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.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Travels Down Under

My wife Nellie and I joined a group of friends for a few weeks in the land "down under." Starting in Sydney Australia, we toured the outback and seaside for a few days before boarding a cruise ship for New Zealand. Stopping at various ports we were able to explore lots of places on shore. I carried a sketchbook and recorded my thoughts as we went. The result is a show of about 12 new paintings completed since we returned last month. They will remain on display in my gallery until Christmas.
Sydney Opera House and harbor

Otago Bay Lighthouse near Dunedin New Zealand

Larnach Castle Gardens, Dunedin NZ

Larnach Castle Sea View New Zealand

Milford Sound Waterfalls New Zealand