The Healing Power of Art Program
Welcome to Lions Gate Hospital Foundation’s Healing Power of Art Program where flowers bloom, mountains rise and North Shore landmarks are reimagined through the eyes of local artists. Thanks to this art donation program, the therapeutic environment of the hospital and surrounding facilities have come alive for the benefit of patients, staff and visitors alike. Learn more here.
Artist: Lesley Hobbs
Title: Stairway To Heaven
Dimensions: 36" x 24"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Description: Art has always been my passion. I have, since I was a child, painted wherever I have lived. After leaving a teaching career in London UK, my husband and I moved to South Africa in 1967 where we produced sons, Russell and Jared, bought a hobby farm with donkeys ‘Noddy’ and ‘Mr Plod’ and I taught school in Johannesburg . A fun sun filled 13 years! Next came Canada where my husband and I were working ‘captives’ until the mid nineties. The year 1995 was a momentous one in our lives. With now University graduated ‘boys’, one in Australia and the other Asia, we read a book titled “Take your money and run”. An impulsive but mutual decision over a glass of wine in Nassau, Bahamas and a house in West Vancouver that was too large got us ‘taking our money and running’. Thus began the real beginning of my Art career. Initially backpacking through Asia and then on to our newly purchased home in Nassau, Bahamas where I first had my own studio. Later travels .... still painting, took us to Australia and Italy for a year and on to Sonoma California where we adapted our ‘ranch style’ home to include an expansive Art studio. My painting style has been strongly influenced by my years spent in the sunshine of the Caribbean with it’s intense light, it’s cerulean blue sea and it’s white sandy beaches. Flowers in magnificent colors - bougainvillea in full bloom, hibiscus from the palest hue to knockout reds and purples. Initially it was the laid back island way of life in the Bahamas which gave me the emotional freedom to use Art as a focus and passion in life. Now back in Ambleside, West Vancouver, BC, I paint and sell my Art work from my studio ‘raven galerie’. As well, I am active in the North Shore Art Crawl, the NSAG and ‘Art in the Garden’ Events. My paintings - watercolors, oils, acrylics and palette knife work are in homes in Australia, Italy, Mallorca, Germany, United Kingdom, Bahamas, USA California, Vancouver Island, Pender Island and Vancouver, BC.