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Please help Leslie battle Breast Cancer 

Hello everyone!  I know it's been some time.  However I do have some news. Some of you may already know this. I have recently been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. This was caught during a routine mammogram (get your girls checked ladies!). I am very fortunate that this was caught early and I have an amazing team of doctors and assistants that are helping me along this journey.
I will be going into surgery to have the tumor and surrounding tissue removed, then reconstructive surgery and lymph node removal (this is just to verify that the cancer has not spread). This will happen within the next couple of weeks. Once healed from that, I'll go into treatments. Treatments will include chemo, radiation and hormone therapy. If all goes according to plan I should be back at it by fall. 
I am fortunate to have health insurance through the ACA, however without being able to work for a number of months I am hoping to raise funds to help cover the additional medical expenses as well as help with covering living expenses so I can focus on recovery without stress.  
Eric is my rock and is helping me every step of the way. I have an amazing group of friends who support me here in Houston as well as family close by. And of course all of YOU! 
I WILL BEAT THIS!!  I'm going to try and channel all my feelings into some new work.  
Anything you can give is very much appreciated. Even if you can't give at the moment, we totally understand. Just a simple share of this link is helpful and a huge support! ;Click here to Support>>>>>  https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-leslie-dehaven-beat-breast-cancer?utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet&utm_content=share_ai_control&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer
Of course buying a piece of art is always helpful and appreciated as well:)  



Well, a lot has happened since 2022... 

Well friends it has been quite some time since I have last posted.  

My First Solo Art Show “Space Between” was a great success!   Thank you to all who attended and purchased pieces.  It was amazing to see so many gathered in celebration of all of this hardwork.  It's like nothing I've ever experienced.  

After “Space Between” in November of 2022, I took some time off through the holidays.  I then started on a new commission which took me till the end of Feb 2023 to complete.  It turned out fantastic and the clients were ecstatic! 

Thalassa was a set of (4) 36x36 canvas creating one long (12 feet total) scene.  

After that, I started experimenting with new materials including concrete and metal leaf.  I started small, and sold a number of these pieces through the Art Machine Gallery located in the Silos at Sawyer Yards in Houston, Texas as well as at the 1st Saturday Art Market located in the Heights in Houston, TX. 


The texture is concrete and the green inlays are metal leaf which I then paint on top of.  Such a cool technique which I am developing on and will eventually work on larger pieces.  












I also did some of these pieces in black.  I found a paint which is called the blackest black from a developer in the UK.  It is a zero light reflective paint that gives a depth to the concrete, it looks unreal! 

I also submitted two pieces to be hung in the newly finished “Art House” Sawyer Yard Apartments.  This apartment building is a sort of living gallery which is a curated by Sawyer Yards.  I have two pieces hung in Sky Lounge which are available for purchase.  

I also submitted for a art show in Round Rock Texas as a part of the “Plastic” exhibition which is taking place now through the end of June.  My piece Neptunian #2 was accepted and currently on display.  For any locals (Austin area) I will be in Round Rock this Saturday (June 24th) 10am to 3pm.  

Thank you again for all your support.  It means the world to me that I am able to keep going on this journey of discovery and creativity!  I owe it all to you!  



Houston Press Article 

A big thank you to Jesse Sendejas Jr for writing this article on me and my first solo show. 



Houston Artist Leslie DeHaven Explores The Space Between in Her First Solo Art Show

 OCTOBER 31, 2022 4:00AM

Leslie DeHaven Photo by The Mighty Orq, courtesy of Leslie DeHaven

Sometimes when you’re on the road the journey seems endless, but so do its possibilities. That idea is a catalyst of sorts for Houston artist Leslie DeHaven. She’s mapped her trip into the art world, she drives the vehicle and there’s nothing but wide-open space ahead to consider and capture for others.

DeHaven’s work will be on display at the Mid Main Gallery Thursday, November 3, as part of Mid Main Houston’s First Thursday block party series. The First Thursday series benefits local charities but also shines a spotlight on the city’s creatives, musicians and artists like DeHaven, who took up painting two years ago during the pandemic’s lockdown. Using acrylics on canvas and working with different textures like crackle paste, her mixed media work is gaining a growing audience.

