Lesley Birch was born in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. She creates atmosheric and emotional artwork inspired by her memories and the landscape. During the past three years she has been working in oil and cold wax medium, where she is developing a personal language of symbols, line and layering.
Lesley 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 and then moved to Cambridge where she began to explore and develop her life-long interest in painting and finding the joy and excitement of printmaking.
Later on she moved to Yorkshire where, together with a few other artists, she set up Donderdag Collective, a life drawing group organically formed through a mutual interest in drawing. This led to a figurative element appearing in her landscape paintings and allowed her to explore a more narrative element in her work.
She has gone on to exhibit at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Mall Galleries and Cork Street, London. She has a painting in the Royal Marsden Hospital Trust Collection. Lesley exhibits in galleries in Scotland and the UK in both mixed and solo shows.
Lesley has spent valuable time developing her art practice with two residencies in 2016 - firstly, at Brisons Veor in Cornwall where she collaborated with artists Karen Stamper and Clare Maria Wood and secondly, at Stiwdio Maelor in Corris, North Wales where she found the surrounding forests to be her main source of inspiration.
Lesley currently works from Pica Studios in York City Centre as well as her a home studio in York.