Leslie Holt is from Bethesda, Maryland and in 2012 returned to the DC metro area after living in St. Louis for 20 years. She received a BFA in Painting at Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Painting at Washington State University. She is currently Co-director of Red Dirt Studio, a warehouse studio for a small group of independently practicing artists and creative professionals in Mt. Rainier, MD.

Leslie has taught studio art, art history and art appreciation on the college level since 2001. She has also worked as a social worker and advocate for people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and people receiving welfare benefits. From 2009-2012 she served as founding board president and then executive director of VSA Missouri, a statewide organization that promotes access to arts for people with disabilities.

In addition to her studio practice, Leslie teaches at Art Works Now in Mt. Rainier, MD, Prince Georges Parks and Recreation in Greenbelt, MD, and online for Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO. She exhibits her work nationally and is represented by the David Lusk Gallery in Memphis and Curator's Office in Washington , DC.