Leslie Kell, a seasoned lens-based artist, and designer has dedicated over 35 years to her career in the Austin area. Holding a BA with a background in painting and illustration, Leslie initially worked as a freelance graphic artist before expanding into photography and digital art. In 2008, she embarked on developing a distinctive technique that seamlessly merged her photos and drawings, resulting in her unique images.

Taking her artistic pursuits to new heights, Leslie incorporated layers of video to craft mesmerizing cinemagraphs. These captivating creations have graced the spaces of the Austin Bergstrom International Airport, featured in juried exhibitions, public art installations, film festivals, the digital edition of the Summer 2020 NARM Quarterly, and even found a place in physician waiting rooms.

Leslie’s artistic journey includes participation in numerous exhibits, especially in the realm of digital art showcases. Her contributions have earned her awards, featured exhibitions, and a solo show at the Elisabet Ney Museum. Additionally, she has been commissioned to create artwork for various publications.

Residing in the Austin area with her husband of 37 years, her devoted dog Frida, and two cats, Leslie actively contributes to the arts community. She serves on the boards of two nonprofit arts organizations and has previously held the position of president in one. Leslie’s extensive involvement includes curating and organizing numerous fine art exhibitions, all while maintaining a robust schedule of her own exhibits.

the art

My artwork is created using my own original technique that synthesizes the artistry of design and photography. I work with natural forms to create environments in which my photos are assembled into the spaces and patterns of my drawings. As these elements interact to create the highlights, shadows, and contours of the new image, they unfold to deeper discoveries within the composition. I create the works within Collections that are based on original poetry adding another layer to the narrative.

My imagery often explores the evasive nature of our perceptions and the ever-shifting currents of our realities. The optimistic artwork pays homage to the natural world, celebrating its fragility and its profound connection to our collective human experience. Recurring themes of water, light, and reflection in my work serve to emphasize the fleeting nature of our memories. The shimmering images and ephemeral changes of light act as a reminder that things are not always as they seem.

The works are meant to stir a sense of something familiar, perhaps a place you might not quite recall—but somehow, have been waiting to visit.

My artwork is created in series and grouped into collections. Each collection contains several works based on a theme.

The imagery is optimistic and celebrates beauty while revealing a glimpse into a new world. I often use recurring themes of water, light and reflection to capture that instant of sensation when these elements slide into each other. I find the shimmering images and ephemeral changes of light to be a powerful reminder of the fleeting nature of our visions. 

Early images were based on music that speaks to my sensibilities and the titles were inspired by the poetic lyrics. I enjoyed creating a sensation of being able to “hear” an image. As time went on, and recent collections have evolved, the narrative is driven by my own prose in The Other SideLumen, Artifacts and Vestiges Collections.

Explore the collections in the gallery.

A selection of my images are transformed into “Artist Masters” with the addition of custom designed enhanced framing and hand painting.

Each Artist Master is a unique creation and is only produced in this way one time, making the final crafted product an investment grade archival original. They are constructed with museum quality materials and are intended to survive the test of time.

The archival canvas is printed and paint and textural elements are added. While I enjoy the precise digital construction process, adding the unpredictable and spontaneous paint splatters seems to further cement the image on this side of the computer screen.

Finally, the artwork is finished with enhanced custom framing to create a sculptural presentation that reaches beyond the bounds of the canvas.

Once a design is produced as an Artist Master, it is not reproduced in the same way again. All works come with a signed Certificate of Authenticity.

Browse Available Artist Masters

My artwork is a melding of design and photography. Adding layer of video seemed so natural. These magical hybrids are based on my photographic compositions and have been remastered with video overlays.

As with all of my art, the design, photography and footage is original.
And the possibilities are endless….

These moving artworks are well suited for many spaces – from fine art exhibits to corporate and private screens to public art.

Learn more here.

My images are highly flexible and can be adapted to provide unique options for collectors ranging from museum quality one-of-a-kind Artist Masters to limited-edition prints on fine art paper to open editions on metal, canvas and more.

All of my prints are produced with archival museum-grade materials and hand signed.

Just pick your favorite image and we can print a piece to your space and budget.

