Dialogue and Segulla Covers, Studio Progress and New Paintings

My paintings have recently been on the cover of two different LDS based literary journals. Dialogue, A Journal of Mormon Thought Winter 2008

And Segulla, Writings by Latter Day Saint Women Fall 2008. http://segullah.org/artist-interviews/interview-with-featured-artist-lee-bennion/#comments

I include the link to Segulla because they did an interview with me that you can read if you are interested.

While I am waiting to move into my new studio/barn, I am busy painting at Ella Peacock’s home, now owned by good friends Dave and Karen Ericson of Salt Lake City, UT. Thanks for letting me work there! Dave is also my gallery representative in Utah. He bought Ella’s home from her several years before she died, and let her stay there rent-free as long as she wanted. That was very good for Ella. It feels good spend time there again. Lots of memories have surfaced of visits with Ella. The Ericsons have changed it very little since she was there.  However, I am looking forward to moving into my new studio soon.

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 New painting studio as of 1-10-09

 Cliff Mott (owner of Topkote Inc.) is doing the interior/exterior painting on the studio/barn for me. He is also finishing the wood floor in the painting studio. Today he is running the big drum sander on the floor prior to staining and the finishing it next week. Most of the wood trim is filled and primed. Things will start to move quickly now. Cliff is a consummate craftsman and goes the extra mile on the prep work before painting. It seems like the job is going slow, but what it means is that the paint job will look absolutely fantastic and won’t need to be done again for many years. If you need exterior or interior painting on your property, you would be wise to hire Cliff. 435- 851-2723. He is pleasant to work with, has good ideas and like I said before is an incredible craftsman. He is a one man operation as the kind of work he does you can’t just turn over to a crew of people who don’t know what they are doing or don’t care. Sometimes he will hire someone to help him, but he is always there working and over seeing the project.

Here are some photos of my recent work. The only ones that are done or close to done are the first two, the little dog, and the canyon moonrise with the yucca blooms. The others range from the drawing stage to half way done. Please know that these are taken with my little camera and the quality is not very good. There is a lot of glare on them, but I hope you enjoy just seeing what they look like in progress.












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