Lesley Finlayson was born in Glasgow in 1961 and studied for her B.A at the Glasgow School of Art, graduating with honours. In 1987 she moved to Canada and was awarded an M.F.A from the University of Calgary in 1989. For 20 years she taught Drawing and Painting in the Fine Arts Department at Langara College, British Columbia, and is currently a full time landscape painter based in Vancouver.
She says 'I am not drawn to botanical accuracy, but, rather, picking out exquisite visual relationships'. Her paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Scotland and Canada and she has received several scholarships and awards. Her work is held in many private collections, in Canada, Europe and the U.S.A.