Lea Colie Wight: Weekend With the Masters Instructor
"From time to time you notice something unexpectedly beautiful in the most ordinary person; the overlooked corner will tell the story of the people not present; something will tug at you and you take a second look. I hope to provide the viewer with that sort of connection and maybe prompt them to look closer at the world that they pass through. I acknowledge the incredible good fortune I have to be an artist and I hope to justify it."–Lea Colie Wight
|Breakfast News by Lea Colie Wight, 20 x 24, oil painting.|
Lea Colie Wight was born in Philadelphia, Pa in 1951. She earned a BFA from The Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1974. In 2003 Lea discovered Studio Incamminati, an intensive Atelier founded in Philadelphia by renowned artist Nelson Shanks and entered as a student. In 2005 Lea was invited to join the teaching staff rising to become one of the lead teachers at that school.
Lea periodically served as teaching assistant to Nelson Shanks at The Art Students League in New York and has served as lead instructor for various Studio Incamminati workshops as well as her own workshops. Lea was the featured artist in the November 2009 issue of American Artist Magazine. She was awarded an Honor Award at the Portrait Society of America's national competition in 2009 and in 2010 as well as a Certificate of Excellence in 2011, and several awards from the Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art 2009 Salon International. Her work has been featured in numerous publications. She has a feature article in The Artist's Magazine, an interview in International Artist Magazine, and a DVD in production through American Artist magazine.
Lea maintains a studio in Manasquan, New Jersey as well as in Philadelphia. Her work is in numerous notable collections, including that of Mr. and Mrs. George Lucas. For more information, visit her website.
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