Huntington, New York
About the Artist: Lesley Delia
Before devoting full time to creating functional aesthetic crafts, Lesley Magaril Delia, the artisan behind "Down the Road Designs",practiced law for over 35 years as a staff attorney with, and ultimately Director of, a public interest legal services program serving individuals struggling with mental health challenges. While juggling family and demanding career she reminded herself often that "down the road" she could someday retire and paint full time. One day she watched an accomplished polymer clay artist making a cane. Lesley started to experiment with polymer and was seduced by this remarkable, versatile medium and set to work to understand its behavior and all of its unique properties. Lesley retired from practicing law in 2014 and is finally "down the road". She refers to her current work as "claynting" ... painting with polymer clay. The first $1,000 of her sales each year are donated to "A is for Africa" to support education in a Massai village in Tanzania where she has volunteered time with her husband, teaching computers skills to teachers. Lesley is a member of the International Polymer Clay Association, the Art League of Long Island and the Long Island Craft Guild. She lives with her husband in Huntington, NY.