Artist Lesley Pickford

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  • FASO Artist Website: http://www.pickfordart.com

  • Year Born: N/A

  • Price Range: $45.00 - $2,500.00
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I have a drive to translate those images and ideas into 2D paintings! It feels wonderful to let them out to roam on canvas! Several magnificent horses and wonderful cats delight me daily. I ride everyday if I can, now pursuing the discipline of modern competitive dressage based on classical principles. My horses are often the subject of paintings, as well as other sources, along with commissioned portraits of other darling animals. My favorite subjects are figurative and include animals, particularly horses. I prefer to paint them in natural surroundings, with their riders or handlers, and often dogs or cats in the picture. Waterscapes and landscapes are now a source of inspiration and I am particularly enjoying painting plein air in the Northern California and on trips back "home" in outback Australia. Still life compositions round out the set, providing the opportunity to develop techniques, control and to translate observation into paint.
My style is relatively loose realism, in a post-impressionist manner. It continues to evolve and grow - I learn and take on challenges to paint in different ways, with the brush and knife.  My desire for my portfolio is to be fresh and clear in style and subject matter, and to do justice to the composition. 
How I got here: I originally had the intention of pursuing a career in art, and some early instruction in my home town Adelaide, South Australia, generated the opportunity to provide technical drawings for a book, Margaret C. Clarke's classic equestrian manual, "Riding, Showing and Jumping", published by Rigby's in the early 1970s. Employment as a Verterinary technician led to PhD in Biochemistry and following relocation to the San Francisco Bay Area, an MBA, enabled a successful career in the Bio-Pharmaceutical industry.  Imagery was always a key part in my scientific endeavors and approach - I [...]

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