Lesley Hall-Wood is a self taught artist. Painting and drawing were indulgences to be fitted into rare moments, until taking early retirement. Moving from Hertfordshire to Cornwall resulted in marine based paintings, seascapes and collages from beachcombings. This was followed by a few years living in Somerset, where her work reflected the local landscape, flora and fauna of the Levels in highly detailed pen and ink drawings. The pen and ink work resulted in a commission from a Welsh writers’ group to illustrate two poetry books: ‘Memory Seeds’ by Jackie Williamson and ‘Fruit and Thorns’ by Alan Coy. This inspired Lesley to illustrate her own poems and stories for inclusion in various editions of ‘Shots’ magazine, which showcases the work of writers in Somerset. Recent work has also appeared in Lias Rhian, a village newspaper in Pembrokeshire. Now settled back in Cornwall, working mainly in monochrome, her output is prints and cards from recycled paper and her unique designs can also be seen in textiles.