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Artist Lee McVey


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"Lee's paintings are beautiful. She finds interesting and compelling vantage points where most would not. The sensitivity of her palette and strokes are appealing to me." S.S. oil painter



Biography


 
Using pastels or oils, Lee McVey creates landscapes people feel they can walk right into. Her love of nature began when she was a young girl walking in the woods with her grandparents. Those experiences have inspired Lee to focus on studio and plein air landscape painting.
Lee often paints in a 6 x 8 to 12 x 16" format in order to engage the viewer in a more intimate relationship than large paintings might give. In order to appreciate small paintings fully, the viewer must come closer to the painting to appreciate its nuances. Of course, the painting must read well from afar in its composition and value structure, but the viewer experiences the landscape scene more fully by coming up close to the painting. Since many of Lee's paintings are done en plein aire, a small format is more conducive to the constraints of the location and changing light. Larger oil paintings are created in Lee's oil studio.
Lee has been featured in Southwest Art as an Artist of Note in the October 2019 issue, named an Artist to Watch in the September 2016 issue of Southwest Art magazine and she was named an Albuquerque Local Treasure, also in 2016. She has achieved Master Circle status with International Association of Pastel Societies. Lee is a Distinguished Pastelist in Pastel Society of New Mexico and a Master Signature member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico. She is a Signature member of Pastel Society of America, Plein Air Artists of Colorado, and Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. She was included in the August 2018 issue of Southwest Art magazine in the article New Mexico Magic: 6 Artists Paint the Land of Enchantment. Her pastels have been featured in full-length articles in the magazines Pastel Journal, American Artist, and International Artist. Lee's [...]

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