WesBanco exhibits Blevins art
PARKERSBURG — The Lee Ann Billups Blevins Art Exhibit is on display this month from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St.
Blevins has been drawing since childhood and works in oils for her paintings. She is a native of Kenova, W.Va., and graduated from Marshall University with a degree in art education. She was an educator for over 30 years. Blevins is a member of Allied Artists of West Virginia, the Tri-State Arts Association of West Virginia, Tamarack Artisans and the National League of American Pen Women.
Blevins specializes in portraits of people and pets, but also loves painting landscapes and seascapes.
Her work has been included in shows at Huntington Museum of Art; Gallery Eleven of Charleston; Grayson (Ky.) Gallery in Grayson; Parkersburg Art Center; Mathena Center in Princeton; and Tamarack.
She most enjoys working in oils, creating portraits that capture the true spirit of her commissioned subjects and bringing them to life on canvas. Blevins said she strives to create art that will be meaningful and thought provoking to the viewer.
In addition to creating art, Blevins has a passion for nature, travel, and adventure. She kayaks, has rappelled off the New River Gorge Bridge, snorkeled Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and climbed Mt. Fuji in Japan.
“My art consists of recreating scenes from the joyous moments of life. I like to find the beauty in ordinary scenes — a heron waiting to catch an unwary fish or the inky black solitude in the shade of a sunlit forest,” said Blevins.
She does many commissioned pieces of people and pets even though she never set out to be a portrait artist, but finds it very rewarding. Blevins uses oils because there is a depth of color that can be achieved through layering and blending.
“Portraying an image that invites the viewer into the scene or evokes a special memory is one of my main goals. I love the feeling of making art and losing myself in the creative process,” Blevins said.
Blevins won Best of Show in Oils at the Heart of the Parks Art Exhibit in Grayson; honorable mention, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources in the 2020 Wildlife Calendar; honorable mention, Heart of the Parks Art Exhibition in Oils at Grayson; third place, Anna Robinson Memorial Art Show in Grayson.