Artist: Lee Michele Boyle
Place – Diorama Category
The art of Lee Michele Boyle is more than just a realistic rendition of her subject; she manages to capture personality, a sense of humor or delight in her subject. Not an easy task when you consider her chosen medium is the most fragile of all canvases – the egg.
Lee has always had an interest in art in one form or another. She tells us that she has been drawing ever since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Early exposure to the work of artists such as J. F. Lansdowne and Glen Loates influenced her creativity, as did other ultra-realism artists.
"When I first saw the wildlife art of Carl Brenders, I knew that he was an artist after my own heart! His eye for detail and his passion for God's furry and fine-feathered friends, which I share, have continued to be an inspiration to me. As a Canadian, I have also been fortunate to be exposed to the wildlife art of our own famous Canadian artist, Robert Bateman. I have had the opportunity over the years to attend local art gallery shows featuring both these fine artists, and have enjoyed hearing stories of their personal wildlife encounters that inspired them to create their next masterpieces.” Lee tells us that she and her Mother toured through Europe and Israel, a trip that allowed her to experience the original of the ultra-realism artists - the “Old World Masters”, her favorite? Michelangelo.
Lee has experimented with a
variety of artistic mediums over the years. It is through her eggart,
which encompasses pysanky, vinegar-etching, scratch art, painted (acrylics),
coloured pencils, artist's pastels, enameled (Faberge) and marbleized, hinged,
diorama, polymer clay/fimo and other sculpted creations, lattice, and deep
relief carving, that she is able to merge all her interests and experiences into
one medium. Most
of her original one-of-a-kind designs follow a theme inspired by nature's
animals, birds, or flowers, or by her faith as a Catholic. The animals you see
used in her dioramas are sculpted by the artist, as are many of the egg stands.
Choosing or creating a stand to complement the overall design of the art
is very important in creating a “finished” look and is included when
planning the composition.
This airbrushed goose egg used in "Black Swan" is cut with hinged wings. The wing texturing was added using plastercloth and molding paste, and the hand-made fimo/plastercloth lily pads and flowers are situated to balance the egg, yet give the appearance that the swan is landing just past them.
The egg (below right) "Frankenstein Lives",
is unique. The
is a vinegar-etched emu egg and the Monster's head is a pheasant egg created using pencil crayon and pastels with a hand-made
body. "I particularly love the challenge of taking a
"deformed" egg (such as the pheasant egg from which I created
the Frankenstein Monster's head in "Frankenstein Lives!", and the rhea
egg from which I created the hole in an iceberg with a seal popping up out of
the water to greet a polar bear cub in "Polar Ice Pals") and
creating something special that enhances its uniqueness" smiles
All of Lee's works are one of a kind originals done on real
eggs. For more information, please visit here