Leslie Stall Widener was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She and her husband Terry Widener, also an illustrator, moved to Texas in 1980.
In the 1990’s, she created illustrations for educational projects with Scribner McGraw-Hill,McMillian Publishing, Whittle Communications and Boy’s Life Magazine. She also illustrated A Mission for Jenny; a picture book (Summit Publishing).
After working as a freelance art director and photography stylist in catalogue advertising, she’s returned to the business of illustration with Why Would Anyone Wear That?, written by Celia Stall-Meadows, (Intellect Press) and Chukfi Rabbit’s Big, Bad Bellyache, written by Greg Rogers (Cinco Puntos Press). Both were published in 2014. She also writes and is currently working on a novel for middle-grade readers. Leslie is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a legacy of her maternal grandmother.
She and Terry have three grown children and live in a 1912 farmhouse in historic McKinney, Texas.