Q. How many years have you been painting?
A. I’ve been painting for 50 years.
Q. What was your first painting?
A. The first thing I remember drawing was a house across the street when I was 7 years old.
Q. Why do you paint and what inspires you?
A. Because I can’t sing or dance. (Laughter breaks out) Well, it’s the best medicine. I’m inspired by the art of Michelangelo, da Vinci, and Wyeth…. I also find great inspiration from the words of Rumi and Gibran.
Q. Do you plan your paintings?
A. No, I never plan a painting. I feel that it’s just magic, coming out of me without any object in the minds-eye.
Q. What is the painting that you are most proud of?
A. I would have to say the “Boxers” is my favorite right now. It will change tomorrow, but today it’s that one. It took me a year and I had to paint 70% of it with my left hand.
Q. What did you do before becoming disabled?
A. I was a commercial graphic artist.
Q. Given your disability, how long will you continue to paint?
A. I’ll continue to make adjustments in the way I paint, so hopefully I’ll be able to do it until I die.
Q. What is your preferred medium?
A. Since I’m in bed most of my days I prefer pen & ink.
Thank you for visiting the official website of American artist, Leslie McCool.
Leslie was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1980, resulting in an ever-evolving painting style that reflects her mental and physical desire for escape and expression. On many occasions lifting the brush is akin to lifting a cinder block, but, despite the cruelty of her disease, she continues to explore a variety of subjects and themes.
McCool’s unwavering high spirited demeanor brings her the strength to keep painting and drawing. For Leslie, art is truly the best medicine.