Artist Nancy Packard Leasman
Nancy first picked up a paint brush more than 50 years ago. In
the years since then, she has put the brush down a few times.
But each time she picks one up, something new flows from the
bristles: murals, portraits, book illustrations, small paintings and
large. Works in oil, acrylic, pastel, graphite and watercolor. Works
reproduced in books, magazines, on note cards that have taken
her images around the world, and fine art prints. Works created
by her own initiative, commissioned by individuals and works for
In just the last two decades, Nancy, a Wadena, Minnesota native has created about 400 paintings in her familiar whimsical style. Many of them have been reproduced as Whimsy Home Designs note cards. Nancy specializes in scenes recognized by folks throughout Minnesota and beyond. Prints of these scenes are also available. Recent works include a departure from landscapes and redirection toward small still lifes represented by her Little Vases series, Teapots, and the Whistle Chicken and Cranes (with tongue-in-cheek social commentary).
Nancy has illustrated several books, most notably A Kitty Named Indra (in English and Spanish) and Homes That They Share. Her work has been displayed at the New York Mills Cultural Center, in the atrium gallery at the Tri-County Hospital in Wadena, at Harvest Thyme Bistro, the Great River Government Gallery in Little Falls, Three Havens Artworks in Alexandria and the Arts Co-op in St. Cloud. Her murals are in private and public venues throughout central Minnesota.
Nancy is also a writer, producing positively newsworthy items for the Lake Country Journal, Senior Perspective, Country Courier, Successful Farming, Farm Show, Prairie Business Magazine and area newspapers. She is the former editor of Central Minnesota Women Magazine and has blogged for Minnesota Public Radio. She is the author of Leatherwood Vinegary, a Winery Gone Sour.
Nancy lives just west of Long Prairie where she and husband Ron operate the only wine-vinegary in the Midwest, Leatherwood Vinegary. Producing authentic wine-vinegar from local fruits, the Leasmans offer tours of the vinegary as well as their orchard and herb garden from which they gather the fruit and herbs, the raw materials for their tasty vinegars. Leatherwood Vinegary received the distinction of being chosen by Minnesota Monthly as the “Best of Vinegars” for 2011.