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Artist of the Day: Lee Gainer

I first stumbled upon Lee Gainer's work when I searched Etsy for the term "circles" for my Trend Alert on circles, and I've been in awe of it ever since. Lee creates beautiful mixed media collages and paintings from a variety of materials like fabric, foam, paper, felt, dried paint, and cardboard. Many of the materials in the collages are hand-rolled into circles and swirls and placed precisely using Golden Soft Gel, forming an abstract representation of imagery we all know and love, like "baby," "seascape," "snowflake," and even "yellow dragon." Lee's eye for color is just plain brilliant, so it doesn't surprise me that she was a portrait photographer for Walt Disney World, America's most vivid amusement park.

Be sure to check out Lee's Etsy shop, and to see more images of Lee's artwork, read more

Although a browse through Lee's Etsy shop suggests that she was born to be a mixed-media artist, her resume is a potpourri of art forms. Lee has always been making art in some way, shape, or form since she could hold a pencil. She earned a scholarship to attend Virginia Commonwealth University where she graduated with a honors degree in Photography. Since then, she's been a portrait photographer for Walt Disney World, run her own photography studio, Hardsun Images (now LeeGainer.com), developed the now-defunct Everquack.com, and created freelance graphics and animated shorts. Whether she's got her fingers on a roll of foam, an acrylic paint brush, or a shutter release, Lee's obviously doing something right.

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