Lesley Thiel shies away from the description 'equestrian artist'.
Although she is renowned for her extraordinary paintings
of horses, her compositions could perhaps be better
described as portraits, conveying the individual traits of
each magnificent subject.
Although she was born and educated in England, Lesley has
lived most of her adult life in Germany, Switzerland and the
USA. Having originally trained as a scientist and worked in
various fields of scientific research, she formed her love of
horses while visiting a friend's Stud in the United States.
Despite her early love of painting and drawing, it took this
encounter with an inspirational subject to reignite her passion
for art, and it was here that she once again began to paint.
Taking the spirited Arabian horses around her as her subject,
she was soon producing work of great power and drama.
in Lesley's own words: "I have always loved natural life forms
and the beauty of the natural world. It was spending time
around Arab horses that finally inspired me to follow my dream
and start painting and drawing again. Their intelligence, grace
and elegance captivated me. I didn't just want to watch
horses, I wanted to commemorate their beauty and grace, to
pay tribute to them as individuals and share this with others
through my work".
Lesley's work has been exhibited at Mall Galleries and all over
the UK and the USA. Her opinions are also valued in the academic
world and she has delivered several guest lectures on
art at British universities.