Leigh Ann Gale

Artist's Statement:

Leigh Ann was born in England and grew up in Warwickshire where she obtained a national diploma in technical illustration. She then moved to London to study graphics and graduated from Ravensbourne College of Art and Design with an honours degree in Graphic Design in 1989. For eight years she pursued a career in graphic design and packaging.

Leigh Ann had always wanted to learn botanical illustration and a couple of years after the birth of her daughter she attended a local adult education evening class in flower painting. Inspired by these classes and realising she had the potential to become a professional botanical artist she went on to complete the diploma in botanical illustration at the English Gardening School, Chelsea Physic Garden. Leigh Ann became a member of the Society of Floral Painters shortly afterwards and in 2005 was invited to join the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society where now as a fellow, she has several paintings held in the royal archives. Two of Leigh Ann’s paintings have been selected for inclusion in the 13th International Exhibition at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, USA in 2010.

Leigh Ann draws inspiration for her paintings from a wide range of subject matter, particularly specimens that are rich in colour, feature interesting textures or have an intricate structure. Her paintings capture the fine detail and nuances which are unique to the subject, and are carefully composed to combine botanical accuracy with artistic appeal.

A chance meeting with her old evening class tutor led Leigh Ann to undertake a teacher training course and in 2008 she gained her Certificate in Education. Leigh Ann lives in West Sussex with her husband, teenage daughter, and three cats. She teaches botanical art and undertakes privately commissioned work.

Several of Leigh Ann’s paintings are available as greetings cards and limited edition giclée prints.

To see more of Leigh Ann’s work plus details of exhibitions, latest news, events and contact information visit
www.la-botanicalart.co.uk

 

Ludisia discolour ‘Red Velvet’ –
Watercolour – © 2009 – 21” x 16”
Selected for inclusion in the 13th International Exhibition, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation 2010

Tipuana tipu tree samaras
Tipuana tipu tree samaras –
Watercolour – © 2008 – 7” x 10”
Pineapple
Watercolour – © 2004 –16” x 12”
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