Leslie Riskin comes from a family of creative artists. As a young girl, she was strongly influenced by her mother, Louise Forbes, who is a talented painter with her own gallery and workshop in Montrose, California. Leslie loves working with semi-precious stones and beads, creating one of a kind jewelry. Her ability as a seamstress helps to guide her in fashioning jewelry that is elegant and stylish and works with all types of clothing. Her love of nature and the outdoors strongly influences her choice of beads and stones.