Ambassador of the Week: Leslie Lambert Redhead

Meet Leslie Lambert Redhead, this week’s top American Watercolor Weekly Ambassador!

“Tormenta” (watercolor, 14×21) was created using squirt bottles and spray bottles. There is no better way to create the action of water than with water.

Leslie Lambert Redhead is an artist, teacher, illustrator, and author known for her dramatic watercolors. Her art focuses on the combination of spontaneity and detail that watercolor has to offer. She continues to explore the possibilities and pushes the medium beyond its limitations to achieve luminous and incredible results. 

Leslie’s paintings are in private and corporate collections worldwide. She has a Master of Education in Art Education and holds signatures with Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) and the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC), Leslie conducts workshops in Canada, the U.S., and Spain. She currently resides near Spokane, WA.

Her work is featured in Splash 10: Passionate Brushstrokes from the Splash: Best of Watercolor series, Leslie Redhead: the life of an artist, and Making It! Case Studies of Successful Canadian Artists. She is the author of Watercolor 365 and illustrator of the children’s book, Island in the Salish Sea by Sheryl McFarlane.


“Past, Present, Future: Six Generations of Women”

“Past, Present, Future: Six Generations of Women” (watercolor, 21 x 29)
This painting represents 6 generations of women in my family. The quilt was made by my great grandmother for my grandmother’s wedding. The hands on the quilt are my mothers, sisters, her daughter (my niece), and the baby represents the future generation of women (my niece was pregnant at the time this painting was made). I started this painting with masking and then pouring the watercolor, like I do with most of my paintings. Then I finished off with brushwork.


“Believing in Magic”

“Believing in Magic” (watercolor, 40 x 60)
This large watercolor is of the Snake River Canyon and valley in Twin Falls, Idaho. It is also called Magic Valley. You can see Pillar Falls below as well as Shoshone Falls in the distance. I started this painting with masking and then pouring the watercolor, like I do with most of my paintings. However, the size of this created a challenge when it came to pouring. I was pleased that it worked. Then I was able to finish it off with brushwork.

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