This animal alphabet series began while I was flipping through my well worn book of Victorian engravings. I came across an image of a stout walrus with a human face and it stopped me dead in my tracks. The image was so startlingly weird and wonderful, I knew I had to work with it. My animal series explores unusual juxtapositions by taking something that might be ordinary, like an alphabet book, and turning it into a fanciful flight of unusual and interesting pairings. My goal is at once humorous and artistic, to mix not only unexpected imagery but to also create visual eye candy through rich texture and color. Letterpress type, engravings, drawings, magazine imagery, photography, and old book pages all mix together to become something surprising and fresh.

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Ms. Haines is currently Associate Professor of Visual Communication in the School of Journalism at Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to this position, she chaired Graphic Design programs at The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville and Watkins College of Art & Design in Nashville. She received an MFA in Graphic Design from Marywood University and an MA in Advertising Design from Syracuse University. Select pieces from Animal Abecedary have been exhibited in The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville and at the international exhibition of Inkmasters in Cairns, Queensland Australia. Her series has also been shown in various local and statewide venues. Ms. Haines created the design for the newest Tennessee arts license plate which is integral in supporting the arts across the state. In addition, two of her hat designs were sold at Target stores nationwide. Leslie Haines has over thirty years of experience in the fields of graphic design and advertising, and is now happily applying her skill sets to creating original imagery in the form of digital collage. 


Photo by Rory White