Lesley Birch (MA)
She went on to work as a professional musician touring the UK and USA with 80s chart topping Scottish band Hue and Cry.
She later moved to Cambridge teaching English Literature and developing her life-long interest in painting.
Moving to Yorkshire, she continued to paint, exhibit and develop her practice, setting up an artist collective with an interest in life drawing.
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.
Inspired by remote landscapes, Lesley is drawn to ever-changing skies, soft greens, rushing waters and winds. Her work is notable for energetic mark-making and an expressive use of colour.
‘I married a Yorkshireman and moved here from Scotland. I fell in love with Nidderdale and
Swaledale. I’ve painted at Sandsend – my favourite bay – and on the moors. The woods at Askrigg have entered paintings too. There is so much that inspires me.
My paintings strive to make an emotional connection with the viewer. My subjects are Time & Nature and I’m 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.’
Her paintings have been widely exhibited including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Cork Street Open, The Mall Galleries Discerning Eye as well as solo shows across the UK. She has a painting in the Royal Marsden Hospital Collection and in 2016 won The Artist Magazine Award.
She currently lives in York and is a full-time practising artist.