Leila Ward

Born near Brighton, England, from the ages of nine to eleven

Leila attended Brighton School of Art part-time, but she did not take up the offer of a full-time scholarship on leaving school. Instead she travelled and found Deia early in 1976. Later that year she spent three months in Peru and Ecuador, visiting villages each busy with their own crafts, whether carving gourds, making claybeads or weaving. Her creative spark was re-kindled in the form of vivid detailed dreams and on returning to Deya she joined drawing classes at George Sheridans and under tutelage with Bob Bradbury added colours to the drawings. When Bob encouraged her to draw from nature, her life as an artist had begun. Leila is still painting in Deya in her studio in the Norman Yanikun Museum.