Monday, May 14, 2018

2018-19 Utah Museums Traveling Exhibit

Roland Lee watercolor "Coal Creek" will be part of the 2019 Utah travellng exhibit

I am grateful to Fletcher Booth of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums for selecting my watercolor painting "Coal Creek," a painting of Cedar Mountain, to be part of the 2018-2019 traveling exhibit which will display first at the Utah State Capitol and at then at schools throughout Utah during the coming year.

UWS Juror's Award 2018 Spring Juried exhibition

Roland Lee received award at 2018 Spring Open Juried exhibition of Utah Watercolor Society

It's always good to be accepted in a juried exhibition but it is especially nice to receive an award. I was notified I have received "Juror's Award" for my painting "Zion Narrows" at the 2018 Spring Utah Watercolor Society Show. Thanks to juror Jeannie McGuire for the consideration.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Connie Madsen and Maddie Morrill Art Show

I am so proud of my long-time student Connie Madsen who presented her first-ever watercolor show this past week. I was able to attend her show which was presented at her lovely home in Holladay Utah. She was joined by her talented granddaughter Maddie Morrill, a recent college art graduate who showed her intricate and detailed watercolor and acrylic paintings. Her sketchbook is a work of art i itself. Needless to say, my wife Nellie and I left with three of Connie's and three of Maddie's originals to add to our own collection.
Three watercolors by Connie Madsen added to my collection

Showing off the amazing sketchbook of artist Maddie Morrill

Monday, April 30, 2018

Plein Air Painters of Utah at Vermillion Cliffs and Marble Canyon Arizona

Roland Lee works on plein air painting at Vermillion Cliffs. Photo by Tom Howard

Getting a plein air painting started at Vermillion Cliffs

Finished plein air painting at Vermillion Cliffs

Painting by my trusty Six Pac camper
We had a fun week with the Plein Air Painters of Utah (PAPU) as we travelled to Vermillion Cliffs National Recreation area in Arizona. Russell Case showed us a few of his favorite painting spots including a tremendous view overlooking Marble Canyon.
I camped at Lee's Ferry for three nights in my Six Pac camper. this is my art assault vehicle.
These strange Toadstools or Hoodoos look like they will topple over any minute on my Six Pac camper

Finished plein air Painting 6 x 9 at Vermillion Cliffs AZ

I enjoyed painting and filling my sketchbook with on location drawings

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Join me at Plein Air Utah September 12-15

The Plein Air Artists of Utah have teamed up with the Midway Arts Association to present the second Plein Air Utah event September 12-15, 2018. Part rendezvous, part workshop, and plenty of fun, the event had 100 attendees last year. This years event is nearly sold out already so register now if you get a chance. the cost is $350 for all events.

The Midway Town Hall is the site of daily seminars and the art show at Plein Air Utah

Roland Lee painting at Plein Air Utah event in Midway UT

Roland Lee painting at Plein Air Utah 

Monday, April 16, 2018

April Watercolor Master Class

Front: Margo Cook, Jan Hansen, Shari Cannon, Susie Bytheway
Back: Mark Rose, Roland Lee

Wow! Another great Master Class with some special painters. Each worked on their own paintings while I coached them along. All the finished pieces are well-done and framable. I work with four or five experienced artists for two days each month in my studio and love it. Congratulations to all!

Monday, April 02, 2018

Utah Watercolor Society Spring Open Exhibit

I'm grateful to have two paintings juried into the 2018 Spring Open Exhibition of the Utah Watercolor Society. The exhibit will be at the Visual Arts Institute in Salt Lake City May 11 through June 16, 2018.
"Zion Narrows" 10 x 14 Watercolor

"Coal Creek" 18 x 24 Watercolor

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Invited to present at Maynard Dixon Campout and Symposium in August

Watercolorists Roland Lee and Jim Asher on the Maynard Dixon Property 

I have been invited to attend the Maynard Dixon Campout August 22-25 as a featured presenter and demonstrator. This will be an excellent opportunity to attend several seminars and demonstrations by some top western artists.
The following artists will be symposium participants and/or give painting demonstrations:

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Happy Collectors Leave with Paintings

Jill Romney with Roland Lee and painting "Heaps Canyon"

Leslie Layton and Roland Lee with painting "Chessman Columbines"

Two wonderful collectors added new watercolor paintings to their collections today after stopping by my St. George studio. Jill Romney purchased "Heaps Canyon" while Leslie Layton bought "Zion Narrows." Leslie also bought my Utah Watercolor Society best of show award-winning painting "Chessman Columbines." Recently she also purchased my Dixie Watercolor Society Best of Show painting, "East Zion Aria."

