Ted Strickland came to public service as the son of a steelworker from Appalachian Ohio. Governor Strickland was born on August 4, 1941 in Lucasville, Ohio, one of nine children. He spent his childhood active in church and school life. As a young man, he never imagined he'd be able to go to college until a high school teacher took him on a trip to Asbury College and Theological Seminary in Kentucky. His family was able to piece together enough for tuition and, soon after graduating from Northwest High School, he found himself attending Asbury College in Kentucky, receiving a B.A. in History in 1963. He went on to attend the Asbury Theological Seminary and received a Master of Divinity. He continued his studies at the University of Kentucky, receiving a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology in 1980. Ted Strickland was elected governor of Ohio on November 7, 2006, sworn into office on January 8, 2007 and served until January 9, 2011.
Leslie Adams' intention in portraiture is to create enduring works that are grounded in historical aesthetics and contemporary theory. She employs a Northern Renaissance technique, similar to that used by Van Eyck, which combines layers of oil glazes to achieve a profoundly intricate level of detail and luminosity. Through both inspiration and technique, Adams creates works that invoke timeless realities in which past and present simultaneously exist- works that transcends portraiture alone. Beyond purely capturing the likeness of the individual, the paintings of Leslie Adams possess truth. By responding to the character, the essence, and the spirit of those she paints, her portraits reflect the innocence and curiosity of a child, the strength and beauty of a woman, or the honor and dignity of a political leader. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Toledo, Leslie Adams received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious New York Academy of Art. Ms. Adams' work has been exhibited internationally and is included in numerous public and private collections.