Lesley has paintings in private collections around the world.
She graduated in Fine Art from Aberystwyth University, having specialised in painting and illustration. Her first career was as a Medical Artist, which included ilustrating medical textbooks such as the world-famous Gray’s Anatomy. During this time she continued to paint in watercolours and oils.
Now painting full-time, Lesley is inspired by the natural world that surrounds her. She paints landscapes and seascapes outside (en plein air) to capture the fleeting effects of light, movement and atmosphere.
She prefers to complete a work in a single session, painting in one wet layer (alla prima) and with palette knives and thick oil paint to create a deep impasto (texture). Her larger pieces are painted back in her studio at home in Edinburgh.
During the social lockdown period of spring 2020, Lesley has been confined to painting landscapes in her garden.
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Lesley has been particularly influenced by landscape artists from the 19th and 20th centuries: the light effects and water of Sorolla; the colours and gardens of Monet; the dark forests of Carl Schuch and Gustav Klimt; the seas and skies of Turner.
On her two visits to Canada she was enthralled by the work of Tom Thomson and the 'Group of Seven'. They immersed themselves in the vast wilderness and painted directly from nature.
She also has an affinity with the strong impasto style of the Welsh artist Kyffin Williams, who painted his local landscape with boldness and honesty.