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Joint Statement

We share very similar interests when it comes to art.  It enlivens our relationship and we often travel and paint plein air, visit art museums, and  enjoy just about everything to do with art.   We love musical events  and classical music and often paint to the sounds of our favorites in the background in our studio.  When we ask each other’s opinion on a work in progress we have a nice way of giving supportive, honest feedback and critiques.  We always enjoy an opportunity to do a show together so it’s fun to share our website also.  We hope you will enjoy it.

We paint in the hope that somewhere, someone, somehow enjoys a moment of reflective joy.

Ann LeMay

As a child I was fascinated by color and thought being an artist would be terrific.  As an adult, family and my Clinical Psychology practice took up most of my time.  However, as time allowed I studied oil and watercolor with many wonderfully skilled art teachers, such as Lee Rommel, Ann Templeton and Betty Carr in my native New Mexican hometown, Santa Fe, NM and in Mexico with Evelyn Boren.  I love to paint the vibrant colors created by the intense light emanating from the clear blue Rocky Mountain skies and long distant vistas.  This allowed me to express my feelings and appreciation of the beauty in the world around me.  I often paint outside in plein air to replenish my soul and spirit.

I am a juried member of the Santa Fe Society of Artists.  My work was shown in the Societies Art Shows as well as galleries and exhibits in NM.  After we moved to Aiken, SC I became active with the Aiken Artist Guild.   I studied Advanced Art at the University of South Carolina in Aiken with Al Beyer and added acrylic paints to my repertoire.  I continue to enjoy studying, sharing and entering my work in galleries and exhibits.

Much of my current work has an abstract and expressive nature making use of my love of color, contrast and distant space.  My strong and deep memories and experience of the high desert clarity is now influenced by the quiet softness of  Eastern light.  I try to create a way for the viewer to be drawn into a realm of possibilities and transcendence when viewing my paintings.

Bill LeMay

Bill LeMay is a retired petroleum geologist with over 50 years of experience as an independent and regulator in New Mexico’s oil and gas industry.  Since retirement with the State of New Mexico in 1998 Bill has been a passionate painter of Southwestern landscapes and of the oil and gas industry. 

He has studied under Santa Fe’s best oil and watercolor teachers and has taken workshops and courses at the University of South Carolina Aiken under Al Beyer to further his impressionistic style of paintings.  Every scene has a story to tell and every story can be portrayed as paint on a canvas with a commitment to the sensitivity of the story. 

Bill’s paintings reflect that commitment to sensitivity through his impressionistic style of painting in oil, watercolor and acrylic mediums. He has exhibited in shows in Santa Fe and Ruidoso, NM, Aiken, SC and Sayulita, Mexico.

 
Art takes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life
— by Pablo Picasso