Lesley was born in Yorkshire, England, where she grew up in a small Northern fishing town, and currently resides in Orange County, California. She received a B.A. Honors First Class degree in Illustration and Design from the University of Lincoln. Early in her career, she worked as a graphic designer and later began to produce children’s books and licensed artwork. For the last several years her main focus and passion have been an abstract painting.
Seeking to create an abstract visual language that cannot be expressed otherwise is Lesley Grainger's main objective. She works intuitively and thoughtfully while discovering new and interesting color and compositions. Painting is a reflection of experience and what Lesley has found is that each painting is translated to the next, like an ongoing story. Color is a boundless part of her process, seeking to explore color combinations that intrigue the senses and reveal something unexpected. Discovery is key in Lesley's expression, as she works with the canvas, adding and removing elements. This pushes her to new levels and what brings a sense of how art can change the way we think, the way we feel and the way we connect with the world.