Local art has made its way from artists’ homes and into the lobbies and reception areas of Johnston Medical Centers in Smithfield and Clayton. Art has the ability to soothe and to aid the healing process, and we’re proud to be able to showcase the artistic talent right here in Johnston County.
Lee Mims of Clayton grew up on a farm in Raleigh where she came to love animals and wildlife. She earned her masters degree in geology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She started painting as a diversion from her career, which shifted from geologist to horse trainer after the birth of her children. For many years, she studied under Bill Tilton, a longtime Raleigh artist, illustrator and author of several art books.
Over the years, she has expanded her subjects from horses and wildlife to portraits of people. Along the way, she has exhibited in wildlife and fine arts shows from Wyoming to Texas and from Florida to New Jersey.
In this earlier painting from 1997, Mims focused on a curious cow. She says the grazing bovines got so close that she had to shoe them away. “They stayed with me for hours, munching on grass. All of a sudden, as if they had a collective conscious, they turned and headed across the pasture. It was as if they were late for an appointment,” she says.
The oil painting, titled “Mom”, hangs above the counter in the reception area of the MRI suite at Johnston Medical Center in Clayton.
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