Leesa Stevens (She/Her)
My artistic endeavors have come full circle with the creation of the many pieces that I am currently working on, the latest of which isLOVE IS LOVE, displayed here. As an art teacher, first teaching crafts in the 70’s with a very limited supply budget, one of my first assignments to my students was to create a piece of art using ‘found’ objects. Both my students and I greatly enjoyed the experience and ‘found’ objects were often incorporated into other more traditional artwork I subsequently created.
After moving to Arizona, I put teaching aside and went back to school and received a degree in Environmental Architecture and Design and opened a business as a custom home designer in the Valley. Retirement led to some traveling and a move to Sedona.
Upon moving to Sedona, I felt myself becoming more attuned to the environment and became dismayed at the sheer volume of trash produced and joined most of the rest of the town as an avid recycler. Soon, even some recyclables became unwanted and I turned my thoughts to using plastics, glass, cloth, paper and some metals to create pieces of art. I enjoy the challenge of combining all of these different materials and doing my part to show art doesn’t necessarily have to be made from traditional materials. I also am in the process of completing a six piece outdoor installation composed of mainly (blue) colored bottles.
Aside from creating art, I am also the legislative advocate for Arizona End of Life Options, an organization focused on legalizing Medical aid in Dying here in Arizona.