“I’m actually really excited about this show because this is my first solo showing that I’ve done of my work and I’ve been working on a more cohesive body of work to be displayed,” she said and noted she’d previously shown at Mid Main Gallery last fall.

“I’m just really excited to have my own vision displayed and kind of a more cohesive body of work. The last time I was there it was a little last minute, so I just kind of had all these pieces that didn’t necessarily go together. It was kind of just what I happened to have on hand. So, this one is a little bit more intentional.”

The show’s title is “The Space Between,” which DeHaven said is a nod to the size of the pieces she’ll show, larger works that allow for more contemplation in what they do and don't reveal.

“A lot of my work, it’s kind of based around seascapes and landscapes. I find beauty in old, decaying architecture,” she said. “It’s a lot of pieces that are either missing or things that are slightly rough or they’re whitewashed over and things are being exposed from underneath. So, the space between to me is about the work itself.”

DeHaven's work is also displayed at the Art Machine Gallery in the Silos at Sawyer Yard 

Photo by Leslie DeHaven

It could also reflect the space from point to point, all that fills a mind’s eye while traveling from one place to the next. DeHaven isn’t a native Houstonian, she’s still a relative newcomer who grew up in the southern Puget Sound and has traveled extensively as a musician and tour manager. She said she moved to Houston from New Orleans “because of love,” taking up residence in the Bayou City to be near her boyfriend, Eric C. Hughes, a drummer who’s worked with everyone from Mike Stinson to Archie Bell, Jerry Jeff Walker to Jello Biafra. He’s the full-time drummer for the Allen Oldies Band, a Mid Main stalwart.

The move is giving DeHaven a place to grow some roots, including these new artistic ones, but she’s recalling a life abroad to create some of her work.

“I definitely haven’t lived like the standard life, I guess,” she said with a laugh. “I’ve definitely moved around and had some unique experiences. With tour managing that took me everywhere from 46 states in the U.S., usually by van, so a lot of road, a lot of open spaces, a lot of mountains. I’ve lived in all different kinds of areas. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. I lived in northern California, coastal, for about 20 years then New Orleans and then Houston.

“Traveling through tour managing took me into just these really rural areas throughout the country. When you look at my body of work, a lot of it definitely is inspired from either seascapes or landscapes. Obviously, they’re abstract so it’s my interpretation of those things.

“Same thing with architecture,” she added. “I find old, dilapidated buildings and old architecture very fascinating. I love that kind of worn look. So, when I was living in New Orleans, seeing all of these buildings that had all this huge history but there’s mold on them, paint’s peeling back, you know, it’s a beauty of its own. So, I pull a lot of inspiration from that.

“I’ve been around France, I’ve been through Europe, I’ve been in Germany. Same kind of thing. I always kind of utilize the environment around me and develop the sense of composition. What’s interesting when you’re doing abstracts, it’s not really having a subject, but you have a subject. So, it’s drawing a person in and drawing the eyeline to a specific place to where it’s still going to be interesting.”

A piece from DeHaven's series titled "Graffiti" 

Photo by Leslie DeHaven

DeHaven’s work for sale can be found on her website and a Facebook event page alerts fans to her approaching shows.

“I do have work displayed in The Silos at Sawyer Yards in Studio 215, which is an actual art gallery. There are 15 artists that display there so it’s very vast, different types of work. There’s fluid artists and there’s mixed media artists and there’s jewelers and there’s sculptors. There’s all different kinds of art being represented there so it’s a pretty cool place to have your work displayed.”

As for her solo show, she said it’ll be kid-friendly since the street party is kid-friendly. DJ Count Chocula will spin some tunes on honest-to-goodness vinyl. There will be a raffle for one on DeHaven’s pieces, no purchase required, with the winner drawn at the end of the reception.

“We’re going to have some snacks and some drinks and just hope to get some people out to look at some art and hopefully buy some art and have a good time,” she said.

