1941 - ?

As Gilia Leather she was born at Henley, Oxfordshire in 1941, daughter of John William Leather (11 July 1905-1972), an advertising sales representative, and his wife Hilary J. née Say (born 10 October 1914), who married at Henley in 1938 and in 1939 were living at 31 Churchview Court, Churchview Road, Twickenham, Middlesex. Gilia was educated at St Helens, Abingdon, Oxfordshire and thereafter at the Oxford School of Art. She married at Abingdon in 1964, James M. McMenemy, an advertising executive, and are the parents of London-based children’s author and book illustrator Sarah McMenemy (born 1965). She married secondly at Islington in 1974, Charles R. Raw and following a period of dealing in rare and antiquarian books, Gilia resumed her painting career in 1991. She married thirdly at Westminster, London in 1996, Gabriel Florentin-Lee and now paints under the name of Gilia Florentin-Lee. She works mainly in oils and her paintings explore and express the shade, mood and atmosphere of the East Anglian countryside and has exhibited in Norfolk, Suffolk and Hampshire. She lived and worked from New House Old Rectory Grounds, The Street, Falkenham, near Ipswich from where she shows regularly at Art on the Prom, Felixstowe, Suffolk but now works from Wenhaston Lodge, Narrow Way, Halesworth, Suffolk.

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