My name is Lesley Reed and I am an animal and pet portrait hobby artist.
I am originally from the United Kingdom, born and raised in and around the beautiful city of Bath in the south west of England, I am now residing in Pennsylvania, USA after a move with my family in 2015.
My art experience stems back from early childhood. Growing up I had a love of both animals and art and that love has never changed into adulthood. My artistic talent was spotted early by both my parents and teachers as I grew up, especially after winning my first art competition during my infant school years.
My art education progressed after school into college where I recieved my BTEC 1st Diploma in Art & Design at Trowbridge College in Wiltshire and then my BTEC National Diploma and Higher National Diploma in Industrial Design at the Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design.
It wasn't until I left college and began a career in retail that I started taking an interest in doing pet portraiture starting with one of my own dog and then others of other much loved pets of other family members.
Now I am a stay at home mother of 3 with a home full of animals, including 3 dogs and 3 parrots and now realising my hobby into a career.