Leslie McCrary exhibited her artistic talent in the beginning of her life with a drawing of a big gray elephant with bright red toe nails for her grandmother. Through the following decades of exploring one creative passion after another, her love of art was there to assist.
She has followed art through her working career in the field of non-profit arts management serving as Executive Director for art councils in two states. In 2005, she co-founded StageWorks, Inc., a live performance theatre company. She not only directs many of the plays they produce, but also serves as Producing Artistic Director.
In the past few years, she has rediscovered her love of photography. Though she has somewhat mastered the technical aspect of her camera, she does not claim to be a technical photographer, but rather an emotional photographer with enough technical skills to be dangerous. Her photos are centered around a fascination with texture and interesting details as she shoots the world around her. Her work features photos of subject matter including old doors, rusting equipment, and abandoned automobiles and buildings. She has recently discovered a love for nature photography and has concentrated on shots in and around Yellowstone National Park and in Montana.
Her work has been chosen to be exhibited three times in the Booth Photography Guild’s members juried show at the Booth Western Art Museum, a Smithsonian affiliated museum, at juried shows of the Downtown Gallery and Bartow County Public Library System’s artist gallery, all in Cartersville, GA. She was also chosen to exhibit in the Artist Guild of Northwest Georgia’s 2012 show for which she placed second in the photography division, and had two pieces chosen to exhibit in the 2014 Southern Appalachian Artist's Guild Show in Blue Ridge, GA. She recently placed third in the Gordon Arts Center's competition, A Naturalist's Vision.
Leslie McCrary lives in Cartersville, GA where she continues to decide what she wants to be when she grows up.