Leslie Goldman is a fine artist, an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer, and owner of Wild Cherry Art. She started painting when she was 7 years old, and studied with local artists Sally Asa and Evelyn Levins. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design, and was immediately recruited by noted fashion designer, Betsey Johnson, for whom she traveled the county painting murals in all her new stores.
Leslie’s graphic design career began on a high note when she was hired by well-known designer James Victore at Design Works. Before long, she was lured by another acclaimed Art Director/Designer, Michael Ian Kaye, to join his staff at Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Here she designed and illustrated book jackets and covers, catalogs, and a wonderful assortment of collateral and promotional materials, until she and Michael were each hired by Little, Brown and Company to continue their work in the book publishing field. During this time, she worked for a multitude of clients that included The Rockefeller Foundation, Rizzoli, The Brooklyn Museum, The Katonah Museum of Art, The New York City Court House at Foley Square, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NYC, and Elektra Nonesuch Records, to name a few.
As a sought-after designer, Leslie opened her own studio, Wild Cherry Art, where she initially focused on classic design for a long list of clients, including The NYC Dept. of Education, Simon and Schuster, Scribner, Vintage, Princeton University, EMMIS Broadcasting, Culinary Concepts NYC, Hal Leonard Corp, The World Conservation Union, Penn State, Barnes and Noble, Grove Atlantic, Houghton Mifflin, W.W. Norton, Penguin Putnam, and Doubleday.
Following her husband’s sudden and untimely death, and becoming a single parent of two young children, Leslie began to re-evaluate her soul’s purpose and to embark on a spiritual journey of healing. Currently she is using her accumulated education, experience and talents to inform her process. Her mission is to Cultivate Joy through art, music and spiritual practice by living in the spirit of appreciation.
Most recently she has chosen to focus on sharing her creative gifts through her paintings. She uses her spiritual practice to infuse her work with a sense of joy, ease and wonder. Her intention is to elevate the vibration of the world through a peaceful, divinely inspired visual journey, one miraculous particle at a time.
Leslie has recently been featured in Matters and Print Magazines, AIGA Fifty Books Fifty Covers, New York Book Binders Guild, and the Society of Illustrators and Communication Arts Magazine.
She lives in New Jersey with her two awesome teen-aged children, Coltrane and Adison. She paints primarily in her peaceful home studio where she is surrounded by sources of personal inspiration.