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Artist Statement

I paint to explore the depth of my connection to the world—to process and articulate my relationship with the aspects of nature that permeate my everyday experience.

My process is intuitive, based on direct response to the beauty in the natural world that surrounds me. I confront the persistence of inner turmoil: anxiety, fear, mortality. I look to the wider world as a calming force, for inspiration I can draw within, internalize and then express onto the canvas. In doing so, I convert uncertainty into order.

 

Painting centers me. The act of creating opens up renewed possibilities and infinities of feeling. It’s my way of tapping into something greater than myself and translating feeling into form.

 

My work interrogates the balance between representation and abstraction. I’m attracted to rhythms of nature, and inspired by simplicity of form. My paintings are primarily landscapes and, every so often, interpretations of the sea. Environments refracted, filtered through soft light and flattened color. Modern, yet grounded in observation and emotion, they encompass fields of grain and fields of vision; oceans of deep water and oceans of color.

I trace lineaments of trees and surf, horizons, interstices of space, liminal breaths between ground and sky. I explore the structure and order that resides in nature. In a sense, I tell stories with my brush. Not complex narrative tapestries, but elemental stories, manifestations of collective knowledge and a sense of deep, evolutionary time.

 

My process is an accumulation of moments, each with their attendant small excitements. I map out relationships and boundaries; I add layers; I subtract and simplify. Line and color, shape and form, texture and physicality: these qualities merge in the gestures of my brushwork. I observe the tactile surfaces of my paintings, play with rhythms, with harmony and space. As I work, the surface ebbs and evolves, then settles, like a sea after a storm.

 

Though my process is instinctual and embodied, it’s designed to engender shape and structure. I draw on movement and energy—making marks, moving paint—to create work that, with patience and a bit of luck, finally resonates.


As my paintings evolve, beauty emerges from the tensions inherent in this process.

Biography

Carol Lesher is an American landscape painter. Born in 1962 in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and currently residing in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Carol has exhibited widely in both Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Carol has always been drawn to the natural world, and her work continually explores the expansive landscape. She works on large canvases, balancing the tension between minimalist and maximalist expression.

 

Her paintings, always grounded in the representational, have evolved from vignettes framed within the landscape to the larger, more expressive and expansive landscape itself. Though grounded in the representational, her focus lies increasingly in the material qualities of the paints themselves, and the brushwork used to apply them, layer by layer building beautiful passages within the work into a greater whole.

 

Carol graduated from the University of Delaware in 1985 with a BFA in Painting. Her work experience since includes ten years managing the art collection of MBNA America. She began painting full time in 1999.

 

Her influences include Diebenkorn, Hopper, Katz and Fairfield Porter—each painters of great strength and commitment to their medium.

 

Carol’s work ethic is strong; when not painting, she is constantly thinking about the possibilities for her work, and how she can push her creative growth and exploration further. She’s focused on creating work with the idea that the delivery of paint on the canvas is an act that creates its own excitement and its own forms. She seeks the beauty inherent in this process.

 

Her work is marked by a consistent stylistic integrity. She employs brushes of all sizes, wields her palette knife to shift surfaces, and carefully considers when and where to use each tool.

 

Carol aims to continue creating paintings for people to enjoy, develop gallery relationships that will support the evolution of her work, and develop this work to its fullest potential. She has no end point in mind—the painting is its own goal, its own reward.

 

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Education

 

BFA, 1985, Painting, University of Delaware

 

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

2021

Solo Show, Red Raven Art Company, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

 

2019

Summer Show, Red Raven Art Company, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, Villanova, Pennsylvania

Abstractions, Scarlett Thicket Farm, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

 

2018

Red Raven Art Company, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Acadamy of Notre Dame de Namur, Villanova, Pennsylvania

Abstractions, Scarlett Thicket Farm, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Evening of the Arts, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

 

2017

Unionville Art Gala, Unionville, Pennsylvania

Works, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

 

2016

Holiday Show, Red Raven Art Company, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Land and Sea, Red Raven Art Company, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

HKS Evening of the Arts, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Chadds Ford Art Show, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

 

2015 

Group Show, Oxford Arts Alliance, Oxford, Pennsylvania

Solo Show, Church Street Gallery, West Chester, Pennsylvania

Chadds Ford Art Show, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

 

2014

Holiday Show, Red Raven Art Company, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

HKS Evening of the Arts, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Beauty & the Brush, Hardcastle Gallery, Centreville, Delaware

Chadds Ford Art Show, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

Holiday Show, Red Raven Art Company, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

 

2013

Miniature Show, Hardcastle Gallery, Centreville, Delaware

Holiday Show, Red Raven Art Company, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Chadds Ford Art Show, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

 

2012

Miniature Show, Sunset Hill Fine Arts Gallery, West Chester, Pennsylvania

Holiday Show, Red Raven Art Company, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Plein Air Brandywine Valley, Tatnall School, Wilmington, Delaware

Chadds Ford Art Show, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

 

2011

Group Show, Red Raven Art Company, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Plein Air Brandywine Valley, Tatnall School, Wilmington, Delaware

 

2010

Group Show, Red Raven Art Company

 

2008

Spring Thaw, Station Gallery, Greenville, Delaware

Holiday Show, Longwood Art Gallery, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

 

2007

Land and Sea, Longwood Art Gallery, Kennett Square, PA

Juried Members Exhibition, Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA

26th Annual Christmas in Miniature, Chadds Ford Art Gallery, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

 

2006

Still Life and Landscape, Barnstone Gallery, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Juried Show, 143 Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

25th Annual Christmas in Miniature, Chadds Ford Art Gallery, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

 

2005

Juried, Members Exhibition, Chester County Art Association, West Chester, Pennsylvania

Summer Show, Sunset Hill Fine Arts Gallery, West Chester, Pennsylvania

 

Professional Experience

 

1989-1999 Curator of Collections, MBNA America

 

Galleries

Maureen’s Gallery, Exton, Pennsylvania

Red Raven Art Company, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

 

Showrooms

Holly Peters Oriental Rugs & Home, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Somethings Unique, Greenville, Delaware