Artist Anna Lee Steed

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Whether painting landscape, still life or abstracts, color is the main focus of my work.  I have always found my strongest inspirations in nature and can often be found painting in dramatically beautiful  locations such as Point Lobos State Park, near Carmel on the California coast or high up in the Colorado Rocky Mountains!   I admire the work of the early California Impressionist Painters such as Guy Rose, Edgar Payne and Franz Bischoff who painted at the turn of the last century.  My art education included plein air workshops with landscape painters Brian Blood, Laurie Kersey, Camille Przewodek and others.  I read books on color and began doing small, experimental abstract pieces, to learn what color could do.  In 2004,  I met a kindred spirit  and art mentor in Michael Linstrom, Interpretive Colorist.  Studying privately with Michael for several years gave me a sound foundation in art principles and continued my development as a colorist.” 
I began showing my landscape paintings in 2002 and soon after became a member of Gallery Saratoga where I exhibited for a period of five years.   Since then, I have exhibited my work at The Sunnyvale Art Gallery, The Los Gatos Museums Gallery,  Gallery Christine (Pacific Grove), and the Salinas Valley Art Gallery, all California galleries. In 2006, I exhibited a collection of my paintings in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  In 2009, I showed 29 still life and landscape paintings at the Sunnyvale Art Gallery in a joint exhibit with my mentor, Michael Linstrom.   2011 was a milestone in my career when I debuted a series of thirty mixed media abstract paintings in a solo show at the Sunnyvale Art Gallery.  This truly original body of work featured free form line on a black ground integrated with uniquely beautiful color schemes.  Most of these pieces feature the rough texture of oil [...]

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