Lesley Birch was born in Glasgow in 1958. She attended Glasgow University where she gained an MA, reading Music and English Literature and later went on to tour with pop band Hue and Cry as a professional keyboards player in the 1980s. She has always drawn and painted - her dad was an architect and her mother painted in gouache. Mainly self-taught, she has sought out mentors over the years particularly favouring American Abstract artists such as Elise Ansel and Rebecca Crowell. Her artwork spans landscape and abstract genres. She works in a variety of media including printmaking, oil, acrylic and cold wax. She has exhibited and sold at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Ing Discerning Eye at the Mall Galleries, London and in 2016 Lesley was a winner of the Artist Magazine Award. Currently Lesley has been exploring and experimenting with new techniques using cold wax medium and is a contributor to a new book about these techniques to be published in Spring 2017. She has recently returned from art residencies in Cape Cornwall and Corris, Wales. Lesley Birch’s paintings express her feelings and ideas about Time and Place and convey different moods according to the seasons - from mysterious forests to bright West Coast sands. She sketches and paints outside to record her responses and completes the work in the studio. Playing with colour and semi-abstraction, she works intuitively - creating lines, scratches, forms and textual elements as she builds up layers of oil paint creating a history to the piece. Lesley works from Pica Studios and her own home studio, both in York.