Lee Blizard

Joined Oct 15 2012
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I became a professional artist with the publication of my two books, "The First Rosalie of Philadelphia" and "The Diary of Benjamin Reynolds".  Both are historical journals written in the 1840's.  I transcribed, illustrated, and in the case of my second book actually embellished my g.g. grandfather's entries, making me an author too.  I made these books "camera ready" for my publisher, Heritage Books, Inc., Maryland in 1993 and '94. 

My career took off after that so I left Real Estate after sixteen years and pursued an Art career.  I became an art editor for a magazine in Charlotte, NC, "The Collector",  that had a distribution of 70,000 and sold in England too.   I started doing commissioned work and then began teaching at Edison College when we retired fourteen years ago to Punta Gorda.  I still teach at various places parttime when I can.

I attended the University of Rhode Island and Central Piedmont Community College.  I studied under the late, Boyce Kendrick.  I am a member of the Visual Art Center and  the Arts and Humanities Council of Charlotte County.  I have worked as a site coordinator for Art in Public Places under the Arts & Humanities Council for over 10 years.

I have enjoyed drawing since childhood and I now work in all mediums.  When I became a professional artist in 1993 it was the answer to a life long dream.  My life changed drastically and from then on I began doing what I truly loved the most---Art!!

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