LESLEY FOTHERBY (Born 1946)

Lesley Fotherby

Lesley Fotherby (born 1946)



Multi-talented and multi-faceted, Lesley Fotherby goes from strength to strength in expanding her range and increasing her popularity. read more...

Lesley Fotherby
Lesley Fotherby (born 1946)

Multi-talented and multi-faceted, Lesley Fotherby goes from strength to strength in expanding her range and increasing her popularity. She perpetually strives to capture the moving world around her, with fresh approaches and new appeal.

Lesley Fotherby was born Lesley Dixon in Kingsbury, North London, on 24 June 1946, the daughter of an engineering draughtsman for Westrex and a hairdresser. She was educated at Roe Green Infant School (1951-57) and Copthall County Grammar School for Girls, Mill Hill (1957-64). Following a foundation course at Bath Academy of Art, at Corsham (1964-65), she studied fashion and textiles at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, in Bromley, where she numbered Zandra Rhodes among her teachers (1965-68). Teacher training at Leicester Polytechnic (1968-69) prepared her to teach art at Hatters Lane County Secondary School for Girls in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire (1969-71). While in High Wycombe, she met her future husband, fellow teacher, David Fotherby.

Following a move to Yorkshire in 1971, Lesley continued to teach, most notably at a school in Richmond. However, from 1977, she gave more time to painting, and in that year attended a course at West Dean College on botanical illustration. This proved a turning point in her work, particularly in her use of watercolour. Her botanical illustrations became regular contenders in the shows of the Royal Horticultural Society, achieving one silver and two silver-gilt medals in the early 1980s.

While exhibiting at the Chandler Gallery, Leyburn, in 1983, Lesley met Chris Beetles, who encouraged her to paint full time. And so, though she began intermittent adult art teaching with an evening class at a school in Wensleydale, she gave up school teaching. Lesley's increased focus and productivity led, in 1985, to 'Nature Through the Seasons', the first of many solo shows at the Chris Beetles Gallery, and one that helped establish her as a sensitive painter of subtle, atmospheric landscapes. In addition, she has also become a regular contributor to the gallery’s annual Summer Shows and Cat Shows.

In 1992, Lesley started painting dancers at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, then at several other dance schools, including the Central School of Dance, Northern Ballet and London City Ballet. Her interest in form and movement developed from this early figurative work, and continues to combine motion and spontaneity with an adeptness and fluidity of representation both in oil and watercolour – from the simple flurry of a line and the bleed of a wash, to her closely observed and richly perceived and perfected portrayals.

Also in 1992, Lesley wrote and illustrated
The Cat Who Came to Stay, at an early stage on her way to becoming one of the country's most admired painters of cats. Subsequent publications have included Cats: Drawing and Painting in Watercolour (1993) and six books by Doreen Tovey, for which she provided the illustrations: Cats in May (1993), Cats in the Belfry (1993), Double Trouble (1994), The New Boy (1994), More Cats in the Belfry (1995) and The Coming of Saskia (1995).

Following her move to Little Eversden, in Cambridgeshire, in 2001, Lesley has been Artist-in-Residence with both the City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra and the Lucy Cavendish Singers, while also continuing to paint dancers, particularly those of Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Having long been established as a painter of landscapes, Lesley Fotherby began, in 2005, to capture the drama and beauty of the sea, again in both oil and watercolour. Together with her images of the countryside, dancers and cats, her seascapes reveal a continuing pleasure and passion for the movement and rhythms of the world around her.

Woods & ForestsFarmingLandscapesDogs
CatsBritainContemporary - Paintings & DrawingsHorses
GardensSnow  
WATCHING GEESE by LESLEY FOTHERBY

WATCHING GEESE

PINPOSH IN THE SHADE by LESLEY FOTHERBY

PINPOSH IN THE SHADE

SKETCHES OF ROMEO AND ELLINGTON by LESLEY FOTHERBY

SKETCHES OF ROMEO AND ELLINGTON

FLORENCE AND A STRAW BAG by LESLEY FOTHERBY

FLORENCE AND A STRAW BAG

STUDIES OF SIAMESE 'TASHA AND 'NOUSKA by LESLEY FOTHERBY

STUDIES OF SIAMESE 'TASHA AND 'NOUSKA

MUFFIN IN THE FLOWERS by LESLEY FOTHERBY

MUFFIN IN THE FLOWERS

STUDIES OF KITTENS by LESLEY FOTHERBY

STUDIES OF KITTENS

CATS AND DRAGONFLIES by LESLEY FOTHERBY

CATS AND DRAGONFLIES

AUTUMN LYNMOUTH by LESLEY FOTHERBY

AUTUMN LYNMOUTH

MIMI ON A MAT by LESLEY FOTHERBY

MIMI ON A MAT

ROLLING ON A PATH by LESLEY FOTHERBY

ROLLING ON A PATH

SIAMESE ON A PINK CARPET by LESLEY FOTHERBY

SIAMESE ON A PINK CARPET

SPOTTED CAT WITH A PLATE by LESLEY FOTHERBY

SPOTTED CAT WITH A PLATE

SUKI WAKING by LESLEY FOTHERBY

SUKI WAKING

CAT IN A BASKET by LESLEY FOTHERBY

CAT IN A BASKET

CAT IN THE KITCHEN by LESLEY FOTHERBY

CAT IN THE KITCHEN

SHEEP DOG PUPS WITH A HAY RAKE by LESLEY FOTHERBY

SHEEP DOG PUPS WITH A HAY RAKE

SUFFOLK PUNCHES by LESLEY FOTHERBY

SUFFOLK PUNCHES

JANUARY SUN   WIMPOLE by LESLEY FOTHERBY

JANUARY SUN WIMPOLE

SUMAC IN JANUARY by LESLEY FOTHERBY

SUMAC IN JANUARY