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Lesley Whelan is a Coventry-based fine artist specialising in painting

‘Meaning leads to worthwhile outcomes’

I am a Fine Artist specialising in contemporary, botanical paintings full of texture and colour. I work from a studio on the Canal Basin in Coventry, West Midlands, a thriving feature of the city’s ever growing cultural landscape.

If you’re looking for a stunning focal point for your home, business or interiors project I can help with ready-to-buy or commissioned, bespoke pieces.

 

 

 

 

Testimonials

  • I had seen some of Lesley's beautiful artwork at a friend’s house and visited her studio hoping to find something suitable. Lesley asked me about my tastes and suggested a commission. I had never done anything like that before but she made it so easy. She asked lots of questions about me and my life and listened very carefully. She created ‘Mon Coin du Monde’ which is so beautiful and encapsulates my life perfectly; it's better than anything I could have dreamed of.  Apart from the original meeting, all was done via the internet because I live in France. I thoroughly recommend this talented and intelligent artist: you will never regret on embarking on a creation with her. Thank you so much.

    Caroline Haycox
    Caroline Haycox
  • Lesley worked with us at Askews Legal to produce 4 vibrant pieces for our newly refurbished boardroom. She listened carefully to our ideas and spent time planning, sketching and working up ideas, keeping us informed at each stage through emails and studio visits. It was intriguing to watch the creative process come into play. She wove aspects of the legal system, as well as aspects of Coventry, into the finished pieces and we were bowled over by the results. People always comment on the work and they are always interested in the stories behind them

    Teerath Gill
    Teerath Gill Askews Legal, Solicitor
  • Lesley’s work is unique and I’m fascinated by the process she uses to create these pieces. When’ Midsummer Dream’ became available, I was immediately drawn by the vibrant colours and beautiful form of the plant shapes. Lesley gave us the opportunity to purchase and helped us to choose a frame. My husband and I are thrilled to own one of Lesley’s beautiful, original artworks and it has received many admiring comments from guests to our home. -

    Elizabeth Smith
    Elizabeth Smith
  • Lesley combines her passion for the subject with her talent in visual art to provide a glorious perspective of nature's beauty and diversity

    James Gilbourne
    James Gilbourne
  • Lesley was a delight to work with. She gently asked questions to tease out what I really wanted from the picture and I couldn’t be happier with the results. This is autumn and burnt, golden sunlight in a frame. This riot of colour is just joyous and I love it.

    Annmarie Whelan
    Annmarie Whelan
  • Lesley is such a talented and creative artist. What makes her stunning work even more interesting is her knowledge about the plants and flowers she paints. I love finding out the meanings and stories behind her pieces. So happy to have ‘Blue Mist’ hanging in my home, it brings a burst of springtime to the gloomiest of days. It's like having a beautiful bluebell wood of my own....

    Emma Curran 
    Emma Curran 
  • I was always an admirer of Lesley’s brilliant work so for our 10th wedding anniversary, I commissioned her to produce a bespoke piece to surprise my wife. The result was incredible and my wife was overwhelmed with it. It now takes pride of place on the wall of our dining room and is always commented upon when we have guests. I cannot recommend Lesley enough, not only is she a first class artist but she is a lovely lady too.

     Dean Walton
    Dean Walton
  • I've been lucky to have worked with Lesley Whelan, who took our deep discussion and created an amazing piece of art aptly called ‘Love Conquers All’ for my lounge. The final touch to my place of love, comfort and sanctuary. I cannot recommend Lesley enough if you're looking for a bespoke, personal, meaningful unique piece of beautiful art.

    Rachel Wade
    Rachel Wade
  • Woo hoo - I'm the very proud owner of this picture. It looks gorgeous hanging on my wall - thank you once again Lesley Whelan

    Debbie Mason
    Debbie Mason
  •   Lesley personalised a finished picture by enhancing the colours I am drawn to most. It hangs on our staircase and has been admired by family and friends. I absolutely love it!

    Stephanie Dale
    Stephanie Dale
  • Just got home and I can't believe how beautiful the pictures are. We are both so grateful and my wife was honestly breath-taken when she saw them. Thank you for the superb work.

