Date(s) - 08/29/2019 - 09/15/2019
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Harlin Museum; Hathcock Gallery, Upper Level
Come to the Harlin Museum from August 29th through September 15th, 2019 to experience the talent of Lee Copen, who paints the fleeting moments of beauty in the natural landscape around her to create breathtakingly beautiful works of art.
“I have lived in some of the most beautiful places on earth; the high plains of South Africa, the coast of Chile, the Colorado Rockies, the Yorkshire countryside and currently the Ozark mountains. I have always found myself drawn to the beauty and diversity of the landscape.” – Lee Copen
Born in South Africa, in 1966, Lee was drawing and painting the land, people and animals that surrounded her, before she even started school. Her family moved to Chile when she was 12 years old, where her love of drawing and painting continued. In 1982 the family moved to Colorado, here Lee encountered her first art teacher; a talented and gifted artist and teacher who encouraged Lee to pursue art.
Lee studied art at the University of Northern Colorado and received a BFA in drawing and painting. After college, she pursued a career as an architectural illustrator. In 2000 Lee returned to college to receive a teaching certificate and has been teaching art in a public high school ever since.
“My high school art teacher was such a positive force in my life, I wanted to be that for other young artists.” – Lee Copen
Both careers allowed Lee to continue painting on her own, building skills and developing her own unique vision.
Lee has traveled extensively throughout her life; including Zimbabwe, Peru, Bolivia, England, Scotland, Greece, Sweden and throughout the United States. Wherever she goes, she paints; filling sketchbooks with beautiful drawings and watercolors. Whether working in the studio or on location her work is inspired by the beauty that can be found in nature. She currently lives on a small farm in Missouri; painting the hills, farms, rivers, and springs of the Ozarks. Her work reflects her love of the land.
She is influenced by great historical painters like John Constable, George Inness, Claude Monet, and John Carlson.
A member of the Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, and the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society.
Her work has received numerous local and regional awards and honors.
TO learn more about the artist, you can visit her website at https://leecopen.com.
There will be an Artist’s Reception, with wine & refreshments, celebrating Lee Copen at the Harlin’s September Gala Night at the Museum event from 4-7 pm on September 7th, 2019. The artist will also be hosting an Artist’s Workshop at the Harlin Museum on October 5th, 2019, “Painting the Bold Colors of Fall with Lee Copen (12 pm – 4 pm). Registration is required for all workshops.