Artist's Statement

 " I reside with my husband on a hill surrounded by the mountains of central Virginia. The gentle slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains seem to rise from our backyard, but when I assemble my thoughts for painting, it is ever the mercurial and dramatic skies that command my attention. Enchantment and inspiration surround me, day and night.
Grounded for many years in a style of traditional realism, today my paintings navigate between reality and interpreted vision, creating impressionistic scenes of subtle tension. My approach is both spontaneous and controlled, where quick brushwork, washes, and manipulated light are countered by passages of precise rendering. 

It is my goal to express my feelings—to interpret, rather than record; to inspire rather than simply remind. Evoking the essence of the familiar, I seek to transport the viewer to a heightened appreciation of ephemeral moments in time".

Chee Kludt Ricketts, 2016

         Blending her life-long profession as an art teacher with intensive studio painting, Chee presents workshops for art centers and  art organizations throughout Central Virginia.

      A native of Camden, South Carolina and a graduate of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA, Chee believes  that practice is the best teacher; therefore, she paints daily in her studio.

      Her work is exhibited in juried exhibitions on the East Coast and throughout the Southeast and may be found in numerous regional public collections, as well as private collections nationwide.

 Quicksilver Shower

watercolor  28"w x 22"h

In the Presence of the Sublime

watercolor  28"w x 22"h

Private Collection, Charlottesville, VA

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Tranquil Evening

watercolor on canvas  30"w x 24"h

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