Lesley Ryan is best known for her drawing, watercolour and mixed media works which are used to create multilayered, multifaceted images. She is a contemporary fine artist and has been influenced by the Japanese woodblocks of the EDO period which she translates into modern visions. Lesley uses fabrics sourced in Japan to represent the landscapes, interspersed with drawn and painted Australian creatures, birds, and animals.
Japanese woodblock prints of this period were used to create artist books or saga books, this idea is incorporated into the backgrounds of her works, which are antique book pages, sourced from old school magazines and children’s stories.
She adopts a similar minimalistic approach to her imaginative and atmospheric landscape watercolours with limited palettes and strong lines.
Her work can be found in national, international and private collections. Her greeting cards are sold in America, New Zealand and Australia