Refer to the individual artwork pages for popular sizes for purchase online.
Or, if you are seeking something different, we can custom design a piece just for your space on a variety of media.

I offer virtual hangings to my collectors and clients so we can work together to fill the space just right.

Learn more about custom prints and pricing.

Through my unique technique I am able to create customized artwork to capture specific locations, special events and various themes for both commercial and private collections.

CUSTOM COMPOSITIONS: Imagine transforming your photos into a special piece of art that will speak to you on a personal level every time you look at it. Because each piece may use a dozen or more photographs, there will always be something to discover in the layers and layers of images within the composition, making your piece an heirloom that will be enjoyed for generations.

HOW IT WORKS: Find out more about my process and pricing options.

Do you have a project that needs artwork? See an image that you would like to use? For licensing inquiries, contact Leslie to discuss details and image availability for both business and personal use.

the practice


Bachelor of Science in Art, 1986, Texas A&M – Commerce 


Public Art

Austin Bergstrom International Airport – digital displays

Sacred Springs Kite Exhibition – Austin Central Library, San Marcos Public Library

City of Reno, Canyon Flats Video Wall Exhibition, Public art, February 2022 featured artist


Thin Spaces: Seeking Natural Ethereal Conduits – Dougherty Art Center, Austin – 3 person show

Georgetown City Hall – Solo Show


The Apropos Show, Umlauf Sculpture Garden – Invitational Group Show

Project Happiness, Round Rock Arts – juried exhibit – Awarded Honorable Mention

Summer Exposure 2023, Link & Pin Art Space – Invitational Group Show

Springing Into Colour, Art for the People Gallery – juried exhibit

Hope for Spring: Texas Trees, Neil Cochran House Museum – juried exhibit

Expressions of Love, Inspired Minds Art Center – juried exhibit

Thin Space: Transcending the Ordinary – J Gallery, Shalom Austin – 3 person show

Currents – Georgetown Public Library – Solo show


Austin Studio Tour – Circle C Creatives & Tree Garden “Art for Water”

The Front Fest 2022 Showcase – Film Festival Official Artist

Diorama Room “Tune in to Green – Exhibition Seven” –Curated Film Compilation

Round Rock Art – Word(scapes) – juried exhibit – “We Blink in the Brightness” Awarded First Place

Summer Strut @ Link and Pin – Invitational Group Show

Conversations Group Show- Artist and Curator – Inspired Minds Art Center

Art Spree Group Show – Art for the People

City of Reno, Canyon Flats Video Wall Exhibition, Public art, February featured artist


Almost Real Things Magazine, “Combo” issue

Nature Art Exhibit – International Online Art Collective – juried virtual exhibit

DIGIBILITIES: The Possibilities Are Endless – Featured Artist and Curator – Inspired Minds Art Center

“Let’s Talk” – Round Rock Arts – juried exhibit

Love Is In The Air – Mercer Street Art Gallery – juried exhibit

Austin Studio Tour 2021


Tiny Treasures Exhibit – Round Rock Arts – juried exhibit

Austin Studio Tour 2020 

“Come Closer“ – Solo Exhibit – Georgetown Public Library

Austin Art + Love = Home – Art for the People

“Something on My Mind” – Old Bakery Consignors Special Exhibit – Invitational Group Show

EMBRACE – Inspired Minds Art Center – juried exhibit 

Georgetown Art Hop 2020 – juried exhibit

Daydreams & Distractions – Inspired Minds Art Center – juried exhibit

re[IMAGINE] – Round Rock Arts – juried exhibit

“Critters: Our Animal World” – Georgetown Art Works – juried exhibit

ART ART ART II – Art for the People


“Floating Points” – Georgetown Art Center – curated group show

“Art of Celebration” Art for the People Gallery, Austin TX  – juried exhibit

2019 People’s Gallery Exhibition at Austin City Hall, Austin, TX  – juried exhibit

2019 Round Rock Arts Interlude, An Art Exhibit  – juried exhibit

2019 re[IMAGINE] – juried exhibit – Awarded 1st Place – Photography 

WEST Austin Studio Tour, guest at  Blue Genie Big Top

“Adventure, Fantasy, & Fun”,  Art for the People Gallery, Austin TX  – juried exhibit