    Pritpal Chahal
    Pritpal Chahal
  • Few years ago I volunteered at the Herbert art Gallery in Coventry and often supervised gallery exhibitions. I was in awe of a piece of work on display during one of the Coventry Open Exhibitions and this turned out to be a painting by Lesley Whelan. I passed on my compliments to her and went on to actually purchase the said piece. It is still on display in my home and is a treasured possession. Lesley is a very talented artist.

    Jean Brady
    Jean Brady
  •   This piece of work encapsulates the story we wanted to tell. Lesley really listened to what we were looking to achieve. She came up with some fabulous ideas creating a piece that is a fitting tribute to our family, past and present. Her attention to detail when choosing colours that matched our flooring was second to none. It is a much-loved piece and he's always favourably received. We would highly recommend working with Lesley. A warm, genuine artist.

    Karen and Pete Sutton
    Karen and Pete Sutton
  • We own a piece of artwork by Lesley and it’s beautiful! It's delightfully unusual and hangs in a prominent position in our kitchen where we see it every day. The colours are amazing and they seem to change as the light changes. Lots of people comment and admire it when they see it.

    Pete and Joyce White
    Pete and Joyce White
  • It is not until you have one of Lesley’s pictures that you realise the power of art to uplift a wall, a space and a mood. This picture does all of that. It is like a friend you know is there, who gives you a cheery word when needed. In my discussions with Lesley, I asked for something which signified new beginnings. Her work around nature lends itself to a picture which signifies spring and new, glorious youthful possibilities. This picture really does have the wow factor in every way!

    Catherine Purcell
    Catherine Purcell
  • We worked with Lesley a few years ago as part of the Queensway Court Independent Living Programme. She was the artist selected to provide artwork for the public areas. It was a pleasure to work with Lesley; she was hardworking, very professional and the artwork produced was exceptional. A positive experience all round.

    Martin Gallagher
    Martin Gallagher MD, Deeleys 
  • Thank you so much Lesley!! Your painting is now up in the living room taking pride of place.... It's so nice I've spent the whole of Easter redecorating the house just so it had somewhere neat and clean to hang. Thank you once again, I feel very honoured to have an original Whelan hanging in my house Love & best wishes to you all

    Mark Worth
    Mark Worth
  • I have known this lady for over 30 years and have always admired her artistic work. I have one of Lesley’s paintings and it is very special to me as she finished the painting on my late husband's birthday. Good luck Lesley in all that you do. You are an absolute star and a great artist.

    Yvette Shiers 
    Yvette Shiers 
  • Renovation of our Tucson ranch-style home has been ongoing. When we began to think about bringing the renovations to life, Lesley was an enormous support. She captured the colours of the desert that nobody sees; the pinks and purples of winter cacti. These are the colours that fill our garden and now bring joy to our new bedroom. Lesley worked hand in hand with us to create a beautiful image that fills us with joy every time we look at it. Thank you so much, Lesley

    Jo Cheadle
    Jo Cheadle
  • When I asked Lesley to commission a painting for me I didn't imagine it would be so amazing! I wanted it as a special present for my husband and said he loved the Lake District and autumn. Not much to go on but Lesley captured my thoughts entirely and made them her artistic own. The result was a stunning array of golds andrReds reflecting the grasses of Cumbria. He loved it and it still hangs on our wall six years late as you can see. We love it!

    Wendy Petitdemange
    Wendy Petitdemange
  • We bought our first picture by Lesley from an exhibition. Recent changes to our home encouraged us to consider some new pieces. We met in her studio and talked over a coffee. ‘Why not commission me?’ she asked, ‘We've never done that before’ we replied. She made it so easy! The conversation led to a specification of subject, content, colours, size, frame, time scale and price. Emails came regularly with progress in photos at all stages. What a result! Our own creation just right for the location care of one truly creative, caring artist.

    Martin Anne Katie Turville
  • I can't believe how beautiful the pictures are. We are both so grateful and my wife was honestly breath-taken when she saw them. Thank you for the superb work!

    Parminder Chahal
    Parminder Chahal
  • My wife and I own several examples of Lesley's work and we love them all. There is always something new to see in each picture and they cover an amazing range of subjects. Lesley's use of colour is inspired and her work unique. On top of that it is always a joy to meet her when we collect our purchases.

