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       Alice Leese grew up on the YT Ranch in Winkler County Texas,  where she and her husband Rob live and work. They have two daughters, Laura, and Elizabeth.  Alice is part of the fourth generation on the ranch and works alongside the fifth and sixth. The ranch was started in the late 1800’s by her great grandfather who came from Maine to the west driving a herd of sheep from Colorado to a Texas railhead called Odessa and homesteading there. The ranch now raises Hereford and Angus cattle.

        Alice graduated from Abilene Christian University with a BFA in Studio Art. She is working on her Masters in Art at Sul Ross. She is a signature member of the American Plains Artists, a member of Plein Air Artists Colorado, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, and the Outdoor Painters Society. She is represented by the Jeff Tabor Gallery in Santa Fe, NM., and Western Gallery, Dallas, TX.  She has been the National Parks Arts Foundation artist in residence at Fort Union National Monument in New Mexico,  Volcanoes National Park in Hawai’i, and Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida. She was recently featured on Texas Country Reporter. Her work has been in many shows and recently a solo show at Ellen Noel Art Museum in Odessa, Texas.

          Alice paints the landscape in plein air and studio works.  Her southwest landscape and landscapes of the ranch usually include cows, cowboys, windmills,  wildlife, the oil field, and the people who live there.

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  • Past member the Artist’s League of Texas, Abilene, TX

  • American Plains Artists.

  • Co-publisher of Tumbleweeds Press, an imprint of Coldwater Press

  • Outdoor Painter's Society

  • Artist's League of Texas

  • Odessa Art Association

  • Midland Art Association

  • Plein Air Artist Colorado (PAAC)

  • Plein Air Painters of New Mexico

  • Andrews Art Guild

  • Signature Member: American Plains Artists

  • Winkler County Historical Commission

  • NPAF Artist in Residence, Fort Union National Monument, NM

  • NPAF Artist in Residence, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park



  • 2015 Silver Davey Award (Big Machine Label Group): A Thousand Horses Cover Promotional - Covers (all inclusive)

  • Best in Show, Odessa Art Association

  • Best in Show, Andrews Art Guild

  • First Place, Midland Art Association, Odessa Art Association, Andrews Art Guild

  • Texas Award from American Plains Artists Annual Show

  • “In a Garden” opera set, 2nd place in Division 1 of the 2011 Opera Production Competition, sponsored by the National Opera Association



  • National Parks Arts Foundation Fort Union National Monument Artist in Residence, Oct., Nov., 2018

  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Artist in Residence, July, 2019


Illustrated and published children's book Tumbleweeds.


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 Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1986 from Abilene Christian University. Juanita Tittle Pollard scholarship for 2 years.

W.B. Grant cash award for outstanding academic studies

Currently an MA student at Sul Ross, Alpine, TX


Corporate Collections

  •  Southwestern Bell Corporation

  •  Steak and Ale

  •  AT&T

  •  Duke Windpower

  •  Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian  Art, David City, Nebraska

  • Waste Control Specialist, Andrews, Texas

  • Hi Crush Sand, Houston, Texas

  • Black Mountain Sand, Fort Worth, Texas


Exhibitions & Festivals

  • Abilene Fine Arts Museum annual     competitions.

  • The Artwest Open Competition, Jackson, WY.

  • The Amarillo Competition, Amarillo, TX.

  • Women Artists of Three States, Dallas, TX.

  • All On Paper, Buffalo, NY.

  • Midland Art Association, Midland, TX.

  • Odessa Art Association, Odessa, TX.

  • Hunterdon Art Center 32nd annual National Print Exhibit, Clinton, NJ.

  • Several solo and group exhibits in  Abilene, TX.

  • Knoxville Museum of Art 20th Dulin National Works on Paper Exhibition, Knoxville, TN.

  • Rutgers National Works on Paper, Camden, NJ.

  • Lubbock Christian University, Solo Show

  • Driggs Digs Plein Air 7th Annual Festival 2018, Driggs, Idaho

  • Plein Air Artists Colorado 22nd Annual National Juried Fine Art Exhibition and Sale, Sorrel Sky Gallery, Durango, Colorado

  • Solo Show at the Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, Texas

  • American Plains Artists Signature Shows 2014-2019

  • Outdoor Painters Society Annual Associate Show

  • Western Gallery New Western Talent Show 2020

  • Texas Women Western Gallery 2020


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