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.