Lelia graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in 1998 where she studied Art and Biology. Rock climbing in the beautiful Hill Country on weekends allowed her to photograph the scenery as inspiration for her paintings. She also taught mural painting and art for a local non-profit providing after school activities for children and families of Southern San Antonio. As a result, Lelia’s art became infused with the colors and culture of the region.
After moving to Houston in 1998 to earn her Bachelor's in Nursing, she continued to pursue art at the University of Houston. While in Nashville from 2002-07, she studied ceramics, painting and drawing. Finally settling in Colorado Springs, Lelia enrolled in Bemis School of Art and furthered her experience in watercolor, ceramics, mosaics, and mixed media collage.
In 2014, she decided to fulfill her greatest goal: To earn her Masters in Fine Art. Lelia was accepted into the Academy of Art University graduate program with a focus in painting and drawing. She recently moved her studio to the Cottonwood Center for Arts in downtown Colorado Springs. You can find her there the majority of her time creating art, or finding artistic inspiration as she hikes and photographs the beautiful scenery just beyond her doorstep.
Combining art with her background in biology and interest in environmental conservation, the focus of her work is to depict endangered land and their fragile ecosystems. She donates a percentage of her sales to the preservation of these sites through non-profits and foundations dedicated to conservation. To date, these include Colorado Open Lands, the Palmer Land Trust, and the Coalition of the Upper South Platte.