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Diana Leslie


From Brinkies Brae II, c.2000

H:14.8cm W:126cm
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Diana Leslie

Photography by Paul Joos
Born: 1971
Place of Birth: Orkney

I paint Orkney outside. The wind and dynamic light are energies which make me happy; they fly by while the mass is going nowhere. Diana Leslie

After graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 1998, Diana Leslie returned to her home in Orkney to set up her studio in Stromness. It is her deep sense of belonging that allows Leslie to create intimate and honest depictions of the Orcadian townscape and community. Her sources are various; Stromness, the sea, flowers, art. She works with paint, print and drawing. Landscape is central to her practice.

‘Painting has a magical property: it can hold on to energy and strange things like freedom, even when the artist is long gone. It tells its own truth.’  Diana Leslie



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