For Waco, Texas-based professional artist and instructor Lee James, it’s all about color and texture. Lee’s style is best described as blending aspects of impressionism and realism with a strong emphasis on bold, vivid, even playful use of color in light-filled paintings. His favored medium is acrylic as it can be used like oils or watercolor. Thrilled to embark on each new painting, his ultimate reward is your enjoyment of the “worlds” he creates in each painting. Lee has a lifelong interest in architecture, having owned two National Historic Register Plantations and even designed homes. Structures of some type will almost always be found in his landscapes. A love of coastal, boats, cars and trucks, and animals have also had a profound influence in his work as well as a strong interest in nocturnal scenes. Lee is not a “high noon” painter. Early morning, later in the afternoon, and evening…”these are the times when colors are more intense, subjects are more interesting” and will always be part of his works. With an intense love of color, Lee rarely mixes color on the palette, choosing instead to pickup multiple colors, with a palette knife, and “let it happen” as the paint goes on the canvas. “The result is far more exciting!”
Primarily self-trained, Lee has studied at NC State University, Stanford University, College of the Atlantic Bar Harbor, Maine, and numerous workshops with nationally recognized artists. Lee taught for years in corporate training centers as well as teaching art privately. After leaving the corporate world a few years ago, he recognized that he is not who he was as a person or an artist 30+ years ago, so it followed that his art needed to change. He now teaches how to "Discover the Artist Within" through private art instruction / mentoring and as an Adjunct Instructor at McLennan Community College in a course by the same name in the classroom setting. He loves teach and sharing 40 years of experience with others!
Lee’s works reside in corporate and private collections in the U.S. and abroad. Lee operates out of his McGregor, TX Studio, his Downtown McGregor Art Gallery, online at https://leejamesfineart.com/ , is a PRO on HOUZZ.com, @artistLeeJames at https://www.facebook.com/ArtistLeeJames/ Instagram at leejames5153
In 2018 he opened Lee James Fine Art Gallery, located inside VIBE Main Street Market in McGregorTexas, a 9,000 square foot upscale Boutique Mall like no other, near WacoTexas. Face Book: @LeeJamesFineArtGallery https://www.facebook.com/LeeJamesFineArtGallery/ Services offered are Acrylic Originals, Giclee’ Prints, and Commissioned Works, and both private and group art instruction and demonstrations.
Lee is a member of Texas Fine Artists, shows continuously in multiple venues, and is also represented by My Giving Tree Gallery and Gifts in Belton, TX.
Member, National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society (NOAPS)
Member and Ambassador, McGregor Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture