Artist Lee Gordon Seebach

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For many years, I painted exclusively from life.  This was wonderful, but I need something more to satisfy my artistic needs.  At this point in my evolution as a painter, I'm spending most of my time in my studio working on large canvases (30"x36") and full sheet watercolors (22"x30").  These take planning and a great deal of thought to pull off successfully, but I feel this is the ultimate destination for a painter.


Lee Gordon Seebach was born in Waterloo, Iowa, in 1950.  He grew up on his family's farm near Dysart, Iowa.  He  is a 1972 graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago where he studied oil and watercolor painting under Joseph Vanden Broucke (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium) and Irving Shapiro, AWS, respectively.  His studio is located near Artesia, New Mexico.
"For many years, I painted almost exclusively from life.  At this point in my evolution as a painter, I'm spending most of my time in my studio working on large canvases (30"x36") and full sheet watercolors (22"x30").  This allows me to put much more planning and thought into each piece than when working from life.  As wonderful as it is to paint directly from a subject, I'm taking my creativity to the next level by working from a combination of sketches, studies, memory, imagination, and reference photographs in varying degrees and ways."
American Academy of Art, 1968-1972, with Irving Shapiro, AWS; Douglas R. Graves; Joseph Vanden Broucke; Bill L. Parks; Alberto de Lama
Associates in Art, Sherman Oaks, California, life drawing, "en plein air" oil painting, master class in oil portraiture
Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, oil portraiture
Businessmen's Art Institute, Los Angeles, oil portraiture
1986, Lee Gordon Seebach, Learning From The Pros - The Colorist Approach to Oil Painting, Watson-Guptill, 6 pages (color)
1986, Elizabeth Leonard, Painting the Landscape - Watson-Guptill, 4 pages (color)
1992, Ron Ranson, Modern Oil Impressionists - David and Charles, 6 pages (color)
2014, K. Coralee Burch, Ph.D., International Watercolor Artists - Ponte Vecchio Press, 2 pages (color)
Magazine, Newspaper, and Blog References: 
1983, American Artist magazine, "The Colorist Approach to Oil Painting, by Lee Gordon Seebach
1985, Draw It! Paint it! magazine, Eaglemoss Press, United Kingdom and Brazil
1990, Art-Talk magazine, "Artists Worth Watching," October
1992, Art of the West magazine, "Contemplative Subjects, Passionate [...]

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