W John Lees

W John Lees

John Lees began his career in art and design at the early age of sixteen while attending a high school for arts in the west country of England. He is a graduate of Central Saint Martins School of Art in London and Yale University School of Art and Architecture (BFA, MFA) with a focus on design arts.
John has had a highly successful career as a design consultant, working on five continents for many distinguished clients. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Design Arts Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and four Presidential Design Awards. While always enjoying drawing and painting for personal pleasure, John decided to pursue a second career - as a painter - in 1988. He works in watercolor and oils, painting primarily in Mexico and on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. His work is in over 100 private and corporate collections in the United States and Europe. John lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and divides his time between painting and exploring new landscapes. Work in Oils John’s work in oils is primarily focused on landscapes and the unique character of a particular environment – interpreting the light, the time of day and the cycle of the seasons. “Painting in Mexico and elsewhere is both an exploration of form and color and a celebration of the timeless values of landscape in all of its richness and variety.”  Watercolors Throughout his career and continual travels, John always carried with him personal pen and ink sketchbooks. A natural outgrowth of that activity was his pursuit of watercolor painting. “Like the successful practice of meditation, painting watercolors must be approached with an unrelenting focus. The idea is to immerse oneself in the act of painting. Unlike oil painting, watercolor painting is technically unforgiving - mistakes can’t easily be erased. The task is to bring everything you know, all the skill you have acquired over years of practice, into the moment of painting.”