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Lesley Riley


1. Creativity Gap
2. Baby-boomer creative women
3. Artist Block
4. Creative Catalyst

Business Name:

Lesley Riley


Cascade, Maryland. United States




(301) 793-5311

Web Site:


I was a late-bloomer. After years of dreaming about being an artist and writer, waiting for the right time, place and know-how, my creative passion finally boiled over into decisive action. With 6 children, aging parents to care for, no space and fragments of time, I took my creativity into my own hands. Along my road to success I realized how life-changing a creative practice can be and wanted to help every woman who might be struggling to live her dreams.

My real-world, practical experience with the obstacles women face when claiming their creativity provides me with the insight and skills to help women navigate the path to their creative success. I share my guidance and know-how through my books, newsletter, workshops, Red Thread Retreat and one-on-one coaching.


Methods of Working:

Phone, Zoom, Email, In-person
(prefer phone or Zoom)


I specialize in working with baby-boomer women and younger women mired in motherhood who struggle with creating and sustaining a creative practice.


Individual Services:

The way to avoid the Creativity Gap is to first understand the stages of the creative process and how they personally affect you. We will find, define and work to resolve the issues, both obvious and hidden that keep you from living the life of creative expression that you yearn for.



I teach art, bookmaking and writing classes and workshops that offer a safe space for women to find a way in to their dormant creativity, discover their voice, experiment with a variety of media and ideas, stretch their creative muscle and make their soul visible. My focus is on art and writing that reflects the person, not the technique.


Talks Offered:

The Creativity Gap and How to Close it - overcoming the day-to-day obstacles that thwart your creative dreams

Making Time for Making Art - 25 ways to add more art to your day

Be Your Own Creativity Coach - how to be accountable to yourself and treat your creative spirit with respect


Classes Offered:

Varies - see website


Retreats Offered:

Red Thread Retreat - A small, intimate art-focused retreat for women to foster connection and personal growth. Annually in October and sometimes May.


Training and Experience:

BA in Womens' Studies from the University of MD.

Working with and mentoring creative adult women since 2000 in both workshops and one-on-one.


Quilted Memories
Fabric Memory Books
Fabulous Fabric Art with Lutradur
Create with Transfer Artist Paper
Creative Image Transfer
Quotes Illustrated
Inspirational Quotes Illustrated
Creative Lettering Workshop

Creative Insights columnist (2011)
The Good Coach columnist (2011)



Email me for more information.


Availability:Currently accepting new clients.

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