The Springfield Regional Arts Council has created a registry of artists in Springfield and our 27-county region in Southwest Missouri. The Artist Registry is compiled as a comprehensive catalogue and made available at local design trade shows and business expositions for residential and commercial purposes. Images of the artists' works are also presented in an electronic slideshow at various events and locations.

Click an artist name to learn more and get a closer look at the artist's work. Artists should only be contacted for inquiries in buying, commissioning, or exhibiting their artwork.

Artist Profiles

    Lee Copen

  • landscape,oil on canvas,Oil paintings,original plein air painting,ozarks,regional artist,watercolor,Watercolor paintings
  • Contact Info

  • (417) 247-2589
  • About Yourself

  • I was born in South Africa in 1966. I have lived and traveled around the world, and have seen some of the most amazing sites. Where ever I went I painted. I have always worked as an artist in some capacity, as an illustrator, teacher and fine artist. I love to draw and paint. I work in both oils and watercolor, trying to capture what I see. I currently live on a small farm in the Ozarks, where I continue to paint the landscape around me and interesting scenes from trips and vacations. My work has received numerous awards and honors and can be found in private collections around the world. My work can be viewed and purchase on my website.

  • I paint fleeting moments of beauty found in the landscape. It is not that beauty is rare, I believe the opposite is true, every moment is beautiful but it is also always changing. My art is an attempt at capturing that moment before it is gone. I am especially inspired by skies, water and trees. I love to paint outside whenever possible, because all of your senses are involved in the experience. In the studio I work from sketches and photographs. I paint with both oils and watercolors depending on my mood and the circumstances.

  • Education:

    Bachelor of Art -1988, University of Northern Colorado

    Certification in Art Education -2001, Missouri State University

    Work Expeience:

    Graphic Artist Communication Industries, Golden CO. 1988-1989

    Art Director Hunt/Vincent Advertising, Lakewood CO. 1989-1990

    Architectural Illustrator self employed, Conifer CO. 1990-2002

    Art Teacher Liberty MVBT High School. 2002- Present

    Fine Artist Landscape Paintings, Mountain View MO. 2010-Present

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