Largely a self-taught artist, Lesley Gadsby ventured into the world of painting at an early age; watching and painting with her mother and being taught oil painting in grammar school were her first forays. Her view point of painting was changed by watching a live demonstration in which she ventured to tackle abstract collage with bold colors and strokes of the paint brush. Painting is something that she simply need to do.
Lesley was an art major at the University of New Mexico and studied color and design at Rudolph Schaeffer in San Francisco. She has taught both fine art painting and faux painting. Lesley also had a small business where she would create faux paintings on both furniture and walls.
Her sources of inspiration come from animals, people, places or gestures that she has photographed. Lesley’s paintings are usually started in acrylic because it dries quickly and she can get her vision down in a fast and loose manner. Then she may change to oil for the color and transparency or add ink, pastel, pencil or papers. She tends to work fast then will set a canvas aside and start another. Sometimes a work will sit for a week or a month until she sees where it needs to go. At other times it is finished in one sitting.
Lesley is predominately interested in the contrast of color, visual texture and organic against inorganic objects. She is currently playing with oil and cold wax techniques combined with acrylic paints.
Lesley has won several first place awards in art shows while living in California including the San Diego Art Museum where she was also featured in their catalog.
Currently, she is active in the Pend Oreille Arts Council (POAC) in Sandpoint, ID and shows her contemporary, abstract, mixed media artwork in The Artisan Gallery in Priest River, ID.
She has her artwork in many private collections, both domestically and abroad; most notably are Bank of America, Genentech, Yahoo and Visa offices.
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