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“I just know you will all enjoy this wonderful collection of paintings inspired by Lesley’s thoughts and feelings as she was forced into isolation. There is always the potential for something positive to come out of life‘s problematic moments and Lesley has certainly made the most positive response any artist could to this global pandemic and its impact on her own life.” (Lee Benson)
Lesley Ware was born in 1948 in Moseley, Birmingham. She lived in Birmingham till the age of 13 when the family moved to Staithes, a fishing village in the North East of England. There she met an artist called Lilian Colbourn RA who made a lasting impression on her. At the age of 16 she returned to Birmingham and took up an apprenticeship in hairdressing, working her way up to a managerial position. When her two boys were in their teens, Lesley decided to follow her love of art and started to have private lessons with a teacher called Di Edwards. From there she went on to the Bournville School of Art. To the present day, she continues to teach at day centres with Birmingham city council and for over twenty years at the BJCC home in Stirchley she has organised nearly all their art exhibitions.
Lesley was a member of the Birmingham Pastel Society until it disbanded. Her latest project is a lockdown diary of paintings reflecting moods and influences during the Covid 19 pandemic year of 2020.