Name: Leslie Dalton Rodger

Neighborhood: Garden District

Profession: Bird Taxidermist, Leslie Dalton Taxidermy

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Leslie Dalton

Describe what you love about what you do: There is a beauty to the logic of avian anatomy that provides a scientific grounding to the art of taxidermy. For me, what is artistically ideal is constrained by the underlying morphology of birds. The process doesn’t begin with a blank canvas.

Something about New Orleans that can always put you in a good mood: When strangers on the street wave to me or ask how I’m doing. When strangers help me bring a band saw or fully mounted grizzly bear up a flight of stairs. People are nice here!

What coping mechanisms have you employed during the pandemic to keep your vision and goals alive? I exercise my body in the form of running, Pilates, and yoga, and my mind in the form of consuming good literature and listening to academic lectures online.

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Leslie Dalton

Favorite restaurant: Mosquito Supper Club

Favorite bar: Verret’s Lounge

Favorite art gallery: Arthur Roger gallery

Favorite clothing store: Saint Claude Social Club and Century Girl Vintage

Favorite place to listen to music: Maple Leaf Bar

Favorite album of all time: Roy Orbison, The Ultimate Collection

Name a necessary extravagance: A Christmas tree wig from FiFi Mahony’s

Interviews have been edited and condensed.

This article appeared in the September 2020 Issue of Adore Magazine.