Gala 2023 Featured Artist: Lesley Powell

Lesley Powell, French Kitchen, oil, 12 x 18 in.

The 32nd Annual Gala consists of three separate events that each offer unique cultural activities to attract a variety of patrons, both young and old. These three events are tied together by the month-long Gala Art Exhibition of the featured artist, Lesley Powell, and the rest of the artwork included in the Online Silent Auction.

Lesley Powell, Tall Hydrangea, oil, 17 x 11

Lesley Powell, Draped, oil, 19 x 10 in.

Lesley Powell finds inspiration in translating her own perception of a scene into a painting that involves the viewer and calls forth the viewer’s own responses.  Her subjects range from intimate still lifes and interiors to sweeping outdoor vistas. Powell works with a classical approach to color and composition, but her point of view is fresh and contemporary. She eliminates extraneous details and focuses instead on the most compelling aspects of her subject. She uses simple but interesting shapes to convey these aspects. Lesley’s still-life paintings are sensitively observed in the quiet of her studio. Similarly, her landscapes and interiors all originate from firsthand observation and work on location. Larger studio works spring from her in-person studies and sketches.

Lesley Powell lives in Charlotte, NC, but her easel accompanies her on travels far and wide. She has studied on an ongoing basis with internationally acclaimed artist Maggie Siner. Powell is represented by Huff Harrington Fine Art in Atlanta. Her work is also on her website: