About the Artist

          Lauren Lesley was born in South Carolina, USA in 1999. She received her BFA in Fine Arts at Ringling College of Art and Design in 2022 and is best known for her drawings and paintings based on photographs that she has taken and collected since she was a child. Each piece provides the representation of subjects she has a strong emotional connection to but is physically disconnected from; family members and pets, mementos and childhood toys that have tattered over time, and details of events and life moments that she can only relive through memory. In order to accurately capture the essence of the subjects or scenes, details such as the texture of fur, ripples in water, and patterns on fabric are rendered in a way that mimics each reference photo, while other elements are altered, taken away, or added in order to more seamlessly align with and translate her own personal recollections.

  Lauren has been recognized both nationally and internationally. She received a National Gold Medal from Scholastics Art and Writing Awards at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2018, and her work has since been displayed in galleries across the United States. She was also one of 128 international artists to have their work featured in Artists Network and Artists Magazine’s Strokes of Genius 9 | The Best of Drawing by North Light Books.