Lesley Alexander- Puka Leaf #1
I am intrigued by and love painting the intricate details of plants and natural objects I find. Walking round the fresh produce section of a supermarket, walking on a reserve or an urban street hold equal fascination for me! It is these places where I discover my next subject to paint. It’s often the overlooked, non-perfect, often past their prime specimens that draw me in. Through careful observation, drawing and painting I have learnt so much about the natural world around me and hope that you, the viewer, will be drawn in to appreciate its complexity and beauty.
Watercolour is my medium of choice, as the transparent quality of watercolour allows me to add many glazes which not only bring a richness and depth of colour to my work, but a softness too when needed. I am intrigued by all the tiny details and the flexibility of watercolour allows me to capture these. I also enjoy working in graphite and ink and recently gouache.
Botanical art is a marriage of art and science and my paintings are always the result of an incredibly fascinating voyage of discovery. My larger artworks can often take 100 hours from initial sketches, dissections to finished artwork as I endeavour to capture the tiny details, allowing the viewer to discover the beauty within.
Nature journaling is another important part of my art practice – I love sketching out in the field, as this acts as a foil to the concentration needed back in my studio.
Size: 435 x 555mm
Status: For Sale