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. In 2017 Lesley contributed to an international book about Oil Painting Techniques. Recent paintings have been inspired by Winter trips to Scotland. As well as this, previous residencies in Wales and Cornwall inform her work. She paints from her studio at home and in York City Centre at Pica Studios.