DeHaven’s Instagram page features a wonderful quote – “I just want to make things and then think about them.” It succinctly sums up the desire to be creative and allows DeHaven to consider how her perspective has broadened through all she’s seen on her road to Houston. Sometimes when you’re on the road the journey seems endless, but so do its possibilities

“It’s ever-evolving and continuous as it goes. If you dig through my Instagram page you’ll definitely see that I am easily influenced through different things, especially because right now I am so new into the art world, but it’s something that I have a natural knack for and ability with,” she said. “I think because I’m coming from a place where I’m not traditionally taught that everything seems endless, possibilities seem endless, everything is on the table.”

“The Space Between,” the first solo showing of artworks by Houston artist Leslie DeHaven, November 3 at Mid Main Gallery, 3550 Main. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. as part of Mid Main Houston’s First Thursday series.

Announcing My First Solo Art Show!  

Please join me at the Mid Main Gallery in Houston Texas to celebrate the opening of my first Solo Art Show 'The Space Between' presented by Mid Main Houston's First Thursday. Mid Main First Thursday is a block party series benefiting local charities. 

There will be a raffle for one piece of work.  Each attendee will be given one raffle ticket (no purchase  necessary) and the winner will be drawn at the end of the reception. 

Dj Count Chocula will be spinning vinyl.  Beverages and snacks will be available. 

All pieces will be available for purchase direct from the artist. 

Videos will be published of all available works prior to show.  If you are unable to attend but are interested in any of the items you see, you are still able to purchase items.  The items will be shipped free of charge to anywhere in the continental United States.

When: November 3rd 6pm to 10pm

Where: Mid Main Gallery 

             3550 Main St Houston, TX 77002

Photography by Mighty Orq

Prints of 'Time to Fight' now available. 25% of proceeds go to National Network of Abortion Funds 

Hello everyone, 

I created 'Time to Fight' when Roe vs Wade had been overturned.  I think it represents what we as women are all collectively feeling in these dark times for women's rights. I received so many messages and emails of personal stories and how they could relate.  Thank you to all of your who reached out and shared their story.  It is deeply satisfying the create something in which people can connect to on an emotional level.  

The original piece of work now lives in New Orleans, however I now have prints available and I am donating 25% of proceeds to the National Network of Abortion Funds. "The National Network of Abortion Funds builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice.

If you would like to donate directly, or if you or know someone who needs help, please follow this link for more information.  


Well, it's been a minute... 

My apologies for not updating on here for a little while.  Life has a way of keeping us busy.  Lots to discuss though.  

First of all, I am super honored to be a part of the Art Machine Gallery located in Studio #215 in the Silos at Sawyer Yard.  We have recently been voted into the top 3 in the Houston Chronicles 'Best of' for 2022.  There will be a Gala happening on the 14th of July where they will reveal the #1 voted gallery (fingers crossed it's us!).  I'll be sure to send photos of the gala.  

Next, I have been working on a couple of new series. You may have seen these listed on my social media, though I have not put them in my online store as of yet.  Some of these items have been submitted for jury review for some upcoming shows (hopefully I get chosen).  Once the Jury selection is done I will send out another email announcing their availability.  

One piece that was recently selected is a 30x40 called 'Keep Quiet'  I made this when the documents were leaked about the possibility of Roe vs Wade being overturned.  This was my interpretation of my feelings and how I thought womens voices were being stifled. This was made using all florescent acrylics so you can see the difference with black light and regular light.  This piece is currently on display at Sawyer Yards as a part of their Freedom of Expression exhibit.  It is currently available for sale. 













After Roe vs Wade was overturned I thought my head was going to explode.  I couldn't understand how such a fundamental right to bodily autonomy could be taken away.  So with all my frustrations I created 'Time to Fight' which is a 20x30 also made with florescent acrylics.  The one the looks more green is the one using black light.  This will be ready for sale in the next couple of weeks.  It is very new and still drying. 







