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, Boy’s Life Magazine, and a picture book for Summit Publishing.
After working as a freelance art director and photography stylist in catalogue advertising, she’s returned to the business of illustration, most recently with three traditional Choctaw tales, including “shuka anumpa” (pig tales).
She’s currently revising a middle grade novel about a 14-year-old girl named Mahli. This story is based on the Choctaw’s forced removal from Mississippi to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) during the Trail of Tears. Leslie is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a legacy of her maternal grandmother.
She and Terry live in a 1912 farmhouse in historic McKinney, Texas and have 3 grown children.