    James Lawler
  • The colours just lift off the wall and create a warmth in the room even in the darkest of months. Lesley creates such depth in each piece. Super.

    Lynton Buxton
  • Lesley has been commissioned by hospices, nursing homes and hospitals to bring colour and vibrancy to their surroundings for the benefit of those in their care. It has been established that healing environments, which include artwork depicting nature, make a considerable contribution to wellbeing. It was our pleasure to work with Lesley as part of the award-winning ‘Enhancing the Healing Environment’ project at Saint Joseph's Hospice in London Marina Phillips

    Marina Phillips
    Marina Phillips
  • Wow! Leslie, I love my artwork. I love the colours. Thank you for the prompt delivery.

    Tracy Russell-Brookes
  • Hello Lesley. The picture came today and it was well and truly wrapped up, so thanks for taking so much care and effort in getting it to me in one piece. I absolutely love it! It looks great. I’ve put it up on my wall and I'm already enjoying it, which is what it's all about. Thank you so much and keep up the great work. I will enjoy it for many years to come.

    Frankie Bowen
  • I am lucky enough to own a few of Lesley’s pieces but this is my favourite. Bright and stunning, it bring personality and dimension to any room. A very strong statement and I love it.

    Neil Askew
    Neil Askew
  • When we decorated our lounge, we wanted to commission a bespoke piece which would match the colour scheme and focus in on our wedding flowers.  We are absolutely delighted with the end product  and I still smile when it catches my eyes. The most daunting process of  commissioning is probably the investment and not knowing what it will look like at the end. We found the value very acceptable and being involved throughout the process meant that there were no “bad surprises” at the end. We would highly recommend Lesley, she was very approachable and extremely easy to work with. A delight! If we had more walls, she would be our number one choice!

    Fanny and Rob Anderson
    Fanny and Rob Anderson
  • Lesley has painted 3 works for us and they all hang in our home in East Hampton, New York in the US. The largest work is a huge piece called Sea Drift; it was based on the Atlantic coastline you find here in The Hamptons. It’s a constant reminder of the natural beauty of this area and is especially poignant as it’s the body of water separating us from our roots in the UK. The lines in it create a sense of tranquillity and seem to transport us between the two places. We love it!

    Larry Siedlick
    Larry Siedlick

Testimonials

  • I had seen some of Lesley's beautiful artwork at a friend’s house and visited her studio hoping to find something suitable. Lesley asked me about my tastes and suggested a commission. I had never done anything like that before but she made it so easy. She asked lots of questions about me and my life and listened very carefully. She created ‘Mon Coin du Monde’ which is so beautiful and encapsulates my life perfectly; it's better than anything I could have dreamed of.  Apart from the original meeting, all was done via the internet because I live in France. I thoroughly recommend this talented and intelligent artist: you will never regret on embarking on a creation with her. Thank you so much.

    Caroline Haycox
    Caroline Haycox
  • Lesley worked with us at Askews Legal to produce 4 vibrant pieces for our newly refurbished boardroom. She listened carefully to our ideas and spent time planning, sketching and working up ideas, keeping us informed at each stage through emails and studio visits. It was intriguing to watch the creative process come into play. She wove aspects of the legal system, as well as aspects of Coventry, into the finished pieces and we were bowled over by the results. People always comment on the work and they are always interested in the stories behind them

    Teerath Gill
    Teerath Gill Askews Legal, Solicitor
  • Lesley’s work is unique and I’m fascinated by the process she uses to create these pieces. When’ Midsummer Dream’ became available, I was immediately drawn by the vibrant colours and beautiful form of the plant shapes. Lesley gave us the opportunity to purchase and helped us to choose a frame. My husband and I are thrilled to own one of Lesley’s beautiful, original artworks and it has received many admiring comments from guests to our home. -

    Elizabeth Smith
    Elizabeth Smith
  • Lesley combines her passion for the subject with her talent in visual art to provide a glorious perspective of nature's beauty and diversity

    James Gilbourne
    James Gilbourne
  • Lesley was a delight to work with. She gently asked questions to tease out what I really wanted from the picture and I couldn’t be happier with the results. This is autumn and burnt, golden sunlight in a frame. This riot of colour is just joyous and I love it.

