In the mid 1970s, Lesley Haas developed an interest in handmade paper after viewing a comprehensive exhibit of handmade paper artworks in New York City. Her technique and style have been influenced over the years by both ongoing studio and coursework with well-known paper artists. The signature of her work is the use of natural fibers and pigments from various parts of the world to blend the characteristics of the fibers with different elements of style. Texture and the tactile nature of handmade paper are key to combining raw and refined materials to create an interesting blend that turns to collage. Haas, who had eye surgery for strabimus at an early age, now lives with weak eyes and dry-eye syndrome.