Born in Glasgow in 1958, Lesley Birch graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MA in English Literature and Music. She subsequently spent some years as a professional musician and English teacher before embracing her love of painting whilst living in Cambridge. She has since exhibited widely including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Ing Discerning Eye at The Mall Galleries and is a past winner of the UK Artist Magazine Award. Lesley is a founding member of Donderdag Collective, a York-based life drawing group. Recently, Lesley has contributed to a 2017 international book about Oil Painting Techniques, where in the past three years she has been working in oil and cold wax medium, developing a personal language of symbols, line and layering. Recent paintings have been inspired by residencies in Wales and in Cornwall as well as travels to Italy. She works from her studio at home and in York City Centre at Pica Studios.