“Creative Currents”, Link & Pin Art Space – 3 person show

“From Austin With Love”, Old Bakery Consignors Special Exhibit – Invitational Group Show

“Prismatics” – featured artist at Art Connections Gallery

FotoATX, Elisabet Ney Museum –  solo exhibit

Laura Bush Community Library, Austin TX  – 3 person show

2019 Red Dot Art Spree and Exhibition – Invitational Group Show

2019 Art Hop Juried Exhibit

Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair – represented by Steidel Fine Art

Austin Bergstrom International Airport – digital displays – public art

Bruegger’s Bagels, Austin TX –  solo exhibit

TownLake YMCA, Austin TX –  solo exhibit

Tiny Art of Texas, 218 Coop Gallery – juried show

East Austin Studio Tour – Cement Loop


“Dulce Bytes”, Kerr Arts and Cultural Center – Curated Group Show

“Sense of Place”, Cultivate 7twelve, Waco TX – Invitational Group Show

“Elsewhere”, Link & Pin Art Space – 3 Person Show 

“Summer Splendor” – ArtSpace Round Rock Arts – juried exhibit

Old Bakery Consignors Special Exhibit – Invitational Group Show

The Big Show – Texas State University, Round Rock Arts –juried exhibit – Awarded Honorable Mention

D3: Electric Dreams, Austin Bergstrom International Airport – 3 Person Show

D3: Pixelscapes, Gallery at the J – 3 Person Show


“How Did They Do That?”, Gallery at the J – Invitational Group Show 

Mixed Media Group Show – Lost Pines Art Center, Georgetown, TX 

West Austin Studio Tour

Art at the Y, Townlake YMCA, Austin, TX – Solo show

The Big Show – Texas State University, Round Rock Arts – Juried show

“Elsewhere”, North Hills Gallery, Austin, TX – 3 Person Show 


Georgetown Arts and Cultural Guide 2016–17 – Cover art 

Electron Salon, LACDA, Los Angeles – Invitational Group Show

2016 Art Hop Competition, Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, semi-finalist, Art on 5th Gallery

Third Coast National, K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi – National Juried show

“Pixels & Patina” – Link & Pin Art Space – 2 Person show 

“Behind the Seen” – Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, Kerrville – 2 Person show

“Collective Dimensions: The Space Within”, Old Bakery & Emporium, Austin  – 3 Person show


2015 People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall, Austin, TX  – Juried show

Gallery Georgetown 2015 featured art, Arts and Culture Guide cover 

The Vineyard at Florence – Solo show

Light Space & Time Online Gallery, 5th Annual “CityScapes” Art Exhibition: “Hear the Highway Breathing”– Special Merit Award

Old Bakery and Emporium Art Gallery – 2 Person show

Third Coast National, K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX – National Juried show

Georgetown Art Hop Juried Exhibition, Georgetown Art Center – National Juried show

