Lee Christmas Halstead



    McGuffey Art Center: Studio 12

    Central Virginia Botanical Artists



    Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: Botanical Art

    Virginia Master Naturalist: Rivanna Chapter, July 2013


Recent Juried Shows

Art Speaks, Matthews, Virginia June 2015  

Art Speaks, Matthews, Virginia, June 2014

I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember: still life, landscape and nature studies in pencil, watercolor and oils. 


I enjoy painting from life as it challenges me to keenly observe and to be in the moment. When painting a landscape or a still life there is constant change. The light changes every minute. The wind blows the clouds across the sky and bends the trees and grasses. Even a still life does not remain constant if it contains natural objects, flowers and fruits. It is up to me to balance the act of careful observation with capturing a particular moment in time. It is this balance of finding stillness in the transitory that extends far beyond the fabric of the canvas, informing my personal philosophy.


I love learning new techniques and mastering new skills. I also enjoy sharing this knowledge with others. I have 25 years of experience teaching art to all age students. Students help me to investigate my own process when asking questions about drawing and painting.

Recent Exhibits


     McGuffey Summer Show 2015

McGuffey Gardens, April 2015

McGuffey Holiday Show, December 2014

McGuffey Fall Show, October 2014

     McGuffey Summer Group Show, July 2014

     McGuffey Gift Shop, May 2014

     Art on the Trax, February 2014

     McGuffey Winter Group Show, 2013