Lee Carlman Riddell2013 Artist
2013 Artwork for Sale
About the Artist
Lee Carlman Riddell has always loved drawing, painting, and outdoor adventures. For 23 years she and her husband, photographer Ed Riddell, marketed outdoor adventure and tourism businesses from all over the country. Lee designed coffee table books for National Park publishers, photographers and painters. On 300-mile canoe trips in Canada's Northwest Territories, her jobs were bartender and journalist, recording the days' events and painting watercolors. Now, setting up her paints begins a time of concentration on shapes, textures and colors in the landscape she loves.
What artist inspires you? Why?
Two artists inspire me equally. Georgia O'Keeffe inspires me because she believed in herself, she was confident, and her originality shows in every painting she shared with the world. I am inspired by how she lived her life as well as how she painted. She and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz, influenced how the other interpreted the landscape. Georgia's writing is from her heart, simple and full of wonder. Russell Chatham inspires me with the quiet sophistication of his paintings. His sense of place, how he sees the world, his brushwork and color are distinct and original. Russell's writing can make me laugh and cry. Whether painting or writing, he gets at the heart of an idea.
How do you come up with an idea for a new piece of artwork?
My ideas for paintings come from my life: my experiences, my drawings and photographs, my writing. I see more paintings than I could possibly paint in several lifetimes, so I paint what inspires me at the moment. I recently spent an entire afternoon looking through journals to find drawings made years ago of tulips a special friend gave me. Tulips are my favorite flower. I am working on a series of yellow tulips based on these drawings. The other day I saw three moose in a creek, and spent an hour photographing them. I plan to make a painting of them soon.
Where is the most inspirational place you've visited lately?
I am working on a series of ranch landscapes in Idaho. I love the big open country, the huge skies full of clouds, the storms, the rows of cut barley and sunflowers, and the islands of brush left in the fields as cover for the birds.