I’m Leslie Sealey, a sculptor living in San Angelo, Texas. I’ve been an artist my whole life, but I have only focused on sculpting in the last two years. I’m hooked! Animals are my primary focus, especially birds.
Birds are universally relatable. Even people who don’t have pets experience birds as part of their environment, whether urban or rural. I’ve always loved the anthropomorphic characters from illustrated books like Alice in Wonderland and The Wind in the Willows. By chance, I sculpted a bird in an 18th century dress. She is Countess Cooey, the central character in a story I’m developing.
The story is populated by bird characters, in a setting similar to the countryside of 18th century England. As I develop each character, bits of dialog and their relationship to one another start forming in my mind. The sculptures are becoming more realistic and detailed as my skills develop. My goal is to tell the story with sculptures, and complete it with painted backdrops.
Like fairy tales and other works of fiction, my art offers people a way to use their imagination.
In the trying times, we are currently experiencing, visiting a fantastical bird-world seems like a good idea. I hope people will smile, dream and enjoy some levity when they see my art.
“Mr. Greywing”, detail. Polymer Clay, 8.5″ high
“Mr. Greywing”, Polymer Clay, 8.5″ high.
“Minerva, Dowager Countess of Featherton”, Polymer Clay, 7″ high
“Baby Goat”, Air Dry Clay, 5″ high, base is 4″ diameter
“Countess Cooey”, Resin Cast Limited Edition, 3.5″ high
“Goose”, Air Dry Clay and Mulberry Paper, 8″ high on 5″ oval base
“Lady Grosbeak”, Polymer Clay and Paper, 4″ high
“Morning Song”, Polymer Clay, Air Dry Clay and Mulberry Paper, 4.25″ high