“Have you ever done anything that you enjoyed so much that time just disappeared? That is what happens to me when I am creating. It fills a void that I have and it is a retreat from everyday life.” – Faye Lee
Faye Lee lives in Mooringsport, Louisiana. Like many artists, she works hard at a fulltime job (in construction) but her true passion is in painting her unique angels and creating art from found treasures. Faye fills her world with a collection of “artifacts” of the past that speak of a different time.
She finds, excavates and gives new life to items that would otherwise end up in landfills.
“Sometimes I find an old rusty thing that wouldn’t seem to be good for anything, really…and it speaks to me. I find myself wondering what its life was behind the rusty patina. Whose hands held onto it? Are those hands still with us today?” – Faye Lee
Faye gives new life to discarded items by incorporating them into her original pieces with hope that they
will again stand the test of time. She frequently combines elements and mixes mediums. Her showcase of original art includes acrylics, oils, mixed media, jewelry, collage and salvage art.
She has named her studio of found treasures, paintings and new creations — “Venus Blues”. In addition to her unique art, Venus Blues is filled with a montage of materials, from artifacts that she excavated from a construction site, found on the road or picked up at a flea market, to old ledgers, rusty nails, and “a thousand things in between”.
“I have been accused of being a hoarder,” says Faye. “When I bring these treasures home I may not have a specific place for them. I don’t know exactly where they will end up. Sometimes, it takes a while. As I work in my studio I might pick up an item and look at it, consider the texture, color, weight. And then…one day…out of the blue…I know where that piece will go. It may inspire a piece, be the main component of a piece or be a small part of a larger piece. I can’t force the process. If I do something that I don’t really want to do, the process doesn’t flow and it is reflected in the finished piece.”
You can view some of her original paintings and creations on her website “Venus Blue’s Hideaway”. She also has a regular blog (venusblueshideaway.blogspot.com)by the same name. In the past year, Faye began displaying her art at Louisiana festivals. Her items are also available for view and purchase on the Gulf Coast Marketplace.