“As an artist I aspire to speak visually through my work about the beauty that exists in the natural world. For me capturing the essence of a location, the light as it moves across the landscape and the related emotions invoked by the sounds, fragrances, heat, cold and wind as they speak to me become considered reflections of a ‘sense’ of place that satisfies me and that I hope speaks to others.” – DeLee Grant
DeLee Grant participated in her first Plein air workshop in 2007 at the world-renowned Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus where she discovered her passion for painting “en Plein Air” (in the open air). It was a natural merger between her love for painting and the great outdoors. She continued to hone her skills by training with internationally acclaimed artists in France, Italy, Canada and the U.S. She has travelled extensively and painted Plein air landscapes in North America and Europe.
Her pursuit of excellence has been rewarded. In 2016, she received an Award of Merit at the Escalante Canyons Art Festival (Utah) and 3rd Place in the Arches National Park Quick Draw, Plein Air Moab, (Utah) where she competed with artists from all over the U.S. and some as far away as England. In 2019, she received the Award of Excellence at the Escalante Canyons Art Festival (Utah).
DeeLee is inspired by Monet, The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson for their use of colour and adventuresome spirit. Although landscapes are a favourite subject, she also enjoys painting florals, still life and animals. She loves to teach and share what she has learned with others.
As a RAC member, her work is exhibited at the LOBBY GALLERY (Regina Performing Arts Centre, Regina, Saskatchewan). As well, she is a member of the Brushworks Art Guild, Art Gallery of Regina, CARFAC, and is a juried member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council.