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Sobel's work focuses on the environment and the ways people change, understand and interact with it. Sobel uses mixed media with encaustic paint and sometimes scientific imaging including satellite and maps to create her work. She recently returned from a month long wilderness based residency sponsored by Colorado Art Ranch and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in SW Colorado. She is an avid hiker whose connection with the outdoors is crucial to her work. Sobel is married and has three young adult children. She has lived in southeast Michigan for more than 30 years and grew up in Chicago.

Leslie Sobel received her BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art. She worked in computer graphics for many years and did Master’s degree work in Interdisciplinary Technology at Eastern Michigan University.