Exhibition: Dacia Gallery is proud to present “After New York,” a new body of paintings by Emilie Lee. "This selection of paintings represents a year of exploration and self-discovery after I left New York City. Each piece was painted from life or memory, without the use of photographs. I choose this limitation so I can be completely present with the dynamic, living qualities of my subject and embrace the unpredictable results that occur during the painting process. When I’m painting in nature, absorbed in the intricacies of light and color, I feel bursting with gratitude for the perfection of life and the fun of painting. Of course I am usually alone in the woods when this occurs, so it is my sincere pleasure to share this work with you now." - Emilie Lee
Artist Bio: Emilie Lee is a classically trained painter working in the tradition of the Hudson River School. Drawing on her background as a rock climber and adventure athlete, she travels to remote locations to study landscapes that are critical in the field of conservation. Without using photographs, she creates drawings, notes, and plein air paintings while on location which she later uses to inform her large-scale canvases in the studio. As a result, her work is a distillation of time, memory, and a close observation of the natural world. Lee handcrafts each piece of artwork using time-honored techniques tested by museum conservationists to ensure the archival quality of each piece. After earning her degree in illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, Emilie worked as a freelance writer and illustrator for outdoor adventure publications including “Alpinist Magazine”, Patagonia, and “Rock and Ice.” In 2008 she moved to New York to spend four years studying with renowned painter and educator, Jacob Collins. For three years after that she was a principle artist and instructor at the Grand Central Atelier, and in 2016 she moved to her native Vermont where she teaches regular classes and workshops at her studio and at Champlain College. She is also a senior fellow at the Hudson River Fellowship, passing on the traditional techniques of 19th century landscape painters. Emilie often collaborates with creative partners in the conservation and outdoor adventure fields such as Best Made Company, Patagonia, and Stio Mountain, for whom she has been a sponsored ambassador. As a landscape painter she has been featured in “The New York Times”, “The Wall Street Journal”, and “New Hampshire Public Radio.”
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