Bio

June 2020

Born and raised in the land of Carnival, Stacey Leigh Ross is a UK-based Trinidadian artist and educator who uses art to create social change. Her work is distinctive for its bold colours and semi-abstract style. Stacey works at two levels – building confidence in individuals and nurturing creativity, compassion and inclusivity in communities.

Photo os Stacey with a faux mohawk, pink top and tribal styled jewellrey
Stacey Leigh Ross, MA

As a Life Story Artist, Stacey creates unique contemporary mixed media paintings and drawings that capture her clients’ personalities and special moments on canvas. Each bespoke commission acts as a mirror that reflects the recipient’s best self, using their own life experiences to remind them that they’re loved, and capable of doing amazing things. Stacey’s multi-layered approach allows her to effectively hide her clients’ diaries in plain sight. They’ll know what everything in the painting means but everyone else won’t. It’s the perfect gift for the person who has everything.

A former associate lecturer at the University of the Arts London, Stacey now offers workshops on developing artistic direction, inclusive art & design, and social change curation. Her commitment to helping creatives define and pursue their artistic and social purpose has led her to write a paper about her research into social change curation (to be published). She has also published articles about colourism and inclusive teaching practice.

In her UK hometown of Royston, she is most known for her creative community projects for children and young people like the Young Artists Awards and Schools Art Competition. Last year, she collaborated with historian Graham Palmer to produce a Life Story Art piece about Royston’s first recorded Black man – Roger Britten. This piece is currently in the Royston Museum.

Stacey has a BSc in Management Studies, an MA in Applied Imagination, and a PgCert in Academic Practice for Art, Design & Communications. Her art prints, originals and other merchandise are available here and on TeePublic. Etsy store coming soon! For more information about Stacey Leigh Ross, visit www.byleigh.com or find her on LinkedIn.