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McLaren was born in Glasgow in 1959. She attended Exeter College
of Art achieving a BA(hons) in painting. Inspiration comes
from the Scottish countryside. Whilst travelling Lesley collects
images in her sketch book and on camera. Back in the studio
she seeks to recreate the essence and drama of beautiful Scottish
countryside. The result is superb paintings reflecting memories
and feelings, where Lesley has often allowed the more dramatic
elements of a scene to develop through the language of paint.
The finished painting is a little like the end of a little
journey. She describes every painting as "the creation
of an exciting new world - one which journeys on from reality".