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Leisa believes that art is a powerful means of communication and a potent weapon to bring about change. A successful working artist, she specializes in architectural art and landscapes. Leisa travels extensively, is always involved in community art projects and loves helping other artists fulfil their artistic passion but learning more about the business side of the art world.

As a teenager, Leisa’s love for travel and adventure prompted her to abandon formal art training, learning her craft instead while traveling across her native New Zealand homeland. She returned to Auckland, set up an art studio, and enjoyed success before turning her attention to the non-profit world. This took her across the globe and fueled her passion for working with people and drawing architecture.

In 2009 Leisa decided to again make her living from her art. Together with her Michigan-born husband, Bruce, she first settled in the historic district of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, where she served on the Alexandria Commission for the Arts and spearheaded a number of public art projects. She also created her first series of pen and watercolor house portraits and historic buildings. Today she receives requests from around the country and has painted homes and historic buildings in 41 states across America in 35 different architectural styles.

In order to give back to homeowners and individuals who work tirelessly to preserve their homes and enrich their communities, she launched her Leisa Collins Historic Preservation Award and has so far presented awards to recipients in five states.

In mid-2013, Leisa and Bruce headed back west to sunny California. Leisa continues to be involved in community art projects and recently started an educational endeavor to show other artists how they too can make a living by doing what they love – their art!

Leisa holds regular shows and events and continues to travel extensively, mainly dividing her time between the east and west coast, Michigan and New Zealand.


Art is a powerful means of communication and is therefore a potent weapon to bring about change.  Interaction with people and the environment is my artistic inspiration and stimulation. It’s about getting across a message, an emotion, or envisioning a better tomorrow.  Art for me is something that goes far beyond the studio and gallery walls. It’s about being intensely interested in the beauty and ugliness of everything surrounding one. This then allows me to create art that others can find interesting.