Dougherty Arts Center, Austin, TX – Solo show


2014 People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall, Austin, TX

Dougherty Arts Center – Free Expressions Juried Show  

“Between Space & Time” – Link & Pin, Austin – 2 Person show

North Hills Gallery – Creative Arts Society Juried Show 

2014 Third Coast National Juried Show, Corpus Christi, TX

Wildfire, Georgetown, TX – Solo show

“The Mirror Effect” St. David’s, Austin TX – Solo show

2014 People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall, Austin, TX

Round Rock Arts: IMAGINE Juried Show

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport – Gate Area Posters


ArtList.com – People’s Choice Award

Manhattan Arts Int. “Healing Power of Art” Exhibition – Juried show

2013 AVAA WEST show, Austin, TX – Invitational group show

Live Oak Art Center 2013 Juried Exhibition, Columbus, TX 

Dougherty Arts Center, Austin TX – Juried show

Gallery by Jeana Marino, Austin ,TX – Invitational group show


2012 People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall, Austin, TX – Juried show

Scarbrough Building, Austin, TX – Solo show

AVAA 35th Anniversary Show, Austin, TX – Juried show

Luminaria, San Antonio, TX – performance collaboration

Art on the Roof, Austin TX – Invitational group show

Summer Eclectica – Phoenix Trade Depot, Austin TX – Invitational group show


Featured Artist, Studio 2 gallery, Austin, TX

Vino 100, Round Rock, TX – Solo show

North Hills Gallery, Austin, TX – Solo show

Jung Center, Houston TX – Solo show

Art Across the Americas – National Juried Exhibition, UT

AVAA Members Show • Austin Art Space • Austin, TX

EAST (East Austin Studio Tour) – Real Gallery 

Origin Magazine Art Show – Quattro Gallery


Fair Bean Coffee, Real Gallery, Austin, TX – Solo show

Scarbrough Building Lobby, Austin – Solo show

Live Oak Art Center 2010 Juried Exhibition, Columbus, TX  

“Rhythms of Nature” Juried Exhibition, studio2gallery, Austin

MSC Forsyth Center Galleries, Bryan TX

“For the Love of Art”, Walker’s Gallery, San Marcos, TX

Haven Gallery, Austin, TX


Central Market Cafe, Westgate – Solo show

Live Oak Art Center 2009 Juried Exhibition, Columbus,TX 

“Digital Diversity” Juried Open 2009, Topanga Canyon Gallery

“Organic: Basic Inspiration” Juried Exhibition, studio2gallery 

SNAP TO GRID: Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, L.A., CA


Project Happiness, Round Rock Arts – juried exhibit – Awarded Honorable Mention

Round Rock Art – Word(scapes) – juried exhibit – “We Blink in the Brightness” Awarded First Place

2022 Art Hop Juror for Photography and Digital

2019 re[IMAGINE] – juried exhibit – “I Was Learning to See” Awarded First Place, Photography 

Round Rock Arts BIG show – “What Have I Done?” Awarded Honorable Mention 

Dougherty Arts Center – Free Expressions Juried Show –Awarded Best of Show 

North Hills Gallery – Creative Arts Society Juried Show –Awarded Best of Show

Light Space & Time Online Gallery, 5th Annual “CityScapes” Art Exhibition, Special Merit Award 

The ArtList.com People Choice Winner – March 2013

Old Bakery Emporium Art Gallery Juried Show, Juror

HONORABLE MENTION: Live Oak Art Center 2009 Juried Exhibition, Columbus, TX



Tandem Arts Partnership – Publicity Chair, 2023

Circle C Creatives, Organizing Committee, 2021–2023

Buda Area Artists Collective, Steering Committee, 2020

ArtUS Co, Pump Project, Graphic Design Committee Chair, 2019, 2020

Austin Creative Arts Society, Special Events Chair, 2021, 2022

Austin Creative Arts Society, Public Relations Officer, 2019, 2020 

Austin Creative Arts Society, President, 2017, 2018

Austin Creative Arts Society, Newsletter and Website Chair, 2012-2016


Round Rock Art – Word(scapes) – juried exhibit – “We Blink in the Brightness” Awarded First Place

Re-Imagine 2019, Round Rock Arts – “Learning to See” Awarded 1st Place Photography 

The BIG Show, 2018 Round Rock Arts Juried Show – “What Have I Done? ” Awarded Honorable Mention, Juror: Nick Ramos

Light Space and Time Gallery 5th Annual “CityScapes” Art Exhibition “Hear the Highway Breathing” selected for a Special Merit Award, juror: Carolyn Edlund, www.artsyshark.com  The gallery received 676 entries from 17 different countries from around the world. See the Catalog

North Hills Gallery: Creative Arts Society Juried Show – “Will I Still be in your Eyes and on Your Mind?” Awarded Best of Show

Free Expressions Juried Show: Dougherty Arts Center – “Expecting to Fly” Awarded Best of Show

The ArtList.com People’s Choice Award – March 2013 “Congratulations to Leslie Kell the Feb. 2013 Viewer’s Choice Winner with a whopping 475 Votes! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Leslie-Kell/72463678680″

Manhattan Arts International “Celebrating the Healing Power of Arts” Online Exhibition Award of Excellence Winner : “Tree Museum”



Canvas Rebels, The Story Behind the Idea and Learning the Craft

Voyage AustinChange Makers Series

Almost Real ThingsIssue 20: Creative Combo, featured artist

ShoutoutDFW, August 2020, “The lessons we’ve learned along the way

Almost Real Things, Issue 17: Process-ing, featured artist

Artsy Shark, Artist Media Kit, Video interview for online course

VoyageHouston,  May 2019, Artist Interview, Thought-Provokers series

Into the Sun“, featured artwork on the covers of Austin All Natural and NARM Quarterly publications.

