Lesley holds a MA in Art History from George Washington University and a BA in Art History from the University of Georgia. Her educational focus was on European paintings while her professional experience rests in American art of the mid-19th through mid-20th centuries. She has worked for the venerable Childs Gallery in Boston and Weschler’s auction house in Washington, DC. Lesley organized traveling museum exhibitions for The Trust for Museum Exhibitions. Among the galleries she was involved with in San Francisco was the online art gallery iTheo.com, which she founded in the late 1990’s. Most recently, Lesley has been focused on expanding Bellus Fine Art to bring fresh-to-market artwork to collectors through extensive research and personal experience in the industry.
Her own collection includes a wide variety of works on paper and paintings ranging from a contemporary aquatint by Bay Area Figurative artist Nathan Oliveira, to a 19th century landscape by one of the founding fathers of the Provincetown Artist Colony, William Pearl Bodwell.