|Lee Russell - Artist|
Lee is a past President of the Taranaki Society of Arts. She paints in oils, with brush
and palette knife. Her original technique and style have developed through experimentation and extensive participation in
many workshops and classes, spanning a period of over thirty years. Painting has become her life following a brush with breast
cancer in 1998.
Personal statement: "As a cancer survivor, I feel privileged to have discovered through the gift of painting, an enormous
loving, creative and healing energy that has enabled me to impart to others the emotions of childlike wonder in the colours, light,
beauty and pain of life all around us."
Her paintings of landscapes, children and other subjects have hints of three dimensional qualities, and being romantic and slightly
surrealistic in style, attempt to capture differing moods, using the daily and seasonal variations in light source to energise
the visual experience.
She held her first exhibition in Hamilton in 1999, and recent recognition of her work has come in the form of:
2nd Prize - Modern/Contemporary Section, Franklin Arts Festival 2004
Highly Commended - "The Flower Show" exhibition, Percy Thompson Gallery, Stratford 2004
2nd Place Award, opaque category, Taranaki Miniature Painting Awards 2005
Selected to participate in the Florence Biennale 2005
Her works have been well received by Taranaki and visiting art collectors and her works are in private collections
around New Zealand and overseas.