I was born Lilli Dean Longbotham in Galveston, Texas, grew up in League City and have a love for the landscape in my native Texas but extend my interest to other landscapes in my favorite travel destinations, including New England, the US South and West, especially New Mexico.
I always loved to draw and paint but didn’t make a decision to follow my art spirit until one day in my early fifties as I was reading a book about art history. The thought “I can do that!” just popped into my head. That is when I decided to go to University of Houston at Clear Lake and major in visual arts. I completed my MA there in 1992 and this eventually led to my becoming a full time painter and part time instructor in oil painting in Wimberley.
Although landscapes and animals are my primary interests I also find an occasional portrait or still life very satisfying and inspirational. I am dedicated to this world of oil painting, which I find frustrating, fascinating and fantastic. The next painting always offers infinite possibilities and is anticipated with relish.
My influences have been Nicolai Fechin, Joaquin Sorrola and contemporary artists Richard Schmid, Scott Christensen and Kathryn Stats as well as Liz Maness here in Wimberley. My paintings are in collections of individuals and corporations across the country and have been described by collectors as having the quality of beautiful light and color they so much enjoy.
University of North Texas, BS
University of Houston at Clear Lake, MA, Visual Arts
Pitzer’s Fine Arts, Wimberley
Witte Global Gallery, Austin
Art Gallery Prudencia, San Antonio
Lilli Pell Studio, Wimberley
I have tried other things in life that were rewarding but I believe I find painting keeps me fascinated because it is so difficult. It is a process of working to achieve something that is illusive and wonderful, therefore, so very worthy of the pursuit. It never feels to be a waste of time and always offers the opportunity to make a difference in my life and others also.
My goal is to produce a painting that actually looks like a painting, with texture, nuance, uniqueness and beauty. The elements of color, line, texture, contrast, and brush work are tools that allow me to express my aesthetic in so many ways. There are infinite considerations to be made with each brush stroke. I always want the painting to be an interpretation and expression of how I see my subject. It is a joy and a challenge that makes daily life an adventure as well as very rewarding to share my search for new understanding with my students.