Lifelong dedication to art reaps reward
WHEN Lesley Gail was only four years old she knew she was going to be an artist.
Still learning to write her name, the Tweed woman picked up her Crayolas and sketched a perfectly proportioned chair.
Decades later and her artistic talent has finally been recognised through a digital photography competition held through Community Technology Centres.
Ms Gail beat 1600 other people to take out the top prize in the "Long Hot Summer" competition, winning a camera.
To win, Ms Gail stitched eight photographs together on the computer and manipulated them with various Photoshop techniques.
"I love photography because of its instant results and I would never go back to shooting film," she said.
Originally a painter, then a sculptor, film maker and glass blower, Ms Gail said photography was a natural extension to her artistic skills.
"After I drew the chair my mum said I would be an artist and eventually I went to art school and became an art teacher," she said.
Ms Gail said she loved digital photography so much though that she liked to pass down her knowledge of the medium to others through classes at Uki's CTC.