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.

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CRASHING WAVES, DANCING LEDGE, DORSET by LESLEY FOTHERBY

CRASHING WAVES, DANCING LEDGE, DORSET

THE SNOW LINE, WENSLEYDALE by LESLEY FOTHERBY

THE SNOW LINE, WENSLEYDALE

RAINCLOUDS OVER THE VALLEY, WENSLEYDALE by LESLEY FOTHERBY

RAINCLOUDS OVER THE VALLEY, WENSLEYDALE

SNOW ON A RUTTED FIELD   SPENNITHORNE by LESLEY FOTHERBY

SNOW ON A RUTTED FIELD SPENNITHORNE

DEBUTANTE AND THE DAGO STUDY II by LESLEY FOTHERBY

DEBUTANTE AND THE DAGO STUDY II

MORGAN STUDY II by LESLEY FOTHERBY

MORGAN STUDY II

TWINKLING LIGHTS by LESLEY FOTHERBY

TWINKLING LIGHTS

THE STRING SECTION by LESLEY FOTHERBY

THE STRING SECTION

FROM BEHIND THE DRUMS by LESLEY FOTHERBY

FROM BEHIND THE DRUMS

TREES AT ELAFONISI by LESLEY FOTHERBY

TREES AT ELAFONISI

BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE
LA FILLE MAL GARDEE by LESLEY FOTHERBY

BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE LA FILLE MAL GARDEE

DANCERS LEAPING
LA FILLE MAL GARDEE by LESLEY FOTHERBY

DANCERS LEAPING LA FILLE MAL GARDEE

TWO DANCERS
LA FILLE MAL GARDEE by LESLEY FOTHERBY

TWO DANCERS LA FILLE MAL GARDEE

SAND AT CALA MARIOLU by LESLEY FOTHERBY

SAND AT CALA MARIOLU

ROCKS AT CALA MARIOLU by LESLEY FOTHERBY

ROCKS AT CALA MARIOLU

PINK TINGED SANDS by LESLEY FOTHERBY

PINK TINGED SANDS

AT THE WATER'S EDGE by LESLEY FOTHERBY

AT THE WATER'S EDGE

SURPRISING COLOURS by LESLEY FOTHERBY

SURPRISING COLOURS

THE SEA AT FALASSARNA by LESLEY FOTHERBY

THE SEA AT FALASSARNA

ROCKS AT FALASSARNA by LESLEY FOTHERBY

ROCKS AT FALASSARNA