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Lesley A. Powell’s art deals with the ability to expressively describe movement, its emotions and space, whether it was on the stage or now the two dimensional space of the canvas. Working on the canvas is now the stage for movement, line, color, texture and expression. Lesley is intrigued by the movements of the body, stories of juxtapositions of images of people and the love of nature. Blurring the image to capture essence of the movement, the expression of the space on the canvas, nature and color are motivations in my art.Her work ranges from paintings about the body, anatomy and movement to the abstraction of landscapes and bodies.

Lesley A. Powell



Lesley A. Powell has been an artist all of her life. She was first a dancer, choreographer and now a painter. The love of movement, space, texture, the body, color and nature are major influences on her art. Lesley’s art deals with the ability to expressively change the space, whether it be the stage or the painting.


Lesley was actively dancing and choreographing from 1974-1993. Since she stopped dancing and choreographing with opening her Pilates studio, she started back to art, a passion from high school. Originally her intention was to learn how to do anatomical drawing. Her teacher, Niki Orbach, inspired her to get back to her roots of creativity. Lesley Powell has continue her art studies at the National Academy of Art and the Arts Students League with Kamila Talbot for watercolor and with Frank O’Cain.


Her present studies with Frank O’Cain and Jennifer Polchinski have freed her creativity to finding the essence of an image whether it be the figure, still life or nature. “Frank O’Cain, he makes you understand the 3D on a flat surfaces as well as concepts from Hoffman.” At Woodstock School of Art, Lesley has been exploring monotype and mono prints with Lisa Macke and encaustic painting.


She is a member of Longyear Gallery. She was an active board member with AMR Artists, a nonprofit organization promoting art in the Catskills through an AMR Open Studio Tours and pop ups. Her work has been presented at shows in the New York area. She just received an honorable mention in a February 2022 show at the Arts Students League.



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