Leslie Stall Widener was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She and her husband Terry, moved to Texas in 1980.
In the 1990’s, she created illustrations for educational markets, children’s magazines, and had a picture book published.
After working as a freelance art director and photography stylist in catalogue advertising, she returned to the business of illustration, most recently with five Choctaw tales, including “shuka anumpa” (pig tales).
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.