    Annmarie Whelan
    Annmarie Whelan
  • Lesley is such a talented and creative artist. What makes her stunning work even more interesting is her knowledge about the plants and flowers she paints. I love finding out the meanings and stories behind her pieces. So happy to have ‘Blue Mist’ hanging in my home, it brings a burst of springtime to the gloomiest of days. It's like having a beautiful bluebell wood of my own....

    Emma Curran 
    Emma Curran 
  • I was always an admirer of Lesley’s brilliant work so for our 10th wedding anniversary, I commissioned her to produce a bespoke piece to surprise my wife. The result was incredible and my wife was overwhelmed with it. It now takes pride of place on the wall of our dining room and is always commented upon when we have guests. I cannot recommend Lesley enough, not only is she a first class artist but she is a lovely lady too.

     Dean Walton
    Dean Walton
  • I've been lucky to have worked with Lesley Whelan, who took our deep discussion and created an amazing piece of art aptly called ‘Love Conquers All’ for my lounge. The final touch to my place of love, comfort and sanctuary. I cannot recommend Lesley enough if you're looking for a bespoke, personal, meaningful unique piece of beautiful art.

    Rachel Wade
    Rachel Wade
  • Woo hoo - I'm the very proud owner of this picture. It looks gorgeous hanging on my wall - thank you once again Lesley Whelan

    Debbie Mason
    Debbie Mason
  •   Lesley personalised a finished picture by enhancing the colours I am drawn to most. It hangs on our staircase and has been admired by family and friends. I absolutely love it!

    Stephanie Dale
    Stephanie Dale
  • Just got home and I can't believe how beautiful the pictures are. We are both so grateful and my wife was honestly breath-taken when she saw them. Thank you for the superb work.

    Pritpal Chahal
    Pritpal Chahal
  • Few years ago I volunteered at the Herbert art Gallery in Coventry and often supervised gallery exhibitions. I was in awe of a piece of work on display during one of the Coventry Open Exhibitions and this turned out to be a painting by Lesley Whelan. I passed on my compliments to her and went on to actually purchase the said piece. It is still on display in my home and is a treasured possession. Lesley is a very talented artist.

    Jean Brady
    Jean Brady
  •   This piece of work encapsulates the story we wanted to tell. Lesley really listened to what we were looking to achieve. She came up with some fabulous ideas creating a piece that is a fitting tribute to our family, past and present. Her attention to detail when choosing colours that matched our flooring was second to none. It is a much-loved piece and he's always favourably received. We would highly recommend working with Lesley. A warm, genuine artist.

    Karen and Pete Sutton
    Karen and Pete Sutton
  • We own a piece of artwork by Lesley and it’s beautiful! It's delightfully unusual and hangs in a prominent position in our kitchen where we see it every day. The colours are amazing and they seem to change as the light changes. Lots of people comment and admire it when they see it.

    Pete and Joyce White
    Pete and Joyce White
  • It is not until you have one of Lesley’s pictures that you realise the power of art to uplift a wall, a space and a mood. This picture does all of that. It is like a friend you know is there, who gives you a cheery word when needed. In my discussions with Lesley, I asked for something which signified new beginnings. Her work around nature lends itself to a picture which signifies spring and new, glorious youthful possibilities. This picture really does have the wow factor in every way!

    Catherine Purcell
    Catherine Purcell
  • We worked with Lesley a few years ago as part of the Queensway Court Independent Living Programme. She was the artist selected to provide artwork for the public areas. It was a pleasure to work with Lesley; she was hardworking, very professional and the artwork produced was exceptional. A positive experience all round.

    Martin Gallagher
    Martin Gallagher MD, Deeleys 
  • Thank you so much Lesley!! Your painting is now up in the living room taking pride of place.... It's so nice I've spent the whole of Easter redecorating the house just so it had somewhere neat and clean to hang. Thank you once again, I feel very honoured to have an original Whelan hanging in my house Love & best wishes to you all

    Mark Worth
    Mark Worth
  • I have known this lady for over 30 years and have always admired her artistic work. I have one of Lesley’s paintings and it is very special to me as she finished the painting on my late husband's birthday. Good luck Lesley in all that you do. You are an absolute star and a great artist.

