Lesley Anne Mackenzie
I am living and working in Brighton UK but spend much of my time in Denmark. My career has spanned 38 years in figurative fiction illustration for book and magazines publishers in UK and Scandinavia, which has given me the grounding and discipline needed for new painting projects.
Lolland a Danish pearl.
My second home is on Lolland and I have delighted in discovering that this part of southern Denmark is a place of much beauty and character and therefore is very inspirational for me as a painter. For the past year, I have been painting landscapes and seascapes from various places on Lolland and am very much inspired to continue with this, endeavouring to capture atmosphere with the many motifs and changes through time and the seasons.
The illuminated figure.
The human form and expression have always been a focus of my work as an illustrator and have developed into a collection of enhanced figurative paintings. I am painting the nude from life and embellishing with gold and silver leaf in the studio, breathing light into the negative space, lifting the traditional into the contemporary.
Away from the figurative and realism, my Danish woodscape paintings are a play with colour exaggeration, textural painting with knife and brush resulting in an impression of this natural environment, which I have come to love.