Artist Statement

Maine's endless forests, rocky shores, and ubiquitous water bodies are my most treasured places and inspiration.

My paintings start with a subject's perceived value, beauty, grace or rhythms. Imagination, abstraction, and some degree of reality guide me in an explorative journey.  Along the way I add interesting unknowns, gestural marks, and evidence of my interactions with the materials to distill a personal translation.

I present the viewer with an image they may connect with, and translate into their own personal story; ideally an interesting and unique aesthetic experience.

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Biography

A full time, professional artist Leecia Price (b. 1962) is known for her atmospheric landscapes of the Maine coast.  She has painted for over 14 years and exhibited in Maine and Florida.

While working in conservation as a naturalist, graphic design and illustration lead her to painting.  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. Living aboard and traveling on a sailboat for several years sealed her lifelong affinity for water and the sea, a reoccurring theme in her work.

Price 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. She continues her education with accomplished artists in oil and encaustic painting.

As an oil painter and beekeeper she learned to create both hot and cold painting mediums from her extra beeswax.  She combines them with oil paints, dry pigments, and commercially available artist archival quality products for wax-based painting. 

Since 2013, Camden has been her year-around home with her husband, dog, cat, honey bees, pollinator plants, and vegetable gardens.

Fusing a layer of wax before adding another...

Fusing a layer of wax before adding another...

Representation

Small Works Gallery

1 Public Landing, Camden, Maine

Art Space Gallery

405 Main Street, Rockland, Maine

Shows and Exhibitions

Archipelago Gallery, Featured artist in group show, mid April 2019 - mid July 2019, Rockland, Maine

Art Space Gallery, Four person September show, September 5, 2018 - October 3, 2018, Rockland, 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

Solo Show, Fellowship Hall Gallery, July 7, 2018 - August 7, 2018, UU Brunswick, 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

Education

Continuing studies with accomplished artists including: Kim Bernard, mentoring 2018; Colin Page, workshop 2015, 2016, 2017 (monitor/participant); Kerstin Engman, ongoing classes/critiques, oil/encaustic 2014 - 2017; Kendra Denny, encaustic workshop 2016; Anne Blair Brown, workshop, 2016 (monitor/ participant); Catherine Gill, workshop, 2014 (monitor/participant); Elayne Dubin, ongoing classes 2006 - 2009.

BS Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, University of Florida, 2000

Painting in my backyard on an April 2017 day too nice to be indoors.

Painting in my backyard on an April 2017 day too nice to be indoors.