Kacper Coal, #5 - Leslie Arnold

Leslie Arnold

Bio and CV

The practice of art in any medium which I have tried has always been non-verbal – I do not start with the aim of depicting a narrative. My work is abstract though sometimes suggests views through or great distance or space below the surface. I enjoy collage since it allows me to combine disparate materials but always with the challenge of creating a whole. I continue to explore the basic elements of composition and color and am inspired by landscape, aerial photography, industrial shapes and textures, translucence, reflections, ambiguity of space, and the transformative quality of light.

The combination of silk aquatint with collagraph gives me techniques to practice collage on a flat surface but further rewards me with rich color and subtlety of edge and surface. Printmaking provides me the exquisite element of surprise; I cannot control all of its variables (not now and perhaps never) so the outcome remains uncertain until the print emerges.

Photography provides me the chance to capture composition and light in a variety of settings. I enjoy finding “pieces” of scenes and with composition alone creating an unexpected view. Objects may become something “other” as a result. I rarely crop my photos and never use programs to manipulate the qualities of the original image. Either the spontaneous capture works for me or it doesn’t.

All of the prints shown here are unique. While I am able to obtain multiple different prints from each plate which create a series, each individual print results from a single inking. The three papers used for the prints shown are all 100% cotton rag. The surfaces and colors vary and influence the inks differently. I favor the rich cream hue of the Magnani Pescia, but the whites of Rives BFK and Somerset Satin also work well with the Charbonnel Aqua Wash etching inks.

Each card consists of an original print secured in a white Strathmore acid-free window card (card size 5 1/16 x 6 7/8) with envelope.

An offshoot of my prints is a collaboration with VIDA, a company based in San Francisco which produces beautiful cashmere/silk scarves based on some of my prints. A link to my page at their site appears on the Contact page.


  • BA in English Wellesley College 1971
  • Museum of Fine Arts Continuing Education Program, Boston, MA and Massachusetts College of Art Evening Program   1977-1987
  • Irvine Arts Center, Irvine, CA  Printmaking Classes 2010-2013


  • EES Arts Collaborative (printmaking collaborative), Boston, MA 1987-1990
  • Printers LINKed, Irvine, CA 2014-present
  • Southern California Artists 2017


  • 1990-1998
    Exhibitions at Vernon Street Studios and Miller Street Studios, Somerville, MA
  • 2010
    IFAC All Media Juried Exhibition
    Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA
  • 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017
    Made in California Juried Exhibitions
    Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA
  • 2013
    Cover Photograph, POOL A Journal of Poetry, Issue #12
    Los Angeles, CA
  • 2017
    IFAC All Media Juried Exhibition
    Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA
  • 2017
    Nature Prevails, BC Space
    Laguna Beach, CA

Visit www.lesliearnoldart.com