Lelia graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio in 1997 where she studied art and biology. Rock climbing in the surrounding Hill Country was the inspiration for her paintings. She also taught mural painting and art for inner city children of Southern San Antonio. The colors of this vibrant culture can be seen reflected into her paintings and other media. She moved to Houston to earn her nursing degree at the University of Texas while continuing to take painting and drawing classes at the University of Houston.
Lelia is currently earning her Masters in Fine Art at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Combining art with her background in biology and interest in environmental conservation, the focus of her work is to depict endangered land and their fragile ecosystems. She donates a percentage of her sales to the preservation of these sites to non-profits and foundations dedicated to conservation. To date, these include Colorado Open Lands, the Palmer Land Trust, and the Coalition of the Upper South Platte. She currently serves on the Conservation Leadership Team of Colorado Open Lands.
Lelia's studio is located at the Cottonwood Center for Arts in downtown Colorado Springs. You can find her there the majority of the time creating art or finding inspiration while hiking throughout Colorado and beyond.