BEHIND THE ART, Podcast interview brought to you by Artisans Connect Gallery

Art Rendezvous, Episode 4, online interview

Voyage Houston Magazine  

February 2019
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Building an artistic practice can be compared to chiseling through a wall…”

Voyage Dallas Magazine  

July 2018
“Today we’d like to introduce you to Leslie Kell.
Leslie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far. I was raised in Garland and began my journey as a painter and illustrator until transitioning to a career as a graphic artist….”

boredpanda: Surreal Digital Art Opens A Portal To An Alternative Universe

September 2016
Artist Leslie Kell is obsessed with transforming her photography into complex, architecturally-inspired digital collages that entrance the viewer. Passageways lead to dreamlike worlds and gardens filled with mystical delights….. read more

Artsy Shark Gallery: Inspired Living > A Conversation with Artist Leslie Kell

July 2016

Lake Austin Lifestyle Magazine

Novermber 2015
“…The pieces are large, muscular and energize the space around them in a way that combines extravagance with playfulness. “The architectural forms and natural components in her images, create a strong sense of otherworldliness and spontaneity that will delight our audiences,” Webb says….”

Austin Chronicle

“…Kell’s working the sort of high-level graphic wizardry that’s impressive in and of itself, even when it doesn’t result in – as it so often does, in this exhibition – in exquisite beauty. That, when framing her printed works, the artist chooses to transcend the digital and adds brass fittings and polished branches and more to complement and intensify the beauty of each bright wonder … ”

Artsy Shark

Serious about Art Marketing: “Austin, Texas-based artist Leslie Kell takes a professional approach to promoting her work. Her marketing plan is impressive, and provides some great examples for other artists.”
Part 1

Part 2

Austin All Natural

November 2014
“…the worlds she creates virtual environments that transform photographic images by placing them into spaces and patterns of her own designs, melding natural elements with architecture to draw you into the composition.”

Artsy Shark

Featured Artist: “Artist Leslie Kell creates amazing environments using a complex process….”


Artist’s Spotlight: Leslie Kell Artist – Photographic Interpretations

Austin All Natural

December 2013
“Leslie Kell’s newest creations explore the freedom of flight, with images that inspire the senses and create a sense of wonder, movement and sound.”

Artpromotivate: Second Online Youtube Art Exhibition

“10 artists and artworks have been chosen for our second online video exhibition. We have been accepting submissions for curated video slideshow exhibitions.”

Luminaria 2012

Bringing contemporary art to public spaces in San Antonio, Texas. “Artists …. were challenged to pursue cross-disciplinary collaborations”

Austin All Natural

Sept 2011
“…these new images use elements of nature to represent the human spirit. The choice of water and feather photography, Leslie explains, “symbolizes the cleansing and soaring of the spirit behind the façade. The little creatures are there to remind us we’re not alone.”

Austin All Natural

April 2011
“… a primitive art form is transformed into a new medium…a New Age quilt, a quilt that exists in a different dimension, a quilt that you won’t sleep under because it’s a work of digital art. It’s a juxtaposition of what you’d think of as something homey and warm and comfortable that helps you sleep, and something that’s visually stimulating and creates just enough tension to wake you up.”

Austin Chronicle

“…a digital photographic collage on canvas by Leslie Kell: Winter’s Summer Home; it’s a kaleidoscopic image that, via its vivid mirror-mad beauty, almost single-handedly validates computer-aided photo manipulation. One wishes a leaded glass version of this image for the window above the front door of one’s lottery-born dream home.”

What is it?

Digital photographic compositions. Leslie creates virtual environments in which photographic images are assembled into the spaces and patterns of her designs. As the photos are layered and manipulated in Photoshop, they interact to create the highlights, shadows, contours, and textures of the artwork. There are no special filters or algorithms involved. 


