image: "Holy Canola" by Lee Jamieson
Rumson, NJ –St. George’s by-the-River, Rumson, will again be the historical setting for the Canterbury Art Show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday - September 4, 5, & 6, 2015, Labor Day Weekend. The premier art show has increased artist participation each year in the juried and non-juried parts of the show. The fourth annual show has over ninety artists, with an interesting representation by first-time participants. One of the new participating artists for 2015 is Lee Jamieson of Spring Lake who began her art studies at the Art Students League while living and working in New York City. Watercolors were her medium of choice and under the tutelage of Mario Cooper, a watercolorist with a world-wide reputation, Lee was captivated with the medium that ‘thrills you one moment and defies you the next’. After moving to the Jersey Shore in the late 80’s, she continued watercolor classes with local artists, including the late Pat Lafferty of Rumson.
During this time Lee was invited, with Pat and other area artists, to join a small design group specializing in textile floral designs for home furnishings. This demanding discipline entailed collaborative efforts with other artists and helped Lee to transfer that sense of order to Botanical painting. Lee’s natural instinct for detail led her to a style that combined ‘scientific accuracy’ with some ‘artistic license’. “Unless you study the intricacy of how a leaf turns or how a petal unfolds, you miss the little surprises that bring joy and delight. This is what I try to show with my paintings – things you would not see as a casual observer of flowers or plants.” Lee began showing her paintings at the Evergreen Gallery in Spring Lake in 1992 and had a solo exhibition in August 2001.
A new phase emerged when Lee became interested in oil painting and portraiture. Her new mentor was the late Rosemary Taylor in Bay Head, NJ. This medium opened avenues to her quest for a totally different approach to her art. When the newly formed ‘Plein Air Painters of the New Jersey Coast” were painting on location in Spring Lake in 2004, Lee spied the outdoor set-ups, the aproned artists at work, and knew that very moment – “this is for me”. Her excitement cooled only slightly when her first outing with the group took them to Allaire State Park in the dead of winter. “My first scene was a disaster, the oil paint was really firm and I was really cold. In fact, my shaking hands could barely hold the brush. The pay-off was the critique we had following each session and the generous praise from fellow painters that had me coming back for more.”
In addition to landscapes, Lee’s interest in portrait painting resurfaced following a new found fascination of John Singer Sargeant’s salon paintings. This led Lee to study with local artist and teacher Scott Nickerson of Shrewsbury. In addition to painting many family members and friends, several commissions produced successful full-length portraits.
Never one to ‘fall in a rut’, Lee became fascinated with pastels just a few years ago when she was invited to join a Pastel Salon led by local accomplished pastelists who met monthly to share information and offer critiques of works in progress. This exciting and fast-growing medium held great appeal for Lee, meaning that new supplies of endless boxes of pastels and paper began arriving at her door to compete for space in her already crowded home studio. This new endeavor produced another mentor, Julie Friedman of Morristown, NJ, whose workshops have captured and fed her passion for painting.
“I don’t know where this will lead me but the words of fellow-artist ‘I don’t want to die with a thousand paintings under my bed”. My husband has already downgraded my kitchen to a Two-Star so I’ll just keep doing what I love. While I began painting later in life, it was not with the idea that it would be a hobby. I was determined to make it my life’s work.”
Lee has been an Exhibiting Member of the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury since 2006 and is represented by Frederick Gallery in Spring Lake, Shore Moments Gallery in Manasquan and Windsor Gallery in Colts Neck. She is also a member of the Belmar Arts Council.
When you can come to the exhibition and sale at the Canterbury Art Show you will enjoy, with other art patrons, several pieces of Lee Jamieson’s artwork. For more information on the art show visit www.canterburyartshow.com.