Priestess of Bast, fantasy cat art by Leslie Newcomer

Leslie Newcomer has always lived with and loved cats. She has also been fascinated with myth, mysticism, and ancient cultures since her teen years. The spontaneous blending of these two passions resulted in her unique creative style.

She studied art at Northern Illinois University, graduating in 1974 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing (where painting cats was mostly frowned upon)! She moved to the Pacific Northwest shortly thereafter and after working in commercial art for several years she followed her heart and went freelance.

Since then she has been exhibiting her visionary art at science fiction - fantasy conventions and cat shows in the west - northwest and occasionally in other regions of the US.

When asked about painting other subjects her usual reply is "when I'm done with cats." (i.e. never??) Leslie lives on about 3 wooded acres just outside of Eugene Oregon with a large garden and usually about 14 assorted felines.

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