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Nature Inspired // Lee West // Paintings On Paper And Canvas in Fratelli's Cafe Gallery

About The Show:  

"My inspirations come from the many shapes and subjects that Nature manifests. This show depicts my perceptions of various aspects of the Four Seasons. Imagination combined with creative thought evolved into my finished work."

"Sunset At The Lake"

MBG Artist Interview:

MBG: I have a feeling you have been painting for a long time! How many years have you been painting and did you work in any other medium before paint? 

Lee West: I have been interested in art most of my life. I attended the University of Memphis and the Memphis College of Art. In fact, one of my first courses in drawing was with Burton Callicutt. After school, I got married and had two children which delayed my painting for a little while. I soon got back into it and have been seriously painting for forty years. I have used several different kinds of paint. I started with oil and then went to watercolor for the majority of my career. I went through a phase of collages and then returned to watercolor, acrylic and mixed media. I have experimented with other mediums. For instance, I took a course at San Miguel de allende, Mexico in print making. 

MBG: Do you paint from observation, a photograph or from your imagination? If you paint from your imagination, what inspires a painting? A memory, a story, a mood, or what?

Lee West: All of the above. I often see things that spark my interest and give me an idea to come up with a painting.  Also, I carry my camera with me everywhere and many of my photographs are the basis of a painting. Life experiences are another inspiration for my paintings. These experiences affect my mood which is reflected in my work. 

MBG: Lastly, I find it thrilling that you have seen art come and go at the Memphis Botanic Garden for many years, as you have been an active gallery participant at MBG for many years. Can you tell us what you love about the gallery spaces at the botanic garden? Why do you think art is an important part of the botanic garden?

Lee West: I have had several shows at MBG and participated in many group exhibits. “Incognito” is an MBG fund raiser, and I always donate a painting for that event. The gallery spaces are well lit and paintings are displayed so that many people are exposed to art who may not normally visit galleries. MBG is a great venue for artists to display their work and help MBG at the same time through the gallery's commission.

"After The Storm"

About The Artist:

Lee West, a native of Memphis TN, initially gained recognition for her work in oils but has since excelled in watercolors, acrylics and mixed media.  She attended the University of Memphis,   Memphis College of Art and has had private instruction and seminars under many fine, well known artists.  Lee has won many awards and appeared in numerous local, regional and national juried exhibitions.  She has had 12 one or two person shows and has exhibited in museums and galleries around the Mid-South.  Her work is represented in private and corporate collections throughout the United States.  Currently, Lee is active in the Memphis Germantown Art league, Artist’s Link and the Tennessee Watercolor Society.

"Winter View"

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