Lesley Soldat was born in Ottawa, Ontario to artist and avid art collector Zoe Wyndels-Touhey and NHL player and hotelier Bill Touhey. Growing up, Lesley was surrounded by her mother’s art collection; original works of Emily Carr, AY Jackson, David Milne, Arthur Lismer, and Carl Schaefer, to name but a few, provided a formative impact on her creative taste and approach to painting.
Educated in Ottawa by the nuns at Notre Dame Convent and St Joseph’s High School, Lesley’s strength was always art, and she continued to pursue her passion at university, earning an Arts Degree from Carleton in the 70s.
After graduating, Lesley moved to Toronto with her young daughter Samantha Johnson and revelled in the social and creative scene that was Toronto in the 1970s. From fashion modelling to playing bass in Toronto rock bands — all the while attending art classes at George Brown, Central Tech and Ontario College of Art — Lesley flourished as an artist. In the 1980s Lesley moved into an exciting career in the Record Industry and later in Radio Broadcasting; living the life, absorbing the culture, always expressing her emotions through her art.
Lesley has a large collection of paintings that cover a broad spectrum of subject matter from Manhattan cityscapes to Pop Art cows.
A common thread in all of her work is vibrant colour and clean design.
1829 Queen St. East, #414
Toronto, ON M4L 3X6