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Blue Inlet - Lesley Birch - Framed art Print

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About this artwork

Lesley Birch's 'Blue Inlet' is an ode to the breathtaking landscapes of St Monans, Scotland, where she was born. The East Coast's tough skies and secluded inlet walk provide the muse for this artwork. Birch explains, "These paintings are born from a deep sense of nostalgia, raw emotions, and memories of Scotland's lochs and coastlines. Most of us carry the landscapes of our births etched deep within us, and for me, this is unquestionably true. Sometimes, I'm not quite sure how these paintings come to life but once they do, I immediately recognise the space they portray, and they communicate back to me. Everything from my aunt's house on the Isle of Arran, to youth hostelling along the West Coast, sunbathing on the Isle of Lewis, or scaling a rocky edge from the sea in Kintyre – it's all encapsulated in my emotions and imagery. I enjoy building layers and using expressive brush strokes to depict the movement of air and sound on the canvas. But above all, it's about the use of colour and a touch of abstraction to express my deep affection for the energy and beauty of Scotland." - Lesley Birch, 2022.



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About the artist

Painter and printmaker Lesley Birch, born in Glasgow in 1958, crafts evocative, semi-abstract pieces that speak to her affinity with time and place. Her inspiration springs from the rugged landscapes of Scotland, Ireland, and Yorkshire, as well as the enigmatic Welsh forests, with their air and sounds finding expression through her vibrant colours, texture, and marks.

Leveraging her MA in English Literature and Music from the University of Glasgow, Birch spent the 1980s touring the UK and USA as a professional musician with the Scottish chart-topping band, Hue and Cry. Her foray into printmaking and painting began around 2000 while she was teaching English Literature in Cambridge.

Birch continually refines her approach, experimenting with various media to best articulate her subjects. After a 2017 trip to the isolated Scottish island of Islay, she developed a technique blending printmaking with painting, driven by her "passion for working on paper" and the promptness it allows in her mark-making.

Birch's lockdown alla prima oil paintings offer nostalgic memories of cherished places. Her artwork often leans towards abstraction, ignited by her responses to events, places, or emotions. A single line, shape or colour can sometimes become the central motif for an entire body of work.

In 2019, Birch became a member of the Society of Scottish Artists. She is also a founding member of PICA Studios in York, where she currently resides and creates. Birch's emotive colour usage and expressive marks truly connect with her audience.

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