Lesley is a professional artist mostly concerned with landscape, marine and architectural subjects.
Lesley was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1962 and had always wanted to be an artist. Encouragement came from both parents - both frustrated artists. From a young age she was taught the importance of observation and developing her drawing skills.
Lesley went on to a study Fine Art, specialising in drawing and painting, at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, under Alberto Morrocco, between 1980 & 84 and graduated with a B.A.(Hons). She studied the artworks of Braque, Degas, Dufy, Derain and Eardley and learned about colour, shapes and the spaces between them and how they are vital to composition before moving to London to discover life! She set out to transform her 17 years of education into a career in Television and Advertising, while quenching her adventurous thirst for meeting new friends, singing in a rock band, travelling and touching new experiences.
Somewhere along the whirlwind, while bringing up two children she continued to paint and exhibit, undertook a postgraduate degree in Teacher Training and taught in schools and colleges in Scotland and England.
As her children grew older Lesley was able to devote more time to painting and spent time working and teaching in pure watercolour, in adult education (appearing in an episode of Watercolour Challenge with Hannah Gordon in 2000), growing her portfolio by painting for joy and carrying out commissions.
In July 2015 she moved to a small village in south Norfolk and after a year of teaching chose to focus on painting professionally and early in 2017 she was a little shocked to find that she had won the inaugural 'Landscape Painter of the Year' award sponsored by the Norfolk EDP (http://www.norfolkmag.co.uk/home), you can read the article here.
The palette and inspiration for Lesley's contemporary paintings are taken from the Norfolk and Suffolk coastline and landscape where she spends much of her time sketching to absorb the atmosphere and record all this essential information on paper. In the studio there is a significant stage of selection and editing. Sometimes only a small section of a watercolour sketch becomes the basis for an acrylic painting. Acrylic studies on card help her decide on harmonious hues vital that capture the effects of light, before moving onto canvas.