"I see, I hear, I feel ...I paint"
My paintings are an expressive and personal response to place. My main inspiration is the landscape and the powerful feelings it evokes in me. I travel to different places to feed my art practice - Scotland, The Lakes, Italy, Cornwall and Wales. My way of painting is somehow combined with emotions about my life and reactions to music and literature. However, I have a very simple and raw love of paint and the basic act of making marks. I move between figuration and abstraction, aiming, simply for balance and emotion in the painting.
My sketchbook is a sort of journal,
full of drawings, thoughts, ideas and play ...
Sketchbooks are integral to my practice. I immerse myself in the emotion and moment responding quickly in watercolours, ink and graphite. I instinctively grab colours and make marks excited by the air, earth, patterns, light and sounds. My senses are heightened engulfed by the blasting roar of the sea on Islay or the soft winds of the South Downs. In the studio, my memory and imagination come into play and I'm thinking more about composition.
I like to vary my media according to my response. I work on panel and paper and sometimes canvas, using oils, cold wax and pigments, building up layers on various paintings. Though the paintings evolve slowly, I like to work in a series and so I'm moving quickly between paintings, allowing them to speak to each other and enjoying the qualities of the paint.
I'm as interested in the quality
of the medium as I am in my subject."
For the past six months or so, I've revelled in the simple, expressive brush mark, glossy and lush. A sense of mood and atmosphere needs to be there and the paintings continue to speak back to me. That is always good."
Lesley Birch 2018
Lesley Birch 2018
"Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye... it also includes the inner pictures of the soul."