Martha Lee

Abstract originals by Bill Baily, abstract wood boxes and table by Ray Noregaard with wood bowls by Mike Brown.

“Contemporary art does not attempt to represent external reality, but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures.”


Fresco abstracts including impasto on canvas and impastos framed in basswood by Martha Lee, segmented Oregon  myrtlewood vases by Mike Brown, chenille hand made gourds and pumpkins in woven rattan basket.


Cold wax abstract by Peg Wells, rare wood lidded bowls by Fred Lukens,  inlaid lidded boxes by Ray Noregaard, figured edge bowl by Daniel Harris, hand made ceramic salmon by Teresa Weisman-Knight and Celtic jewelry by Mary Hurst.


Acrylic abstract  and painting glass jewelry by Tanya Gardner, calligraphy by Penelope Culbertson and sunset painting by Jan Shield.



Art by Gregory Bell, abstracts by Rene’e Rowe, ceramics by Teresa Weisman-Knight, glass by Bob Heath, pastels by Joanna Donaca, glass platter by Sandy and Bob Lercari, bowls by Emily Miller and rice paper abstracts by Zifen Qian.

Photos by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.



CONTRASTS, an exhibition, featuring original  art from Northwest artists using bright, abstract palettes – electric yellows, brilliant blues, wild reds and shining greens.

Exhibiting  abstract artists Bill Baily, Gregory Bell, Tanya Gardner, Agnes Field, Sharon Kathleen Johnson, Jan Rimerman,  Rene’e Rowe, Gayle H. Seely, Russell J. Young, Peg Wells and Zifen Qian.


CONTRASTS, an exhibition of contemporary art, representing the finest in painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, fiber art, and more—from selected regional, local and emerging artists.

On exhibit Sept. 25, 2019




“Beach Fresco” by Martha Lee. Oil impasto on canvas, framed in basswood.

Q: What is impasto painting, you ask?

A: Impasto is an art term used to describe thickly textured paint that is almost three-dimensional in appearance. Using an impasto technique often leaves visible brush strokes in the finished painting. Impasto is a type of sculpture—but for painters it is on a canvas.


Q: What is basswood, you ask?

A: A premier hardwood, basswood is a preferred species among high-end shutter manufacturers and framers. Basswood can be creamy white in color or pale to reddish-brown.


Martha Lee’s paintings are inspired by her passion for the natural world. She set up her first studio in Seattle in 1982 and has been creating in oil, pastel and mixed-media ever since.


Her work consists of textured surfaces, and her goal is the let the mysteries emerge, infusing each work with a sense of timelessness, universality and infinity.


She continually attempts to capture the changing light effects of dawn, dusk and twilight and the mysteries of nature.


Lee has studied in Seattle with several Northwest masters at the Factory of Visual Art. She has traveled to Italy several times, and much of her fresco work is influenced by those trips.





Ancient secret gardens, places and frescos, these are things of
antiquity that have inspired my paintings.

Organic forms, patterns, textures, changing light effects and rich,
luminous color of sea and bay are the subjects of my work.

Currently I am working on the “Bay Vistas”, surrounded by wild
beauty and spectacular sunrises that gild all with glowing gold.


Martha Lee grace note #1

“Thank you for agreeing to show my work in your lovely gallery. I’m excited to have my paintings exhibited on your walls.” — Martha Lee


Fairweather Gallery display featuring the golden  sunset kissed art of Martha Lee.

In the background, art by Agnes Field, Carmela Newstead, Diane Copenhaver and Barbara Martin.


Martha Lee note #2

“Thank you for so graciously welcoming me into your elegant gallery.  I feel privileged to be a part of it.  And how thoughtful your thank you notes are and deeply appreciated.  Peace to you and those you love.”  Martha Lee