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Leslie Ehrin


I was introduced to painting at age sixteen months, when my artist educator mother put me into a bathtub, surrounded by sheets of news print taped to the walls, with tempera paint in baby food jars, each with its own brush, sitting on the edge of the tub.

She told me that this is where I should create pictures, rather than drawing crayon images on the newly wallpapered walls of our home. Soon thereafter, I started talking and telling stories about my paintings, which led to the development of writing skills. Painting, therefore, was my original creative method of communication and visual storytelling.

Today, I write stories to accompany my paintings and photographs, but rather than taping them to the walls around the tub, magazines such as International Living publish them.

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