Description A vector illustration of a decorative Henna cat. She is reflecting in the midst of Autumn as the leaves fall around her, leaving the trees naked and bare. She is being buried in the leaves and her tail is nearly completely covered by the falling leaves.
Lesley Smitheringale, Brisbane Member Since May 2007 Artist Statement I graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1982 after gaining a Degree with Honours in Design, specialising in Printed Textiles.
After teaching art in a High School for ten years in Scotland, I immigrated to Australia where I have taught adults drawing and silk painting at TAFE Colleges. I am currently teaching art in a private College in the Gold Coast, Queensland.
I have always loved art since I was very young and was always drawing. Silk painting is one of the most satisfying and exciting art forms that I have worked with and I particularly enjoy the fresh, jewel-like quality of the colours and their transparency when held up to the light, almost like a stained-glass window. I also enjoy doing pastel and graphite drawings and my inspiration comes from the abundance of flora and fauna in Australia and my love of cats.
My current passion is photography I am very lucky to live in Queensland where my husband and I are visited by a myriad of birds including sulphur-crested cockatoos, pale-headed rosellas, King parrots, kookaburras, galahs, rainbow lorikeets and as an artist, I am able to get very close to these gorgeous feathered friends to photograph, sketch and paint. I enjoy macro photography and digital manipulation.