Lesley Seegar is an intuitive painter. Her work has been described as being ‘full of colour and vitality’. Originally she painted in oils but she now uses acrylics because of their capacity for layering. She teaches privately and for York Art Gallery, is a community artist and also a qualified art therapist.
As Artist in Residence in the renal unit of York Hospital for the last six years, she has worked with patients to produce public art for the hospital. During this time she was commissioned to make six dry point etchings and four paintings for the new Selby Hospital. Four large canvases (5x5ft) purchased by Paintings in Hospitals are exhibited in the main entrance of York hospital.
Lesley is best known for her many layered, multicoloured flowers and landscapes and has recently been working directly from the landscape around her. She likes to find new ways to describe things and is constantly experimenting with paint application and mark making. Nature inspires her; its energy, shapes and lines. She tries to express life-force, the sheer guts and excitement of the natural world. Lesley sketches, photographs and works from her head. Currently her work ranges from £250-£950.
She has exhibited with York Open Studios since they began and shows regularly at Saltbox gallery in Helmsley. The English countryside and sky has become her greatest influence but in the past it was the colours of Sri Lanka and Galicia in Northern Spain. Lesley’s paintings are in public and private collections from York to West Africa.