Rye Artist Lee Perrault: "Prospecting + Pondering" - October 2014, Weston Gallery

Lee PerraultI grew up in rural, western NH during the 50’s and 60’s, drawing with pencil, charcoal, pen and ink. When my Jon Gnagy ‘Learn To Draw’ set was reduced to tatters, I moved on to ‘paint by numbers’. My favorite subject matter then was almost always animals. College still found me in the fine arts and, later, there was calligraphy, ceramics, photography and a profession in graphic design. Since moving to the seacoast in 1997, I have worked as a Colorist and Interior Design Consultant, with my company, Via Design, in Rye.

My mom was an artist who also returned to her art later in life. As she was able to paint less and less, her wealth of oils and pastels began finding their way into my cellar, and I accrued a pile of materials. One day after she had passed on, I had an epiphany. Shortly thereafter, I began to dabble in paint once again.

Three years ago, I built a studio onto my home, giving me a permanent place to paint. To say that picking up the brush again has been a rebirth, would probably be an understatement.  Currently still working, I use my painting time to explore subject matter, medium and technique – the reason you will see quite a variety! The animal subjects are still near and dear to my heart, with many more to follow. I also enjoy painting ‘plein air’ in areas near where I live, which happily offer infinite subject matter.

Somehow, I always knew I would want to paint on wood (panels) as opposed to canvas, a correct assumption so far. I recently began making my own hardboard/poplar panels from scratch, ‘as well as ‘cradling’ most of my existing painted panels. This allows them to be hung as is and makes it convenient for someone who purchases one to have it framed according to her/his own tastes. It also allows me the freedom to paint small or large, while giving me the satisfaction of completely controlling my art.

It is my hope that you enjoy these paintings as much as I have relished creating them!

Reception - Tuesday, October 21 at 6:30 PM, with light refreshments.

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