"I see waking visions"
"My pictures come from a place where there are no words. There are sounds, sighs maybe, and whispers. There is the movement of air on my skin and a door opens letting me see the light just for a moment. I feel I am swimming and turn over and over slowly in the water. It is wonderful."
"I am so busy now that often these visions won't come to me. I am tight, not fluid. But when I can stop moving and listen and am still, they wash over me. I want to be still always, so I can bathe in my waking dreams, but I can't. These paintings make me very happy."
Born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio to a bi-cultural - US and UK - artistic, literary family, Lesley Constable enjoyed a long tenure at The Ohio State University (OSU) earning her B.A. in arts Journalism, an M.A. in Art Criticism, held positions as art gallery curator, lecturer/associate professor teaching studio arts and arts-related courses at OSU, and taught art history at other universities. While in Columbus, she also had a lengthy, noteworthy career as art critic for "The Columbus Dispatch," and wrote for the "The New Art Examiner" and "Dialogue: an arts Journal."
An established visual artist, a painter, with frequent solo and group exhibitions, she is also a trained modern dancer. After moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the mid 1990s, she continued to write about art, to teach English and poetry and, there, rekindled her lifelong passion for writing poetry which has continued to the present. She has been published in a variety of prominent journals, featured on poetry websites and is founder of Open Borders Poetry, an international poetry collective and literacy small press.
A dual citizen - US and UK - by birth, she currently divides her time between the US, Mexico and the UK. She is a mother of four children and three grandchildren.