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Works ~ Awards

Leslie was granted the Society of Animal Artists Bott - Borghi - Branson Animal Artist 'Legacy' Award in recognition for years of devoted service to the SAA, and signified with a 'Lifetime of Achievement' in the genre of Animal Art.


The Society of Animal Artists (SAA), founded in 1960, is devoted to promoting excellence in the artistic portrayal of the creatures sharing our planet, and to the education of the public through art exhibitions, informative seminars, lectures and teaching demonstrations.  The SAA’s membership, past and present, represents a veritable who’s who of artists from around the world.

Leslie was awarded the 'Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition', signifying outstanding and invaluable service to the community.


The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the Federal government of the United States. The Congress meets in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.  Congress has 535 voting members: 435 Representatives and 100 Senators and the House of Representatives.

Leslie was recognized by the Somerset NJ County Commission via a US House of Representatives Citation on the status of women, for her outstanding accomplishments in the arts.


The Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women advocates for all women in Somerset County by providing an effective forum to identify and address women’s issues and concerns, developing a greater public awareness by sponsoring informational exchanges. The United States House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the United States Congress, the Senate being the upper chamber. 

Leslie was awarded a certificate and recognized as a woman of character, determination and enterprise, whose efforts have brought pride and distinction to her community in NJ. This deemed her an 'Outstanding Woman' in Somerset County in the year 2000. 


Commendations and praise are extended by the citizenry of the 22nd NJ Legislative District through their elected representatives.

The Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women and the Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized Leslie as a 'Woman of Achievement' in celebration of Women's History Month in the year 2000.

The Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women is a group of concerned individuals who are interested in identifying and addressing issues that affect women in our communities. The Commission was created by the Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1985.

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