Elizabeth Leese

Located on Whidbey Island, Bestemor’s Farm was established in 2001 by Elizabeth Leese. She began painting in the Rogaland-style in 1981 under the instruction of Leslie Roberts, a former student of Vi Thode.

Elizabeth is now a member of Western Rosemalers and is pursuing further education in the Gubrandsdal, Hallingdall and Red Emroidery styles through workshops in these areas of the art. Since 2001 Elizabeth has been teaching rosemaling to the Norwegian community. She was awarded a folk arts apprenticeship grant from the Washington State Arts Commission for 2001/2002.

In addition to teaching lessons, Mrs. Leese is active in the local chapter of Daughter’s of Norway, providing instruction, commission work and inspiration through Nordic Fest, Scandinavian Fair in Bellingham and the Grand Lodge Convention 2004 on Whidbey Island.

“Rosemaling enhances the love of our native Scandinavian culture…”

-Elizabeth Leese

View Elizabeth’s website at bestemorsfarm.com.