I am an artist from the North Coast of New South Wales. I gained teaching qualifications from the University of Wollongong and for many years I taught intellectually and physically disabled children. I won the Rockdale art award when I was 12, at the time I was being tutored by now well-known Australian artist Pamela Griffiths. I continued to study art on a part time basis at East Sydney Technical College, Seaforth Technical College and St George Technical College and in the last few years I have been tutored by many well-known artists such as David Fairburn, Rodney Black, Angus McDonald, Pamela Griffiths an Tony Smibert.
I resigned from teaching and worked in the film industry producing television commercials and documentaries. When that career finished I worked for Standards Australia in their marketing Department, designing and placing media. I finally finished my formal working career as a Regional Manager for the Commonwealth Bank, which is how I ended up on the North Coast of New South Wales.
I was always drawing and painting and after I took an early retirement I decided to spend as much time as possible on my art.
I have been teaching private students for 12 years. I have taught and studied painting overseas and I travel and study at every opportunity.
I have exhibited widely and had many solo exhibitions and over 40 joint exhibitions.
I was a partner in an art gallery in Lennox Head, teaching and curating exhibitions.
Secretary Ballina Arts and Crafts Centre Incorporated for 3 years
Current on committee of PAN, Professional Artists Network, based at Byron Bay
For 11 years I have organised major fund raising art exhibitions for the NSW Cancer Council
Member of Art Gallery of New South Wales.
My work can be viewed on Facebook at Lennox Artspace or lesleyryanart.com.
Some selected achievements include
2016 – Drawings published in “Strokes of Genius” number 8 international distribution October 2016
2016 – May Exhibition Duo Solo Ryan + Wright NRCG
2016 – Exhibition Lone Goat Gallery Byron Bay
2015 – Exhibition New Zealand – Taranaki Art Gallery
2014 – Winner packer Prize Ipswich Art Awards
2014 – Winner People’s choice PAN exhibition
2012 – Highly commended the Border Exhibition, Tweed Regional Gallery
2012 – Finalist Byron Bay Brewery Exhibition
2012 – Finalist Caldera Exhibition
2012 – Finalist Artfelt exhibition Northern Rivers Community Gallery
2012 – Winner People’s choice Ballina Arts Exhibition Northern Rivers Community Gallery
2011 – Winner People’s choice Ballina Arts Exhibition Northern Rivers Community Gallery
2011 – Winner Ballina Art Society Exhibition
2011 – Winner People’s choice Marine Rescue Exhibition
2010 – Exhibition Northern Rivers Community Gallery
2010 – Finalist Marine Rescue exhibition2009 Solo exhibition Northern Rivers Community Gallery
2009 – Solo exhibition Northern Rivers Community Gallery
2002 – Winner Ceramic design Southern Cross Art Exhibition