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“Creating is a process constantly in motion, one that keeps the maker searching for balance. I hope to create work that provokes thought. Bordering between sculpture and jewelry each is thoughtful in design and construction representing a meaning deeper than aesthetics.”


Using low-tech traditional metal smithing techniques and tools, each piece is created in Lesley’s studio in the tradition of the American Studio Art Jewelry movement of the 1940’s through the 60’s, which dictates that the work is created entirely in the artist’s studio. Her work is hand fabricated in precious metals, sterling, high carat gold, designer cabochons and gemstones.




Creating jewelry since 1984, Lesley is the daughter of two professional artists. An artistically rich environment that molded her vision and ethic. Lesley's jewelry reflects a dedication to excellence in craft and attention to narrative. Each piece is unique with the intent to evoke conversation and represent the wearers personal expression. Lesley is currently exploring deep sculptural constructions with a botanical narrative.

Lesley lives and works in the high desert mountains of northern Arizona.



Giving Back 

The planet and animals are a deep concern to me. Every effort is made to use recycled and ethically mined metals and gems.  I volunteer politically and donate a portion of my income throughout the year to the Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary that provides a forever home to retired captive elephants. I believe strongly in giving back and am happy to share my experience freely with other jewelers.  I am dedicated to educating others on the importance of art in our lives. 


A society without art is a society without a soul.

Recent Exhibitions



Adorned Spaces Exhibition - SNAG Conference. June 5-8, Society of North American Goldsmiths

Bring on the Gems - Snag@Tucson Exhibition. Feb 1-3 Society of North American Goldsmiths


WE ARE SNAG - Anthology Ed 3 , 2023, Society of North American Goldsmiths

Bring on the Gems - SNAG @ Tucson.  Feb 1-4, 2023.  Exhibition live and virtual , Society of North American Goldsmiths

Small Objects - Arizona Designer Art & Craft - April 1- July 31. Tucson, Arizona 

Written in Stone - Natural History Institute, Prescott, Arizona. April 28- July 14.


Interweave - Jewelry - November 18, 2017

Advice on Being a Professional Jewelry Artist from Lesley McKeown

ShoutOut HTX - December 2020

Meet the Artist- Lesley Aine McKeown

Tucson Gem Show Guide - 2020

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