Lee Price – Women and Food

Kerzenschein, chillige Musik, ein Gläschen Prosecco, eine spannende Lektüre, ein wohliges Bad bedeutet Entspannung pur. Baden und Essen verspricht ein Fest für die Sinne. Lee Price setzt bei ihren realistisch gemalten Portraits ausschließlich auf Selbstportraits. Sie inszeniert sich in intimen, lustvollen Situationen mit Köstlichkeiten für Körper und Seele.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. What sparked your interest in drawing?

Lee Price:

I grew up in a household of women. I lived with my mother and 2 older sisters. My father was not a major presence in my childhood. Both of my grandfathers had passed away before I was born. I had no male relatives nearby. This obviously has impacted me. It has effected how I see and react to my environment.

For as long as I can remember I’ve been drawn to making art. Even in kindergarten I knew that I wanted to grow up and do something in that field. My mother was a high school art teacher and I’m sure that had some influence on me. I started art school as an illustration major then switched to painting after the first year. I’ve been painting ever since.


Would you give a brief walk through your work flow?

Lee Price:

My paintings are self-portraits so I work strictly from photographs. Once I have an idea in my mind for what I want the painting to be about, I sketch out the composition. I then search for the props that are necessary to create the scene, buying or making what I will need. I usually take a few informal snap shots of the set up prior to the final photography session to make sure it’s what I want. Then I bring my photographer in and we shoot until we feel that we’ve got what I’m looking for. One scene may require hundreds of shots. From there I choose the images want to work from.


Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

Lee Price:

The painting Refuge was made after a conversation I had with a friend of mine. I was shooting some scenes at his house. He has an enormous claw foot tub that I have used in many of my paintings. We started discussing the content of my work. He told me that he grew up with 6 siblings. In order to find any peace, he would take a bag of chips into the bathroom, lock the door, and just eat. I had to paint it.


What’s the best and worst parts of being a full time, working artist?

Lee Price:

The best part of being an artist is being able to spend my days creating exactly what I want to create; not having to follow someone else’s directive. The most difficult part is trying to make my living from my art. Often the need to make a living conflicts with the ability to follow the dictates of my art.


Any quotes you live by?

Lee Price:

“Disappointment is the price of adventure”. It’s my own.

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