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Peoples Choice Award at Dixie Watercolor Society exhibit

I was notified that my painting "Coal Creek received the Peoples Choice Award at the Spring exhibit of the DWS. It was a tie with my friend Eddi Malloy. Thanks everybody. The show was on display at Gallery 35.
"Coal Creek" watercolor painting 14 x 21 by Roland Lee

Saturday, March 10, 2018

1988 toyota 4WD Pickup and Six Pac Camper has new wheels

Old Blue, my trusty 1988 4WD Toyota Pickup with 1992 Six Pac Camper now has new wheels!

Good news. My trusty 1988 Toyota Pickup and Six Pac Camper "Art Assault Vehicle" now has new wheels and tires. The old rusted wheels had that special "look" but after a year I found four original equipment wheels to bring the old boy back to its original showroom sparkle. New OEM Toyota mud flaps completed the ensemble. Now I just need to raise the funds to get a new paint job. In the meantime, if you see me out painting plein air with "Old Blue" be sure to honk.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Painting Generates $2900 at Southern Utah Museum of Art Auction

Zion Narrows Watercolor 14 x 10
After spirited bidding, this painting generated $2900 for the Southern Utah Museum of Art tonight during the annual auction at Rusty's Steak House. Thanks to Michelle Jorgenson and ERA Realty for being the winning bidders. I'm so glad to be able to make a contribution to SUMA. What a wonderful addition to the cultural arts in southern Utah. Hats off to the SUMA board and director Jessica Farling for their leadership.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Atkins Purchase Painting at Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show

Ralph and Cheri Atkin with Roland Lee at the 2018 Sears Invitational Art Show

Thanks to Ralph and Cheri Atkin who purchased my watercolor Painting called "Ripples of Gold' at the 31st annual exhibit of the Robert N. and Peggy Sears Invitational Art Show and Sale. The show is held each year in the Sears Museum Gallery on the Dixie State University Campus. 40% of the sales goes towards student scholarships, so it is a great cause. Robert and Peggy Sears spent years helping raise funds for the new art museum on the campus. Their legacy certainly lives on.

Best of Show Dixie Watercolor Society

Nellie and Roland Lee at the Dixie Watercolor Society Exhibit
I was thrilled to win Best of Show at the Spring 2018 Exhibit of the Dixie Watercolor Society. Thanks to Maureen Booth and the other board members who organized the exhibit.
My watercolor painting "East Zion Aria" was the winning painting. Here are the other winners. Thanks to everyone for your hard work.


Best of Show:
Roland Lee

Signature Artists:
1st Place: Karen March
2nd Place: Bill Sherwin
3rd Place: Karen Bettilyon

Honorable Mention:
Sean Rowley
Jan Bown
Mary Jane Grow
Michelle Manriquez
Shari Cannon
Eddi Malloy

Associate Artists:
1st Place: Julie Strong
2nd Place: Carole Foster
3rd Place: Ray Pittman

Honorable Mention:
Jan Hansen
Maureen Booth
Bev Mangum
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

31st Annual Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show

Sears Art Museum

I will be participating in the 31st annual Robert N. and Peggy Sears Invitational Art Show to be held Feb 16 – April 1, 2018. I will exhibit two paintings: “Ripples of Gold” and “Sands of Time” in the show. Held in the Sears Art Museum Gallery the show will feature over 100 artists. The show begins with a symposium at 3pm February 16 in the Eccles Concert Hall followed by a preview of the exhibit at the DSU Sears Art Museum Gallery . This will follow with a banquet, concluded by the official opening of the show and sale. Patrons may pull “intent to purchase cards” on the displayed pieces.
Ripples of Gold - Roland Lee Watercolor

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Watercolor Painting with my Sons

I had fun running my two sons, Jim and Jon, through a three-day "Watercolor Boot Camp" this week. Both are already accomplished artists but wanted some one-on-one studio time with their old dad. We were all exhausted when it was over but it was so fun. Nothing I love better than sharing art with my kids and grandkids.
Jim on the left and Jon on the right. 

Jim with two of his watercolor landscapes

Roland critiques Jim's painting

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Favorite Oil Painting

Janae chooses her favorite Roland Lee oil painting

A talented art student named Janae stopped by my art gallery for a visit and I asked her to choose a favorite painting. She chose "Virgin River Glow." I'm sure she will be a successful artist in the future.