Lee A. Monts a native of Chapin, South Carolina, his formal education is in geology. He has been a resident of Columbia, South Carolina, since 1987 and is employed full time by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Lee began painting in 2002 and has had no formal art training. He has shown extensively in South Carolina since 2003. “Testimony”, the artist’s premier solo show was on exhibit July 23 – August 21, 2009, at the Gallery at DuPre in Columbia, SC. A feature article by nationally known writer Cynthia Boiter titled “Artist come lately…” appeared in the January 2010 issue of Lake Murray Magazine and Northeast Columbia Magazine. The artist was selected as one of six artists for Street Gallery III, a rotating billboard project in 2010 sponsored by the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties and Lamar Advertising. Monts also received the “In Memory of Lena Massara” Award in 2010 for his entry in the 33rd Annual South Carolina Watermedia Society Show. Monts will be featured along with nine other selected artists in a limited edition Capital City Art Book to be released in Spring 2011. The artist’s work can also be seen at www.323art.blogspot.com

Artists Statement

"Art is about  an innate need to create and the process that results from this need.The application of color and the use or non-use of texture helps control the direction of the painting. The process is exciting as I rarely have a preconceived notion or complete expectation of the outcome. Often a completed painting will result from one continuous session. However, in many cases, certain challenges within the creative process may require multiple sessions and reevaluations. It is important to always allow the creative process to continue, and this may lead me on a different path…there are often sacrifices of the good for the better. Unlike many artists, I prefer to use a limited palette with colors that produce a wide range of hues and values. The end result is generally an abstracted landscape that, while often ambiguous, creates a feeling of familiarity for the viewer or relates to some shared life experience."