Born and bred in Gee Cross, Hyde, Lesley
has worked as a graphic designer and commercial artist for over
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:
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.
of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes … but in having
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.
If you are, or know of any local
artists (painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, etc) located
or based in and around Manchester please let us know, and if appropriate,
we’ll try to include them. Contact us directly by email.