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Artist Lee Caufield was born and raised in Vernon in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. From an early age she was drawing the birds and animals of her rural upbringing and has continued to pursue and study artwork throughout her life. Caufield is a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and the recipient of numerous awards.
Using a wide variety of materials and with an emphasis on rich textural surfaces, Caufield’s semi abstract artwork incorporates creative approaches to common subjects. Her imagery is usually drawn from the natural world and her painting process remains open to unexpected directions. She works mainly in acrylics but often incorporates other materials and collage elements to achieve desired effects.
My artwork is largely an intuitive response to the subject matter that interests me. This subject matter has pretty well remained consistent throughout my life – birds and animals, gardens, still life – and I find that textural, layered surfaces free me to paint them in a stylized or abstracted manner. Lots of chance and unpredictability involved! Viewers of my work might also expect to work a little harder in order to discover something that is not always immediately revealed.
Although my subjects such as cattle may be recognizable, it is their shapes, forms and gestures that appeal to me; their groupings and the nuances of the landscape and weather they inhabit.
My own garden is also an endless source of inspiration. A series of birdbath paintings is in direct response to many welcome avian visitors. And of course the series of blackbirds that I love to capture in all their busy, raucous, curious, and delightful beauty.