Crash and Flow, 22" by 30" graphite pencil drawing (available)

Crash and Flow, 22" by 30" graphite pencil drawing (available)

Here are a few older paintings that led up to the work I'm doing now...

Wild Mooonlight, 19" by 13" watercolor (detail) 1998, private collection

Wild Mooonlight, 19" by 13" watercolor (detail) 1998, private collection

The Wave Dance, 14" by 19" watercolor, 1996, private collection

The Wave Dance, 14" by 19" watercolor, 1996, private collection

Distant Rain, 30" by 22" watercolor, 1995, private collection

Distant Rain, 30" by 22" watercolor, 1995, private collection

Curved Porch, 22" by 30" watercolor 1994, private collection

Curved Porch, 22" by 30" watercolor 1994, private collection

Porch on a Pale Day, 26" by 40" watercolor, 1994, private collection

Porch on a Pale Day, 26" by 40" watercolor, 1994, private collection

About

Lee Mothes draws and paints beaches, ocean surf.  He also dwells in imaginary places, and has created a fictional island-nation he calls New Island. Lee grew up in Southern California and spent his first forty years on the California and Oregon coasts. He returns every year to the beaches he loves to take photos, watch the waves and sketch ideas. He works with graphite, acrylic and watercolor to capture the light, the movement and the energy of oceans waves.

Lee studied art at California State University at Long Beach, California College of the Arts and Western Oregon University. He began painting full-time in 1990 when he opened his Oceans and Dreams studio in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. Lee’s ocean art can be seen online at www.oceansanddreams.com, and his New Island project can be seen at www.newisland.net.