Artist Statement/Bio

n. lee ball artist statement

I create contemporary oil paintings celebrating overlooked mundane people and places. Much of my work comes from images obtained from my travels by car, train, bike, airplane, and even comfortable shoes. I am particularly fond of unique architecture. Occasionally, I dig into my family’s archive of black and white photos taken before I was born. I crop and frame my images to detach the viewer from reality and to create a new narrative. I start conversations on canvas incorporating the natural patterns, textures, and space of an actual place into a pleasing composition of decaying Americana. Currently, I am exploring combining multiple images into a single new reality.

n. lee ball bio

Lee is an oil painter born in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1970. She studied Architecture at North Carolina State University School of Design and received a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture. She also earned a BFA from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, concentrating in Painting and Sculpture, followed by a teaching certificate. She taught secondary Visual Art for twelve years, ten of which were at Athens Drive High School.

Lee’s work has been juried into regional and national shows including the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh Fine Art Society, Visual Art Exchange, and Cambridge Art Association. Much of her work is inspired by her interest in theatre, museums, and travel. She now lives in Franklin, Massachusetts, but returns to Johnston County often.

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