canada


Sarnia native Lesli Larsen is a professional artist who specializes in realistic graphite portraits and sports photography. She has been active in both drawing and photography since childhood and these passions have led her to study drawing at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto and documentary/photojournalism at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Lesli’s enthusiasm for people and sports continues to provide immense inspiration for her work. She is currently accepting commissions for graphite portraits and her work can be found in multiple private collections in Ontario.

She is eternally grateful to God for the gifts He has given her and for being the foundation of her life.

Artist Statement

“In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

My heart’s inspiration for creating portraits originates from a personal interest with both the unique persona and physical features found in each human face, especially in the eyes. A philosopher once stated that “the eyes are the windows to “the eyes are the windows to one’s soul” – a perspective to which I agree wholeheartedly and continue to draw upon (no pun intended!) for influence. The challenge in illustrating a person’s distinctive nature remains a deeply valued source of motivation. Ultimately, my deepest artistic satisfaction exists in capturing the heart of an individual through the depth and honesty that lies within their eyes.
Each original portrait is referenced by a photograph(s) and is composed upon thick, smooth paper that enables considerable detail and lifelike quality. I utilize a spectrum of graphite values from light to dark grey in order to establish the wide range of shadows and highlights present within each subject. The ensuing result is a traditional realistic portrait with a soft, airbrushed appearance that is intended to flatter yet honestly reflect that person.
Graphite as an artistic medium fulfills my desire for immense detail while also facilitating a classic and timeless feel to each piece. The simplicity of black and white ultimately serves to effectively reveal the goal of each portrait: to fully convey the essence of the individual.



Lesli Larsen

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