"But for now, the restaurateur is happily traveling back and forth for his new project, Pop Diner, which sits right next to Max’s Wine Dive on 3600 McKinney Ave. Inside, it’s exactly what it sounds like: bright colors, 1980′s and early 1990′s pop art, and booths to make it feel like a diner affair. Much of what you see on the walls is made by Lesli Marshall, a mixed media artist in Dallas. The art is fun and playful, but most importantly, it acts as a rotating gallery for the diner. Everything’s for sale."

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    “PICASSO WAS RIGHT WHEN HE SAID, ‘DON’T GIVE IN TO WHAT OTHERS FEEL IS RIGHT FOR YOU – DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY AND SEE HOW MUCH SUCCESS YOU GAIN." Through her creative use of mixed media— oils, acrylics and compressed charcoal she portrays her emotions on canvas. Some of her inspiration comes from an artist known as Jean-Michel Basquiat, a pop artist popular during the time of Andy Warhol. After studying about Basquiat in school, Lesli created paintings that were abstract in nature, but also made a strong statement. Mixed media pieces with plenty of heavy texture and color are her main forte. Along with being a conversation piece, the paintings tend to portray ideas of society and human existence. The idea that we are all caught in a societal web that keeps us from becoming who we are meant to be. Her latest series documents the loss of human interaction and the triumph of technology replacing face to face communication. One piece titled Born Uncensored is a dark depiction of a pile of babies faces as if filling a landfill and a stork like figure standing above them with free flowing feathers holding a laptop in its mouth. Born Uncensored is the idea that there is no childhood left in our society, that our children have lost the innocence of life. The strength in Lesli’s paintings show through heavy handed markings and bold statements along with color use and a wide range of materials. Mixed media seems to be the perfect outlet for her creativeness. Find her works at: Contact:

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    Gypsy Paint Princess - Photographed by Tyler Sharp

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    What is your name: Lesli Marshall 

    Do you have a formal art education or are you a self taught artist:
     I have an Associates of Art Degree from Brookhaven College but mostly self taught.

    What is the style of your pieces: Mixed Media

    What is the medium in which you work:  Oil, Acrylic, Compressed Charcoal, Wire, Fabric

    What started you on your path as an artist:  Having an outlet for expression and creativity

    What is one of the most important things that art has brought to your life: Art has become my life…it is what I crave and think about all day.  It has brought a since of being and what my purpose is.

    What is your favorite genre of art besides the one you work in: Installations

    Do you have art showings, and if so what are they typically like: Yes I have done many different styles of showings.  Some in galleries and others for events.  My favorite show is the Ebby Halliday event I have done the last 3 years.  We have models walk a runway to music carrying art and it all has a theme.  It is such a great way to portray my work and engage the audience to experience it in another way.
    Do you have a certain set of clothes you make art in: I like to dress in character…one day I’ll be an Indian with war paint and others I will be a 50’s pin up.
    What has been the most frustrating part of being an artist? Getting more exposure…trying to do it on your own is hard.

    What is your favorite sandwich of all time: Chicken salad on an everything bagel.

    Has this year brought about any changes in your work, and if so what are they: This year so far I have made a few changes:  moved to a new city, renting studio space, trying to get taken on by an art publishing group and doing as many shows as possible.

    Who is your favorite artist alive or dead: Basquiat

    What is the most moving piece of artwork that you have seen in person: In person would have to be Anselm Kiefer’s - Book with Wings

    Do you have any animals, and what do they think of your work:  I have a French Bulldog named Oswald Jenkins….he loves it I think!

    Do you have any upcoming exhibitions you would like to share with us:  I just had a large showing with RAW Showcase in Austin, Texas and I am getting ready to have a show this Friday, May 6th, 2011 at Spiderhouse in Austin, Texas.

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