Lesley Munro
Art School: 1980-4
I was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1962 and studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art between 1980 & 84, and graduated with a B.A.(Hons), before moving to London to discover life! I set out to transform my 17 years of education into a career in Television and Advertising, while quenching my adventurous thirst meeting new friends, singing in a rock band, travelling and touching new experiences.
Somewhere along the whirlwind I got married and as I brought up my two children, undertook a postgraduate degree in Teacher Training and taught in schools and colleges in Scotland and England.

 

As my children grew older I was able to devote more time to painting and spent time working and teaching in pure watercolour (appearing in an episode of Watercolour Challenge with Hannah Gordon in 2000), growing my portfolio by painting for joy and carrying out commissions. Whilst still in love the delicacy and vibrancy of the medium of watercolour I also explored acrylic and mixed media, and now within my paintings I play the brilliancy and delicacy of watercolour against the surface of acrylic and collage.
In July 2015 I moved to a small village in Norfolk where, as any artist who has visited will know well, the skys are simply huge and the light is amazing! My aim was to focus primarily on my painting and teach part time and early this year I was excited and a little shocked to find that I had won the inaugural ‘Landscape Painter of the Year’ award sponsored by the Norfolk EDP (http://www.norfolkmag.co.uk/home), you can read the article here.

 

My Painting is a reaction to observation, whether it is within vibrant re-invented still lives, a response to the landscape around me or the difficult to explain ones that are to do with thoughts,random thoughts, daydreams and reminisces. I think the subject and visual imagery attracts me but the sensation from the source is the reason for the painting and basically why I paint!