How does she do it?

Her fine art digital photo compositions are created using a technique that she has been developing for over 10 years. 

Each design begins with a sketch. Then, a line drawing is created in Adobe Illustrator, which is transferred to Photoshop. Utilizing an intricate process, she pastes her photographs into the “cells” of the drawing.  From there, the manipulation and “magic” occurs. Once satisfied with the image, an Artist’s Master is produced.

Learn more about the creative process.


What is an Artist’s Master?

The final image is printed on an archival canvas and hand stretched onto heavy duty stretcher bars that have been pre-drilled for the custom designed framing. She then adds some original analog to the process by adding texture with spattering paint across the canvas to add a spark of spontaneity. The custom framing/enhancement is designed and executed to complete the piece.

As a general philosophy, she utilizes only the highest quality materials as she plans each one to be museum-quality.

Learn more about Artist Masters.


How long does it take?

Start to finish takes several weeks. Each piece goes through a long process to create; beginning with the photography, progressing through the design process, printing and finally custom enhanced framing.  


Are these her original photos?

All photography is original and her own, with the exception of commission artworks. Learn more about custom art using your photos in the Custom Artwork page .


What does “archival inks on canvas” mean?

Once the image is final the high resolution file is sent to a fine art printer. The printer uses a high-end giclee printing process to create an archival print on canvas and adds varnish for extra protection.


Is this one of a kind?

While the images are digital in their beginnings, the final Artist’s Master is a one-of-a-kind hand-crafted original. Once a design is printed and enhanced, it is not reprinted in the same format again. 

Learn more about Artist Masters.


Can I change the framing?

No, because each piece is crafted and designed with original framing, it is an integral part of the artwork and would result in damage if removed.  she considers the framing as part “sculpture” and a part of the original art.  


How do I know this will fit in my space?

Leslie offers virtual test drives! Send her a photo of the area you wish to place the art and she can “virtually hang” any artwork into your photo. To ensure the best representation, please send a well-lit photo. Also include some sort of size reference of how big the space is. (For instance: the couch is 6 feet long and 3 feet tall OR the railing is 48 inches tall) 

Learn more about Virtual Hangings.


How do I buy one?

Visit the gallery pages to find the artwork you love, then explore the options. If you don’t see an option that fits your space and budget, simply fill out the contact form and she’ll create a custom print.


Can I buy over time?

Yes, we can create a custom payment plan that meets your needs. 


Will you deliver and install?

She will deliver and install to locations within a 100 mile radius of Austin.


Will you ship?

Yes, shipping is priced on a piece-by-piece basis due to the variations in packaging, size and weight. 


Does she offer image licensing?

Yes, if you have a project that needs artwork and see an image that you would like to use, contact Leslie to discuss details and image availability. Her work has been used on magazine and book covers, marketing campaigns and more. She always retain all reproduction rights.


Is the artwork available for lease?

Absolutely.  Often, leasing is the best way to add stunning artwork to a commercial space at a reduced cost. Let’s talk!


Can I get a different size?

Yes, she offers open edition prints in custom sizes. We can size a piece to your space and budget. There are preset options on the artwork page, but if you don’t see what you want, contact her for a quote.

More on custom prints here.


Does she do custom work?

Yes! The technique offers unique opportunities for images that are highly customizable and can feature specific locations, special events and other themes close to your heart. 

Visit the Custom Artwork page and you will see the finished artwork along with a few of the images used to create the design.


How do I care for my artwork?

You may need to dust it every now and then, but overall it should require very little maintenance and will provide years and years of enjoyment. 

The framing and hanging hardware is designed to support the art  without any issues. Be sure to use an appropriate wall hanger for the weight of the piece.

Moving it around in excess is discouraged as the canvas can scratch. If you need to relocate, please wrap for protection during transfer.


What happens if it is damaged?

We will help you restore it as much as possible to its original state for a small fee.

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If you are interested in the purchase or lease of any of the artworks, have questions about custom prints, licensing, commissions, or just want to say hello, please complete and submit this contact form.

A selection of my works are available in standard sizes at: saatchiart.com/LeslieKell