Lesley Clarke employs acrylics, found objects, and related media to prepare abstract works that typically reflect complex, multi-themed visualizations. Lesley, born and raised in Scotland, focuses on embedding emotion, often conflict, into her creations. Her goal is to draw the viewer into the piece and to fully reflect the underlying theme, conveying that emotion or conflict independently and without distractions from specific elements of the piece. This goal often requires wholesale reworking of each piece such that the work you ultimately see had multiple “other lives” prior to reaching its present state. Hopefully, each piece moves you to the same or a similar place and time as its inspiration.
Lesley lives in Springfield, VA and paints from a home studio. She was born and raised in Scotland and lived there until 1991 when she moved to America. Since in the States, Lesley has lived in the West, South, Mid-west, and now here in the Mid-Atlantic. She went to college for accountancy and worked in various related positions. Her love for drawing and creation was always present but it was not until Lesley’s adult years that she has had the time to truly delve in and pursue this dream.