Inspired by the northern environment of her native Alaska and of arctic Sweden where she and her husband Jens spent several years, Leslie Klaar began painting in earnest in the 1980's. She settled in Homer in 1985 after visiting the area for decades with her family. She continued to pursue her interests which included commercial crabfishing and raising her children, Erika and Bjorn as well as studying art.
Leslie paints primarily in watercolor and sometimes uses acrylic and pastel as well. She paints a variety of natural subjects striving to capture their essences by balancing the literal and the abstract. She has painted several series of works which focus on the intimate view of the Alaskan landscape and her commentary of finding some of the less obvious scenes the most compelling whether it is a group of rocks and leaves, ferns on the forest floor or a group of dogwood flowers.
Leslie's works have won several awards in local and statewide juried shows. Her paintings are currently displayed at her galleries, High Tide Arts I & II which also features handmade knives made by Jens as well as photographs, jewelry, paintings, leather masks and embossed prints made by other local and Alaskan artists. High Tide Arts is open from Memorial Day until Labor Day located at 4306 Homer Spit Road, Homer, Alaska, (907) 226-2600 summers only.