Deborah A. Lee Watercolor Exhibit May, 2009

      The Arboretum was pleased to showcase the works of Deborah Lee during May of 2009; Debby is among our annual members and she is the 2009 President of the Artists of the Superstitions. Lee also designs the advertising, and oversees the Studio Art Tour in Gold Canyon and Apache Junction in November and the Members' Art Show in April. Lee's "Simply Irresistible Watercolors" embrace the challenge of a vivid medium to capture desert landscape vistas and wildlife.

     "Watercolor is such a transparent and beautiful medium, and it gives me me the opportunity to enjoy both the challenge and satisfaction of painting a wide variety of subjects," said Lee.

"My inspiration? That comes from nature, from things that I enjoy seeing everyday -- the beautiful places where I have lived and visited from the East Coast and the Southwest. I love the emotional look in a birds eye, or the way the landscape changes color depending on the sun and the clouds -- and the beauty that can be found when you least expect it."

     "My hope is that my paintings will make visitors smile, that they will find one that fits in just the right place in their home to brighten each day -- that viewers will enjoy them as much as I do, and that my art can help be a reminder to be thankful and cherish the beauty that surrounds us."

     The Apache Junction artist grew up in a small town south of Buffalo, New York, and worked in banking and finance. Deborah and her husband, John, lived in Pennsylvania and Florida before retiring -- living at the Outer Banks of North Carolina for seven years to explore life on the seacoast.

     "With all the beautiful scenery and wildlife that surrounded us, I began to paint. I attended watercolor classes in Naples, Florida, and Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and became proficient with techniques and procedures that have developed into my own style of watercolors. I have a passion for birds, beaches and boats -- it was easy to find a variety of subjects to paint on the East Coast.

       "After seven years of coastal living, it was time for a change and we moved west to Arizona. Living in the southwest has given me the chance to expand my portfolio to include the Superstition mountains and Sonoran Desert landscapes, historic places and items, and birds of the southwest. Every painting has a story to tell and a special meaning; I hope everyone who views the exhibit feels a connection with these things, too."

         All works in this exhibit will be available for purchase; and range in price from $40 to $240. To contact the artist about purchases, commissions or assignments, email or visit the website

Works shown on this page are (clockwise from top left) "Saguaros in the Glow," "Superstition Sunset." "Last Delivery," and "Nature's Sweet Nectar."

      Boyce Thompson Arboretum is at highway 60 milepost #223 near the historic copper mining town of Superior, a drive of about 45 minutes due East of Mesa. During May visitors are admitted from 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and the Arboretum closes at 3:00 p.m. (during fall and winter months the schedule is daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) New exhibits begin each month and may be seen daily during business hours; the Arboretum is an Arizona State Park and daily admission must be paid to enter the Visitor Center where our gallery is found. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $3 for ages 5-12. Annual memberships at the Arboretum begin at $45, and include a year's access, guest passes for your friends and family, along with many other benefits. A membership may be purchased in the gift shop on the day of your visit. To review other recent gallery shows from...

Mesa Arts League April, 2009
Bud Heiss March, 2009
Laurent Baig February, 2009
Timm Chapman January, 2009
Paul Kinslow December, 2008
Maggie Leef November 2008
Sharon Sieben October 2008
Nicole Royse September 2008
Gila Community College Art July-August 2008
Judy Bottler Photography May 2008
Bob Estrin Photography April 2008
Mary Isham Watercolors March 2008
Susan Strom and Cathy Franklin Lightning Photography February, 2008
Arizona State Parks Plein Air Paintings January, 2008
Carolyn Gray & Connie Thomas December, 2007
Jean Sullivan November, 2007 Sue Cullumber October, 2007
Adriane Grimaldi September, 2007
Pima College print-making students July-August, 2007
Mesa Arts League June-July, 2007
Fred Charlton May, 2007
Paul Mudersbach March-April, 2007
Linda Kaiser February, 2007
Edith Kreueger-Nye December, 2006 - January, 2007
Cindy Carrillo October-November, 2006
Bob Rice September, 2006
Bud Heiss July-August, 2006
Mesa Arts League June-July, 2006
Sandy Tracey April-May, 2006
CJ Rider March, 2006
Jessica Green February, 2006
Steve Davidson January, 2006
Don & Carole Schupp December, 2005
Carolyn Gray November, 2005
Martha Burgess October, 2005
Boeing Photographers September, 2005
Lightning Lady Susan Strom July/August, 2005
Mesa Arts League June/July, 2005
Jeanette Bronson May, 2005
Tom Stanley April, 2005
Kathy McClure February-March, 2005
Pam Smyth January, 2005
Tina Faust December, 2004