Fusing a layer of wax before adding another...

Fusing a layer of wax before adding another...

San Gimignano 2016 

 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.

 

 

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.  

 

Brief Biography

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.

Galleries

Represented by:

Small Works Gallery

1 Public Landing, Camden, Maine

Art Space Gallery

Season Opening May 4, 2018 during 1st Friday Art Walk

405 Main Street, Rockland, Maine

Local Color Gallery

Grand Opening May 5, 2018 4-8:00 p.m.

135 High Street, Belfast, Maine

 

Shows and Exhibitions

Future:

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

Past:

'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

Associations

River Arts, Damariscotta, Maine

Plein Air Painters of Maine

Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, 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