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Lee Mims was raised on a farm in Raleigh, North Carolina, and received her Masters Degree in Geology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Some might ask how she happened to become an artist after being trained as a scientist. Her childhood on a farm created in her a lifelong love of animals and the great outdoors and a desire to recreate the beauty that she saw around her.
Later, being a field geologist not only deepened her appreciation of the natural world but, by studying the elements, the chemistry involved in geology, Lee gained a deeper understanding of pigments and how to mix them and use them to achieve the effects she constantly strive for today, an approximation of life.
Like many self-taught artists, Lee started painting as a diversion from her career which changed after her children were born, from a geologist to horse trainer. Soon requests from friends for portraits of their children, horses and various pets led her to start a small studio. That was twenty-five years and many portraits ago. Her clientele includes doctors, judges, educators, businessmen and women, a United States Senator and lots of children.
Around her twelfth year of painting primarily horses and portraits, Lee felt the need to expand her painting to include other subjects and started painting wildlife and landscapes. She studied for many years under the watchful eye of longtime Raleigh artist, illustrator and author of several art books, Bill Tilton. And, because all artists need to paint outdoors in the embrace of nature as much as possible, Lee studied plein-air painting with master artists, John Seerey-Lester of Osprey, Florida and Heiner Hurtling of Milford, Michigan. Over the years Lee has exhibited in wildlife and fine art shows across the USA, some of which are listed: The East Carolina Wildlife Art Festival, NC The Clearwater Fine Arts Festival, FL The Federal Duck Stamp Contest, VA Seaside Art Gallery International Miniature Art Show, NC North Carolina Wildlife Art Show, NC The Wetlands Institute Wings â€˜N Water Fine Arts Festival, NJ The National Aviary Wings & Wildlife Art Show, PA North Carolina State Fair, NC Ms. Mims has also exhibited her work in solo exhibits in galleries as well as The North Carolina Estuarium and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science. Lee Mims Oil Portrait Studio I paint exclusively in oil on canvas, linen or treated panels and use only the finest quality oils with the highest amount of pigment available on the market today to create a work that I feel will endure for generations to come.
Lee Mims’ Artwork
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Afternoon Preen$595.00 Add to cart
At the End of the Jetty$545.00 Add to cart
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Edge of the Garden$650.00 Add to cart
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