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Contact info:

caribbeancolors1@hotmail.com

Tel: 011-501-226-0208

Address:

Caribbean Colors Art Gallery

Box 45

Avenida Hicaco

Caye Caulker, Belize

 

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About the Artist

 

Belizean American, Lee Vanderwalker’s Caribbean Colors, appear in private and public collections throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Belize. She opened Caribbean Colors Art Gallery, located on Caye Caulker, Belize in 2001. It is the premier art gallery on Caye Caulker, and is listed in many guidebooks including "Rough Guide to Belize".

 

Vanderwalker grew up in the metro Detroit area and Detroiter's know her best for the watercolor art that appeared in 1990s era Chuck Muer Restaurants' Menus. Pieces in her collection of hand-painted silk chiffon "waves and mist" wearable art have been worn by author and motivational speaker Iyanla Vanzant.  Selected as the key fabric artist by fashion empress, Sharrone Mitchell, for "We Wear the Mask" fashion and dance extravaganza, Vanderwalker set out to paint the town. Some of the featured pieces include giant African masks, hand painted on silk and appliquéd to the backs of coats and capes.

 

Color is key, striking, luscious, vibing color and imagery that range from jungle prints to her own inimitable style of waves and mist on silk velvet. Articles on her have appeared in The Detroit News and Free Press, The Metro Times, The News Herald, The Macomb Daily and The Oakland Press. She has also been featured in interviews on Love FM Radio in Belize and Channel 5 Television News in Belize.

 

Lee Vanderwalker is all about color. Caribbean themes and the art of Caribbean life are not statements about the moment as we often see in native island artists, but Lee’s celebration of life. Lee Vanderwalker is a life-long artist, web developer and graphic designer who twenty years ago spent her first holiday in the Caribbean. The watercolor artist and silk painter has developed an eye for the interpretation and presentation of Caribbean and Island life. As an astute observer, Lee Vanderwalker brings more than impressions of the tropics to the viewer. Lee’s works are consciously designed to make an emotional statement about her love for Belize, cultural diversity, the pristine beauty of the reef and the ethos of Caribbean life.


Artist's Statement

"My painting technique and process involves layers and layers of colors, added to and subtracted from each other to alter the rich and luminous surface of the silk. At times I will lay down color upon color seeking unrevealed treasures. Painting on silk is an exercise in controlled chaos; the results are simultaneously compelling and rich."  

 

Like snapshots in a vacation photo album, Vanderwalker’s  paintings are moments of experience arrested by intuitive recognition of their universal appeal. Her images of the Caribbean are stunning and bright, flashes of pure color, recalling the freshness of naïve art. Exuberant color and simple, freely drawn figures present a primitive naturalness and energy.

 

Vanderwalker studied the serti-technique of silk painting at Stadt Universitat in Bamberg, Germany while maintaining a studio for two years. From 1991-2000 she founded and controlled X-Height Studio, Inc. an electronic service bureau and imaging center located in Troy, Michigan..

And today... Lee’s view from her Caye Caulker, Belize window seems to go on forever. The beach, the sun and the infinite turquoise water deceive you into thinking that there is no beginning and the there is no end. When the sun goes down in the Caribbean, the stars come out and the Milky Way makes us step out of our bodies and reach for the infinite. There, is the doorstep to understanding all things.