Seventeen Weeks: Lee Mothes
I love the ocean, and have been fascinated by beaches, waves, and the ocean’s energy as far back as I can remember. I grew up on the California coast, spent most of my childhood on the beach, and began drawing while still in grade school. I studied art for several years, achieving a BS degree in Art at Western Oregon University in 1980. I’ve also operated a printing shop, co-owned a hot springs resort, and spent several years as a freelance carpenter.
After moving to Wisconsin in 1986 (best place to raise kids), the irony of being away from the ocean compelled me to spend a lot more time painting it. I have found that I can ‘be there’ by painting and drawing imaginary places inspired by my growing up along the California coast.
My studio is located at 127 West Wisconsin Ave. in Kaukauna, upstairs in the KC&T Coffee Shop building. Feel free to visit during coffee shop hours.
One week at a time, beginning September 8, 2020, the Trout Museum of Art is showcasing the works of and celebrating the incredible artists who call the Fox Cities home. TMA is proud to share these artists and their works for all to enjoy.