Born and bred in Gee Cross, Hyde, Lesley has worked as a graphic designer and commercial artist for over 30 years.
Most of Lesley’s work is done with a mixture of oil pastel and gouache. She admits to never having been very keen on oil pastels until fairly recently … perhaps it is something to do with recapturing one’s youth … they are, after all, as she puts it, “just crayons for grown ups!”
Her pictures capture aspects of her local landscape and how she feels about it. She says:
“The view from the Cenotaph on Werneth Low has changed dramatically over the past 40 years, but standing there with the wind in your face … that feeling of being ‘on top of the world’ is always the same. The woodlands along the river in Haughton Dale can change their mood as quickly as a temperamental teenager. I never intend to merely capture the view I leave that to people with more patience – or a camera! What I try to do is paint what I feel”.
She confesses that capturing the ‘sense of place’ is always exciting to her, something like needing to tell someone important news – you just want to blurt it out! She goes on to say that it’s great if her audience can see a bit of what she felt in her paintings but if not, then at least she hopes that they will be encouraged to go out and enjoy everything the countryside has to offer.
“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes … but in having new eyes.”
Lesley has worked on commissions for hospitals,
Local Authorities and on corporate projects, mostly with an environmental theme. Her love of the natural environment influences all her work, which has been exhibited at the Central Gallery Tameside, Stockport Gallery and other independent galleries.
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