Lee Christmas Halstead





    McGuffey Art Center: Studio 12


    Central Virginia Botanical Artists




    Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: Botanical Art


    Virginia Master Naturalist: Rivanna Chapter


Recent Exhibits


     McGuffey Summer Group Show, July 2014


     McGuffey Gift Shop, May 2014


     Art on the Trax, February 2014


     McGuffey Winter Group Show, 2013


     McGuffey Gift Shop, April 2013


     McGuffey Summer Group Show, July 2013


Recent Juried Show


     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.