Lesley Anne's early work included submitting card designs to Oxfam until she received her first acceptance, a snow scene with skaters.
A prize entry in a national newspaper competition attracted the attention of other card manufacturers, and Lesley Anne Ivory had the idea of
recreating a photographic resemblance of Muppet our Persian cat on a Persian carpet.
Lesley Anne has also exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy. Her meticulous attention to detail is legendary; she spends many hours researching for her pictures, including countless hours in the British Museum or the Victoria and Albert Museum, researching patterns and fabrics. Nowadays the internet provides a wonderful tool for browsing backgrounds from across the globe, but her garden and home still provide many resources for hidden treasures and local flora and fauna.
Lesley Anne has exhibited her work regularly in London and in New York and 2015 will see the return of her work to London at the Chris Beetles gallery with more than 100 new pictures.
Lesley Anne is one of the most prolific and prestigious painters of cats in the world today. There are nearly 700 pictures in the Ivory Cats portfolio and many more to come.