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
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.