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This is Susan, one very ”come lately,” to oil painting!
I have chosen to paint under the name of Winifred Lesley to credit both my mother Lesley, and her mother Winifred, for the joy of this new beginning.
Both were artistically gifted women for whom the freedoms of this age might have nurtured their talents in music and theatre beyond their expectations. Instead their legacy of appreciation lives on in those of their family fortunate enough to recognize the possibility and satisfaction of personal expression in one's chosen art form.
Having retired from many years work in critical incident response, chaplaincy and pastoral care in Australia, I returned to my roots in New Zealand in 2010. Now happily settled, my aim is to focus on developing this new aspect of myself through painting in oils.
Particular thanks go to a very talented artist Jerry Fresia, www.fresia.com whose brilliant tuition over one magical week on Lake Como in 2010 helped to dispel my long held belief that artists are born imbued with talent! Jerry implanted the notion that 'having a go,' might instead enlarge who I am, and that learning to see as the impressionist painters did would be the key. In learning to see, I would learn to paint. How simple and encouraging was that?
Time is now of the essence, so I hope the discipline of applying what I learnt in Jerry’s class might craft a new dimension to my personal narrative?
As I try the almost daily practise of painting in the hope of becoming more of me, I will value your comments on how I am travelling, as a valued by-product of the exercise! Thank you for viewing my art.
The idea for this page might not have been, but for the paintings of Julian Merrow-Smith at www.shiftinglight.com. Julian’s daily paintings, entitled Postcards from Provence are in my opinion, and from the comments of his many thousands of followers, food for the soul, that encourage all inspirational possibility!
Thank you to Julian, and to Gavin Smith, the fine New Zealand painter and friend who introduced me to his work. http://gavinsmith.vc.net.nz