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Vera Susan Chamlee




I was born in Kentucky and lived my early childhood there. I moved to Tennessee in 1960 and still reside in Chattanooga.

I have been an artist for as long as I have been able to hold a pencil or crayon.  My awards began in grade school and continued thru high school where I honored to be named Art Student of the year at Chattanooga City High school 1966.


I attended :

Oak Ridge High School

Chattanooga City High School

The University of Chattanooga, taking only art classes

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

and Chattanooga State Technical Community College


In Town gallery 1999-2004


Awards and Accolades Include:

1996 Tennessee Artists State wide show- 1st place and Honorable mention

1998, 1999 Mid South Exhibition – Photo Realism award and Honorable Mention

1999 Colored Pencil Club of America annual show

1999, 2001, 2003 Tennessee Parthenon show – awards

Watkins Institute Show- award


Spectrum / Hunter Museum show ( 2 years)

Memorial Hospital (several shows)

Ava All  Member shows and Juried shows


Works included in :

Best of Colored Pencil II- Northlight

Best of colored Pencil III- Northlight

Inspirations (florals) – Northlight


Boston Terrier Club of America- Health Committee “Official Artist” 10 years

Boston Terrier Club of Atlanta- “Official Artist”

I took a 14 year hiatus during which time, I sculpted tiny dolls and sold them world wide.

I am now inspired to draw again.

2019 The Northside Gallery


Artist’s Statement


I draw or paint because something -- sunlight coming from behind a morning glory, shadows cast by a bridge into the water, the blue color of someone’s eyes – is so beautiful to me that I want to try to capture it. I want the subsequent creation to convey to the viewer the feelings of beauty or color or light that stirred me. I want to share the feeling of the moment.


The play between light and shadow never ceases to amaze me, and I use this to create depth and movement in my drawings and paintings. I lose track of time and find self-renewal when I create.