Contemporary Paintings in Oils, with Hot or Cold Beeswax
While working in conservation as a naturalist, graphic design and illustration lead Leecia to painting in 2005. She credits her study of plant and bird identification with teaching her to see rather than just look. Even so, her recent work relies as much on imagination as observation.
Since 2013, the midcoast has been her beloved home. Like many, she visited seasonally before moving here year-around. Maine's endless forests, rocky shores, and ubiquitous waterbodies are her most treasured places and inspiration.
As a beekeeper she learned to create both hot and cold painting mediums from her extra beeswax, these are combined with oil paints or dry artist pigments. She remains fascinated by the tactile properties of the beeswax, its translucency and shine; and the effects of scraping, layering, incising, melting, and fusing with a blowtorch.
Since working with pigmented wax, Leecia has found a way to put more of her translation of the Maine landscape into paintings, adding interesting unknowns, gestural marks, and evidence of her interaction with the physical properties of the materials.
Her wish is to present the viewer with an image they may connect with and translate into their own personal story; ideally an interesting and unique aesthetic experience.
Often paintings start from my interest in a subject's value, beauty, or features. In my surroundings I look for bold shapes, grace, rhythms, patterns, and vivid colors. Yet quite quickly the seductive materials of oil paint and wax become my primary focus rather than the original subject. How with my materials might I convey my impression of the subject? Imagination, simplification, and some degree of reality aid me in creating a painting that represents an explorative journey.
Leecia Price (b. 1962) has painted for over 12 years, primarily in oil paint.
Leecia holds a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida. She worked in information technology and environmental conservation until beginning to paint full-time in 2005. Now her concern for and curiosity of the natural world are expressed largely through her artwork.
Leecia lives in Camden, Maine with her husband, fluffy dog, fluffy cat, honey bees, pollinator plants, and vegetable gardens.
1 Public Landing, Camden, Maine
Season Opening May 4, 2018 during 1st Friday Art Walk
405 Main Street, Rockland, Maine
Grand Opening May 5, 2018 4-8:00 p.m.
135 High Street, Belfast, Maine
Shows and Exhibitions
Solo Show, Unitarian Universalist Gallery, July 7, 2018 - August 7, 2018, Brunswick, Maine
'Close to Nature', Women Artists of Midcoast Maine, September 6, 2018 - November 30, 2018, Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Gallery, Rockland, Maine
'Women Painting Women', Women Artists of Midcoast Maine, March 1 - March 30, 2018, Belfast Library, Belfast, Maine
'Winter Members' Showcase', Harlow Gallery, January 17, 2018 - March 3, 2018, Hallowell, Maine
Women Painters of Midcoast Maine, September 15 - December 10, 2017, 900 Broadway Gallery, Bangor, Maine
Women Painters of Midcoast Maine, River Arts West Gallery, November 2, 2017 - December 20, 2017, Damariscotta, Maine
'Colorwise' Group Show, Boyd Center Gallery, Bangor Maine, October 26, 2017 - December 20, 2017, Bangor, Maine
River Arts Juried Show 'Small Works', December 2017, Damariscotta, Maine
'Smalls' Rock and Art Shop, November 8, 2017 - December 20, 2017, Bangor, Maine
'Handmade' Juried Show, December 1, 2017 - December 23, 2017, Waterfall Arts, Belfast, Maine
Harlow Gallery, member show, July 2017, Hallowell, Maine
Women Painters of Midcoast Maine, June 2017, Bell the Cat, Belfast, Maine
Boothbay Region Art Foundation Gallery, member shows, ongoing summer/fall 2017, Boothbay Harbor, Maine
River Arts, member show, June 2017, Damariscotta, Maine
River Arts Juried Show 'Artist's Choice', May 2017, Damariscotta, Maine
Women Painters of Midcoast Maine, group show April/May 2017, Bagel Cafe, Belfast, Maine
Solo Show, Summer 2012, Unitarian Church of Gainesville, Florida
Gallery Under the Oaks, 2006-2012, Florida
River Arts, Damariscotta, Maine
Plein Air Painters of Maine
Belfast Creative Coalition/Women Painters of Mid-coast Maine
Union of Maine Visual Artists
Workshops and Classes
Kendra Denny, encaustic workshop 2016
Colin Page, workshop 2015, 2016, 2017 (monitor/participant)
Anne Blair Brown, workshop, 2016 (monitor/ participant)
Catherine Gill, workshop, 2014 (monitor/participant)
Kerstin Engman, Classes/Critiques 2014 - 2017
Elayne Dubin, Classes 2006 - 2009