Award-winning artist Lesley Birch was born in Glasgow and gained her MA in English Literature and Music at the University of Glasgow. She went on to work as a professional musician touring the UK and USA with 80s chart-topping Scottish band Hue and Cry. After the birth of her son, she moved to Cambridge where she taught English Literature and developed her life-long interest in painting. After a move to Yorkshire, she continued to paint, exhibit, and develop her practice, setting up an artist collective with an interest in life drawing.
Her paintings have been widely exhibited including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Cork Street Open and mixed and solo shows across the UK. She has a painting in the Royal Marsden Hospital Collection and in 2016 won The Artist Magazine Award and The Clairefontaine Award.
Birch's paintings are bringing her attention for their evocative, sense of timelessness and atmosphere. Her experience of the landscape is her starting point Ireland, Scotland, Yorkshire - and then, in the studio, memory and imagination take over. She currently lives and works in York, UK as a full-time practising artist.
My paintings strive to make an emotional connection with the viewer. My subjects are Time & Nature and Im inspired by land and sea. The paintings quietly reflect my feelings as I play with colours, textures, line and form to express a moment in time.
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