Wychwood Wild Garden photo by Rachel Warne for Country Living

Katie Lenegan (b.1978, Oldham) is an artist based in the Cotswolds. She studied at the Manchester School of Art, MMU and graduated with a B.A.Hons Degree in Fine Art and later a PGCE in Further Education. She has ten years experience of working in Art Education, teaching the BTEC National Diploma in Fine Art at The Manchester College. She is a member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, and continues to exhibit with them on a regular basis. Her work is in both private and corporate collections.

Light and nature are a main theme and fascination for her work.She draws inspiration from the natural environment and the seasonal shifts. The Garden has become an important feature of her work and the cycles of regeneration and decay inspire her painting. She works from observation combined with painting intuitively to capture the glimpse of something and fleeting light. Abstraction is brought into the painting to convey a sense of a place and time. The translucent qualities of watercolour aid the capture of an ephemeral subject matter on linen and paper.


The Wild Garden Series 

This body of work is based on the Wychwood Wild Gardens and focuses on the pond; it gives light to the wood and the illuminating reflections display patterns, rhythms, and sounds that are drawn through the water. To capture this state of perpetual change, she uses a combination of media. Fleeting glimpses of detail, tree branches distorted in the water and changes of light are all combined to capture a sense of time and place.

You can follow her progress on her Instagram page; @katieleneganstudio


Collaboration with Chalkspace studio


A collection of fabrics inspired by winding pathways, billowing trees and reflective pools of water. Painterly marks, subtle abstraction and soft graphic shapes are combined with a palette of rich and earthy colours to create an array of intricate patterns. Translated in print onto a natural linen union they make a beautiful addition to contemporary and traditionally styled interiors. Created with a shared love of nature by designer Claire Brooker and artist Katie Lenegan.


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Teaching summer painting workshops at Daylesford Farm to book tickets see the link below




The Meditation of Drawing, Manchester Cathedral, September 10th - 22nd October

Summer Exhibition, Dean Clough, Halifax, June 18th - 15th July 2023

RWA Bristol Art Gallery, Photo Open Exhibition, Jan 28th - 1st May 2023

Stockport Art Gallery, MAFA Exhibition, Oct 2nd - 18th Nov 2022

Spring Cheltenham, An Artist's Garden, 18th August - 10th Sept 2022 www.springcheltenham.com

Dean Clough, 30th October - 20th November 2021

Art of the Everyday, Gallery Oldham, May 18th - June 26th 2021

Stockport Art Gallery, MAFA Autumn exhibition, 21st Sept - 1st November 2019

Chalkspace, Artist Open House, Brighton May 4th - 26th 2019

'Across Borders', The Crossely Gallery, Dean Clough, Halifax, 21st July - 4th Sept 2018

'Reflection', Broadway Arts Festival, Little Buckland Gallery, 8 -17th June 2018

'Wild - Garden - Ritual', Artist Open Houses, Brighton Festival, Chalkspace, 5th- 27th May 2018

Small Works, MAFA exhibition, Portico Gallery,Manchester, 21st Oct - 18th Nov 2017

Wandering, Chapel Gallery, Omskirk, 16 Sept -11 November 2017

Stockport Art Gallery, Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, Spring Show February 2017

Portico Gallery, Manchester, Manchester Academy of Fine Art,  April 2017

Spring Show, Portico Gallery, Manchester, April 2015

MAFA annual show, Portico Gallery, Manchester 2013

‘Fragile State’, MAK exhibition, Kosovo, 2009

‘In Search of Meaning’, Drumcroon Art Educational Centre, Wigan, 2008

‘A Selective Eye’, Cooper Gallery Barnsley, 2006

Postcard exhibition for British Art Show 6, Cornerhouse, Manchester 2006, 

Oldham Art Gallery, Manchester Academy Members Show, 2005

MAFA, Bury Art Gallery, 2001 Award for Printmaking

MMU ‘This is what dreams and debts are made of’, Holden Gallery, 2000


Lime Arts, Hospital Artwork Commission 2011

Cultural Journeys and Global Threads – artwork for the Cultural Olympiad at Platt Hall and the Whitworth Art Gallery 2010

O2 Competition for Artwork 2010

BBC Ark Project 2008 

Mercedes Benz Press Launch 2008 Spinningfields, Manchester

Gorton Monastery 2007 exhibition

Victoria Baths Art Installation 2006

KPMG Artwork for offices in Manchester 2005

Cow Parade Manchester, 2004, raised £6,000 at auction

Painting Commissions for Astra Zeneca, Bruntwood, Marriot Hotels, Urban Splash 2002-2001