Lesley Charnock hails from Cape Town, South Africa where she works and teaches from her studio at the Montebello Design Centre in Newlands.
One look at any of her paintings leaves no doubt that she is inspired by Africa. Vibrant colour; bright sunlight; deep shadows; confident, energetic brush strokes; luscious palette knife work; strong tonal values…
Lesley is regularly invited to art societies as a guest artist to demonstrate oil painting and to give motivational talks. She has illustrated three popular and acclaimed children’s books.Lesley Charnock
Her rich, glowing oils have found their way into both private and corporate collections throughout South Africa and many are regularly shipped around the world.
Many of Lesley's earlier works are available as prints - please contact us for details.....
Lesley studied Fine Art at the Cape Technicon under Herbert Coetzee. She was later tutored by well-respected and recognised artists such as Joe Osser and Ryno Swart.Lesley Charnock
Aside from being an accomplished artist in her own right, Lesley is well-known as an inspirational and enthusiastic art teacher.
Inspired and stimulated by her many travels through Africa with her husband, Lesley finds the subjects for her paintings in the people she sees walking along dusty country roads, working in the fields or herding cattle and tending their flocks. On the streets of the cities she finds people waiting for taxis and buses; selling fruit or flowers; or walking and jogging along a promenade. Whether it’s a landscape, a seascape or a city scene, there is rarely a painting by Lesley without a figure in it.
Then, for a change of pace, you will find portraits full of life and vigour, serene flower studies and striking still life compositions.
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