When I was in preschool, my favorite time of day was when I was allowed to draw and paint. As I got older, this love never faded and eventually I went to college to study art.
I use many different mediums, such as clay, acrylics, and pastels. I believe that working in a single medium is restrictive to my artistic process. Each idea manifests in its own individual style.
I enjoy traveling in my spare time and many of my pieces are directly influenced by these different cultures and countries. I love to express myself in my work.
September 19, 1931 - January 31, 2016 Born and raised in Dorchester, MA, Lee led an exciting and eclectic life devoted to creativity. Her life in Los Angeles began in 1999, with her marriage to Fred Silton, with whom she shared her love for travel and all things artistic. Her prolific art career included national exhibitions and she's included in many prominent corporate and private collections. She generously gave her time to many charities including the Zimmer Children's Museum and she was passionate about art education. Lee passed away peacefully after a two year battle with cancer.
Her work aims to serve as the interpretation of the lyrical to the visual state: one that gives us a glimpse of the juxtaposed realities of confinement and escape, free flow and parameter.
Sculptor Lee Silton wakes up every morning "grateful to discover new lessons to be learned and, in essence, loving life." Greeting each new day with what she describes as "continued curiosity" also helps her to create art that reflects the interplay between the visual and the visualized. Given this mindset, it's not surprising that her sculptures beckon onlookers with layers of visual intrigue just waiting to be discovered. More than 20 years of painstaking work using jig saws and band saws, and Lee's minute attention to detail. "I like the physical demands of working with hard materials," she says, "preparing, cutting and shaping objects that combine into a completed story."
In 1999, Fred persuaded Lee to move to the West Coast and that's where the Silton's story of collecting art as a couple began. They started with renovating Fred's 2 story penthouse and created a salon-like space that Lee envisioned as a showcase for art and a meeting place for people and ideas.
Both Siltons favor contemporary art-- "I like the idea of exploring and investigating in my own work, and I respond to others who do that," says Lee--and they collect glass, ceramics, wood and metal art. Before buying art, we decide as democratically possible, they also make sure that each piece reflects the serious intent and integrity of the artist.
The couple also travel a lot. During a visit to Rome and Kyoto, Japan, a few years ago, Lee was taken with the beauty of richly carved church and temple doors, which invite travelers to enter to reflect on life's journey. Upon her return home, she began sculpting "Zen Door." It took Lee more than four months to complete the series of 15 wood panels, each measuring 24 inches square by 3 inches deep. The finished work, painted all in black, is an amazing display piece.
Lee Silton has done many fundraisers and donations to universities, schools, medical offices and many more. As a mother, it was nice to share also her passion with her daughter Wendy Dweck.