The High Desert Art League's
Central Oregon is blessed to have the perfect climate to experience all four seasons. Dee McBrien-Lee takes advantage of this in this latest series which takes us through a year in the High Desert with a style that is unique to the artist. A chilly winter forest is created in "December", a small piece featuring bare trees, cool tones and snowy foreground. Winter moves into spring with the emergence of the magnificent Iris in full bloom. From there step into summer, a season with seemingly endless possibilities. "Picnic" takes you into a secret canyon reserved just for you. Finally we move into the artist's favorite season, Autumn. The sun shifts, the days grow cooler and inspiration is everywhere. "Old Mill Cattails" will immediately bring to mind that favorite spot along the river just beyond all the hustle and bustle of our busy little town.
Dee McBrien-Lee has been painting for as long as she can remember and studied art in college at SUNY New Paltz. Although her career did not involve art, it has been her outlet throughout her life..
Dee has always loved getting fully immersed in her medium and will paint with intention, as well as just applying color to canvas and letting the mood and the piece take her where it may. Preferring bold color and line combined with many layers to create the finished pieces she seeks to create a mood or draw a reaction with her work. "I consider myself a restless creative and don't like to be pigeonholed into creating in one style. I love the freedom to paint my style of landscapes one day and then move back into abstracts, my current passion, the next. This can be confusing when I try to do a series of same style pieces for a show or event but things always manage to work themselves out. It is called being creative for a reason!", says Dee.
McBrien-Lee is a founding Partner and former owner/artist at the Red Chair Gallery from 2010 through 2018. She has been juried in to various regional and local shows and her work can be found in private collections from coast to coast and in Europe. McBrien-Lee is currently represented by the Earthworks Gallery in Yachats, Oregon and the TClifton Gallery in Memphis, TN. Locally, McBrien-Lee's work can be found at Tumalo Art Company in the Old Mill District of Bend, OR where she is a Member Artist. Additionally Dee is a member of Central Oregon's High Desert Art League.