Thursday, August 15, 2019

Outdoor Painter presents Roland Lee

Featured Artwork: Roland Lee presented by Zion National ParkCentennial
Roland Lee is one of the ten Centennial Artists for Zion National Park’s 2019 Centennial Celebration of Art. His painting Zion Fireglow was created as his centennial painting for this year’s event. Visit for more information.
From his cabin on the east border of Zion National Park, Lee has intimately explored the peaks and canyons of Zion for the past 40 years. His original paintings can be found in over 1500 art collections.

Lee’s new hardcover book, Discovering Zion – A Pictorial Guide to the Landscape, Geology, and History of Zion National Park, is set to be released and will be available at Zion. It includes 160 pages of his Zion paintings.

“As an artist Zion National Park is not only my playground, but also my art studio,” reflected Roland. “The soaring peaks and the winding canyons captivate my spirit and continue to be a source of inspiration for my paintings today.”
Lee and the other Centennial Artists will paint in the park and present live painting demonstrations for the public each day, following in the footsteps of other artists such as Thomas Moran and Maynard Dixon. He respects their contributions to the sacred lands we enjoy today.

“As I reflect on Zion’s current celebration of 100 years, I am grateful for the early artists who helped make our nation aware of the need to protect certain special places. Through their insight, and the efforts of many since, these lands will continue to bless future generations,” Lee said.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Roland Lee to Speak about Artist Robert Shepherd at St. George Art Museum Art Talk

The late artist and painter Robert Shepherd at a St. George exhibit in 1984

Artist Roland Lee will give an art talk about his mentor, the late Robert Shepherd at the St. George Art Museum August 15, 2019. A reception and refreshments will start at 6pm with the talk beginning at 7pm. Roland will use Powerpoint slides to introduce Shepherd's work to an audience that may not be aware of his impact on Southern Utah Art. A retrospective exhibit of Shepherd's work is currently on display at the museum and will continue through October.

Robert Shepherd art exhibit brochure 2019

Paintings Sold to New Art Collector

I was happy to have Betsy McChesney purchase a second painting for her personal art collection. Now she has both "Modena Crossing" and "Autumn Kiss" hanging in her home. I am grateful to have such great support from my collectors.
Artist Roland Lee with artist Betsy McChesney and Roland Lee painting "Autumn Kiss"

Friday, July 26, 2019

Roland Lee Watercolor "Railroad Summit" in Watercolor West 51st International Juried Exhibition

"Railroad Summit" 10 x 14 Watercolor by Roland Lee in the Watercolor West 51st International Juried Exhibition

Juror Keiko Tanabe selected my painting "Railroad Summit" to be included in the Watercolor West 51st International Exhibition. The show will run from October 12 through December 1, 2019 at the City of Brea Art Gallery in California.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

140 attend Roland Lee Talk at One-man-show Robert Sears Art Museum

I was overwhelmed by the turnout and support at my talk Friday night at the Robert and Peggy Sears Art Museum at Dixie State University. Over 140 attendees listened and participated as I told stories and showed a powerpoint of my 110 paintings in the Retrospective one-man exhibit. It was a real honor to display all these pieces collected back from collections over the past 40 years.
Roland Lee Retrospective exhibit at Robert and Peggy Sears Art Museum

Roland Lee speaks at retrospective art show Dixie State University Sears Museum

Roland Lee points out details on "Atkinville - The Last Visit" owned by Ralph and Cheri Atkin after talk at retrospective exhibit July 19, 2019

Over 110 paintings on display at Roland Lee one-man-show Sears Art Museum
Cover of Catalog for Roland Lee 40-year Retrospective June 2 - August 2, 2019

Over 110 paintings are on display at Roland Lee Retrospective art exhibit 2019

Award of Merit Utah Watercolor Society

It was nice to exhibit my painting "Farm Chores" alongside the work of my two sons, Jon and Jim, in the Utah Watercolor Society Small Painting Show July 2019. They both sold their paintings which is always a treat. I received the "Award of Merit" for my painting.
Roland Lee "Award of Merit "Utah Watercolor Society Small Painting Show July 2019
"Farm Chores"

Jon Lee "Castle of Stone" UWS Small Painting Show July 2019 SOLD!

Jim Lee "Wild Tree - Capitol Reef" Plein Air SOLD at the Utah Watercolor Society Small Painting Show July 2019

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Western Art Collector Magazine Article on Zion Canyon Artists

David Brown article in Western Art Collector July 2019 about Zion Park and Grand Canyon
David Brown wrote a wonderful feature article for the July 2019 Western Art Collector magazine which spotlighted the centennial celebrations this year of both Zion National Park and Grand Canyon National Park. I was pleased that he quoted me a number of times in the article as he talked about the experiences of artists such as Gunnar Widforss, Maynard Dixon, and Thomas Moran. He mentioned many of today's active plein air artists as well. Thanks to publisher Josh Rose for producing a great magazine.

Etched Magazine article about artist Roland Lee

Artist Roland Lee article in Etched Magazine July 2019

Many thanks to publisher Darci Hansen of Etched Magazine for their wonderful article about my artwork in the July 2019 issue. They did a great job of illustrating with old black and white photos of me and my wife Nellie. It was truly a lot of fun as the article told of my early beginnings as a painter and shared information about my current retrospective art show at the DSU Sears Museum.
Second Spread featuring Roland Lee paintings Etched Magazine

Black and White photo of Roland Lee painting in Zion Canyon by Gene Butera

"Falls at Emerald Pools" painting by Roland Lee featured on the Contents page of Etched magazine

Monday, June 17, 2019

"Leave It as It Is," National Park Painters Featured in Western Art Collector Magazine

John O'Hern article in the July 2019 issue of Western Art Collector

Several Roland Lee paintings appeared in the July 2019 issue of Western Art Collector Magazine. "Leave it as it is," by John O'Hern discussed the role artists have played in the development of America's national parks. Some of the best of today's artists were included, and I was proud to be a part of it.
"Zion Fireglow" and "Mt. Majestic & Spearhead" by Roland Lee in Western Art Collector Magazine

Zion Park Centennial ad features Roland Lee painting "A Glimpse of Heaven"

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Amazing Turnout for Retrospective Exhibit Opening

Roland Lee speaking at DSU Sears Art Museum

Over 100 people turned out for my opening reception on June 7 for my 40-year retrospective show. The show runs at the Dixie State University Sears Art Museum through August 2, 2019. I gave a short talk. Thanks to Kathy C. and her awesome crew for the setup.