Lesley Aine McKeown

"Creating is a process constantly in motion, one that keeps the maker searching for balance. I hope to create work that provokes thought. Bordering between sculpture and jewelry each piece is thoughtful in design and construction representing a meaning deeper than simply aesthetics."

Using low-tech traditional metal smithing techniques and tools, each piece is created in Lesley’s studio in the tradition of the American Studio Art Jewelry movement of the 1940’s through the 60’s, which dictates that the work is created entirely in the artist’s studio. Her work is hand fabricated in precious metals, sterling, high carat gold, designer cabochons and gemstones.

Creating jewelry since 1984, Lesley is the daughter of two professional artists. An artistically rich environment that molded her vision and ethic. Lesley's jewelry reflects a dedication to excellence in craft and attention to narrative. Each piece is unique with the intent to evoke conversation and represent the wearers personal expression. Lesley is currently exploring deep sculptural constructions with a botanical narrative. Lesley lives and works in the high desert mountains of northern Arizona.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Bring on the Gems SNAG @ Tucson, Tucson, Arizona, 2023
Night Visions - , Coconino Center for the Arts, 2022
Trading Places Exhibition, Taos Art Center, Taos, New Mexico, 1998
Trapping of the American West - 1999 - 2018, Flagstaff Muesum, Flagstaff, AZ , 2000
American Craft & Retailers Exhibition/ Best in Show- High Design Jewelry, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas Nevada, 2015
Art of the American West / Art of the American West / Houston Contemporary Craft Museum ,Houston, TX ,Houston, TX, Houston Contemporary Craft Museum , Houston, TX, 2001
Women Artists of the West , Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, Arizona, 1997
Winter Arts Exhibition, Broderick Castle, Isle of Arran, Scotland, U.K, 1999
Trappings of the American West , Phoenix Sky Harbor Museum, Phoenix, AZ , 2000