    Yvette Shiers 
    Yvette Shiers 
  • Renovation of our Tucson ranch-style home has been ongoing. When we began to think about bringing the renovations to life, Lesley was an enormous support. She captured the colours of the desert that nobody sees; the pinks and purples of winter cacti. These are the colours that fill our garden and now bring joy to our new bedroom. Lesley worked hand in hand with us to create a beautiful image that fills us with joy every time we look at it. Thank you so much, Lesley

    Jo Cheadle
    Jo Cheadle
  • When I asked Lesley to commission a painting for me I didn't imagine it would be so amazing! I wanted it as a special present for my husband and said he loved the Lake District and autumn. Not much to go on but Lesley captured my thoughts entirely and made them her artistic own. The result was a stunning array of golds andrReds reflecting the grasses of Cumbria. He loved it and it still hangs on our wall six years late as you can see. We love it!

    Wendy Petitdemange
    Wendy Petitdemange
  • We bought our first picture by Lesley from an exhibition. Recent changes to our home encouraged us to consider some new pieces. We met in her studio and talked over a coffee. ‘Why not commission me?’ she asked, ‘We've never done that before’ we replied. She made it so easy! The conversation led to a specification of subject, content, colours, size, frame, time scale and price. Emails came regularly with progress in photos at all stages. What a result! Our own creation just right for the location care of one truly creative, caring artist.

    Martin Anne Katie Turville
  • I can't believe how beautiful the pictures are. We are both so grateful and my wife was honestly breath-taken when she saw them. Thank you for the superb work!

    Parminder Chahal
    Parminder Chahal
  • My wife and I own several examples of Lesley's work and we love them all. There is always something new to see in each picture and they cover an amazing range of subjects. Lesley's use of colour is inspired and her work unique. On top of that it is always a joy to meet her when we collect our purchases.

    James Lawler
  • The colours just lift off the wall and create a warmth in the room even in the darkest of months. Lesley creates such depth in each piece. Super.

    Lynton Buxton
  • Lesley has been commissioned by hospices, nursing homes and hospitals to bring colour and vibrancy to their surroundings for the benefit of those in their care. It has been established that healing environments, which include artwork depicting nature, make a considerable contribution to wellbeing. It was our pleasure to work with Lesley as part of the award-winning ‘Enhancing the Healing Environment’ project at Saint Joseph's Hospice in London Marina Phillips

    Marina Phillips
    Marina Phillips
  • Wow! Leslie, I love my artwork. I love the colours. Thank you for the prompt delivery.

    Tracy Russell-Brookes
  • Hello Lesley. The picture came today and it was well and truly wrapped up, so thanks for taking so much care and effort in getting it to me in one piece. I absolutely love it! It looks great. I’ve put it up on my wall and I'm already enjoying it, which is what it's all about. Thank you so much and keep up the great work. I will enjoy it for many years to come.

    Frankie Bowen
  • I am lucky enough to own a few of Lesley’s pieces but this is my favourite. Bright and stunning, it bring personality and dimension to any room. A very strong statement and I love it.

    Neil Askew
    Neil Askew
  • When we decorated our lounge, we wanted to commission a bespoke piece which would match the colour scheme and focus in on our wedding flowers.  We are absolutely delighted with the end product  and I still smile when it catches my eyes. The most daunting process of  commissioning is probably the investment and not knowing what it will look like at the end. We found the value very acceptable and being involved throughout the process meant that there were no “bad surprises” at the end. We would highly recommend Lesley, she was very approachable and extremely easy to work with. A delight! If we had more walls, she would be our number one choice!

    Fanny and Rob Anderson
    Fanny and Rob Anderson
  • Lesley has painted 3 works for us and they all hang in our home in East Hampton, New York in the US. The largest work is a huge piece called Sea Drift; it was based on the Atlantic coastline you find here in The Hamptons. It’s a constant reminder of the natural beauty of this area and is especially poignant as it’s the body of water separating us from our roots in the UK. The lines in it create a sense of tranquillity and seem to transport us between the two places. We love it!

    Larry Siedlick
    Larry Siedlick
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