Leslie Reid was born in Ottawa, where her engagement with the land took root. She studied at Queen’s University, Kingston, and continued her studies in England. On her return to Canada she taught Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa. She has had solo exhibitions in Canada, England, France and the USA; her work is in the collections of major Canadian museums. Her recent work in painting, video and photography reflects, through Arctic travel, her exploration of the intertwined issues of climate change, development and sovereignty activities in the Canadian Arctic, and the effects on northern peoples and their environment.