About Joan Lee
I derive much of the inspiration for my work from the coast around Britain, particularly that close to my home in southern England. There is always plenty of activity here, including the comings and goings of birds and boats, along with the ever changing weather and tides. I regularly sketch and go out with various sketching groups who meet regularly to draw in this area. I work with a mixture of painting media, printmaking techniques and collage. My work has been accepted at selecting exhibitions at venues including the annual AppArt spring exhibition in Surrey, Southampton City Art gallery and Mottisfont House. This summer (2019) I’ll be among eighteen Red Hot Press printmakers exhibiting in the gallery at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.
I’ve had a life-long enjoyment of drawing and colour. Though I do not have any formal art training, my working artistic knowledge comes from a combination of informal art courses such those at various locations; life-long advice and guidance of my artist father; and belonging to local art groups. The latter are run entirely by volunteers and offer a varied programme of artist demonstrations, tutored workshops, appraisals and occasional outdoor painting days; and a to exhibit at least annually. I’m an active member of Warsash Art Group as a member of their Committee and edit their newsletter.
Finally, I believe in art-for-everyone as an enricher of people's lives and not an an optional extra or luxury pursuit.