Painting, for Lee, is not all about the end product but also the emotional value of the process itself. “On the good days, [painting] dissolves the excess in my psyche and leaves me clearer in mind and heart,” he says. “It’s something I believe can translate to others through a finished work. In a time filled with so much that can leave us far from the subtle pulse of a day, acts of simplification—for me, painting—seem like time well spent.”
Born in Woodstock, NY and educated at upstate New York’s Bard College, Lee’s love of painting the world around him dovetails with his desire to do his bit to save it; to that end, he uses socially responsible and environmentally friendly materials, like walnut oil paints made by a family-owned Oregon company, whenever possible. He also passes on his knowledge and love of painting as a teacher at the University of New Mexico and director of Taos’ Project for Art and the Environment.
More on the artist and his other works can be found at his Website, www.jivanlee.com. Bella Lucia will be on display as part of the “Taos Contemporary” exhibit at at the Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Center for Visual Art (www.metrostatecva.org) until August 11, 2012.