Aside from social outrage, I've been working on a mixed media series call 'Missing Pieces'.  Currently I have a couple of 24x48's which are currently in Jury selection, but I also have a couple of smaller 10x20's.  These will be displayed at the Art Machine Gallery later this week.  If you are interested in anything you see in the Art Machine I can arrange payment and delivery.  Please just email me at leslie@ldehavenfineart.com and we'll discuss options.  More to come on this series.  They will all be added to my store in the next week as well.  









Lastly I have been working on a series called Graffiti.  I love the look of buildings that have been weathered and in different states of decay (maybe that weird?).  Old buildings with remnants of graffiti.  Little pops of color that have been painted over but then only to be rediscovered through exposure to the elements over time.  These will be added to my store next week.  And of course if anything interests you, please feel free to reach out with any questions or requests for additional images etc...  

The one on the right is a 20x20, the one above is a 18x36










As always, thank you so much for your support.  I greatly appreciate it!  



3 year ARTiversary for the Art Machine Gallery March 12th!  

Hello everyone! 

I wanted to take a moment to tell you about an up coming event happening on March 12th from 6pm to 9pm.  We are a collection of 15 artists located in suite #215 in the Sawyer Yard Silos.  This should be a lot of fun and I hope to see you out there! 

Click the button to RSVP 

Art Machine Gallery is so excited to 
celebrate our 3rd ARTIVERSARY! 

      You are invited to enjoy an evening of ART with us! Savor drinks and lite 
bites, meet our artists and see their latest creations and help us celebrate 
our three-year Artiversary! 

     Art Machine is the only collaborative gallery located inside The Silos at 
Sawyer Yards. We are dedicated to the promotion of emerging and mid-career 
artists and we are extremely proud to be celebrating THREE years of being 
open and a part of Houston’s art community within Sawyer Yards.

New Series to be released Jan 8th at the Art Machine Gallery!  

Hello everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  Last year had a lot of ups and downs and some how or another we were lucky enough to make it through!  I am very excited and looking forward to what 2022 has to bring.  

This brings me to my first Gallery showing in Houston for 2022.  It starts on Jan 8th and is located in Sawyard Yards in Houston, TX.  If you see anything you like I would be happy to make arrangements to ship a piece to you.  Just let me know if you see something on social media or this website and I'll let you know how we can get your dream artwork to your home! 

New Series!  

I just started a new series call 'Poseidon'.  You may remember hearing the name in Greek mythology.  Most times Poseidon is thought of as the God of the Sea.  Although one interpretation means "Husband to the Earth".  This new series embodies 'Husband to the Earth' by displaying different works of both land and sea.  I hope you like it.  So far there are 4 pieces, but there will be more coming soon!  









I also have new items from the 'Birds of a Feather' Series!  3 new 12x12 pieces all ready to display at the Art Machine Gallery in Houston TX!   

Keep an eye out on social media for more dates, pieces and info!  

And thank you again for your support!  


Items that found new homes!  

Just wanted to share some images of some commission pieces and other works that found new homes recently.  


Earth's Crust is a highly textured mixed media piece with copper leaf edging.  

Wading is a 48x72 Fluid Art on a wood panel commission piece.  This piece was very challenging but the outcome is incredible!  Here it is installed in it's forever home! 

Living on a Grid and Lava Lamp Set made it to their new home in the Pacific Northwest.  Some of my favorite pieces!  

The Upside-Down went to it's forever home in North Carolina.  This was my first large piece I have ever done!  36x48 acrylic on canvas.

If you are ever interested in a particular style but maybe want a different color palette, size etc... feel free to contact me at leslie@ldehavenfineart.com to discuss options and pricing.  

Like always THANK YOU for all the support!  




Sign up for our mailing list and receive 25% off any purchase through Jan 3rd 2022!  

Hello everyone,  

If this is your first time visiting please take the time to sign up for our mailing list!  I promise I will not inundate you with constant emails (I find that annoying too).  But I will update when new items are becoming available and offer then to you my mailing list members, FIRST!   And right now I'm offering 25% for all mailing list members through Jan 3rd 2022!

Thank you for visiting the website and like always if you have any questions or inquiries please feel free to shoot me an email at leslie@ldehavenfineart.com