Frank Creech Art Gallery

Johnston Community College Fine Art Department and the

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“The Secret Lives of Birds and Beasts”

Clayton, NC artist Lee Mims

Being raised on a farm in Raleigh, North Carolina, created a lifelong love of animals and the “great out doors” for artist, Lee Mims. This love was intensified after she received her Master’s Degree in Geology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lee spent many hours observing the natural world while working as a field geologist for a large mining concern.

Although she had no formal training in art, she was constantly drawing and painting, even as a child. Her painting career began in earnest after she married and moved to a horse farm where she trained horses and often painted their portraits. Soon she moved into painting portraits of people and did that almost exclusively for about twelve years. Feeling the need to express her creativity without the constraints of portraiture, she expanded into animal art and landscapes. While she concentrates mainly on studio work, Lee considers her plein air work both rewarding and relaxing.

An award-winning artist, Lee recently exhibited her work at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, the North Carolina Estuarium, and Arts for the Parks in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Her work can be viewed online at

If you would like to purchase one of these works of art, please contact Lee Mims at 919.553.3435 or e-mail her at

Artwork can now be seen at the Frank Creech Art Gallery on the main campus of Johnston Community College, Smithfield, NC.

March 12 – April 5, 2012
Monday – Thursday
10 a.m to 4 p.m

For further information about visiting the gallery,  please call 919.209-2032Image