About the Artist

Lea Wight - Biography



"It is only a few times that any man has the chance or the will to search the innermost bravery of other human faces."

Thunder on the Left - Christopher Morley


Lea Colie Wight was born in Philadelphia, Pa in 1951.  She earned a BFA from The Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1974.  In 2003 Lea discovered Studio Incamminati, an intensive Atelier founded in Philadelphia by renowned artist Nelson Shanks and entered as a student.  After completing her studies Lea was invited to join the teaching staff rising to become one of the lead teachers at that school.  Lea periodically served as teaching assistant to Nelson Shanks at The Art Students League in New York and has served as lead instructor for various Studio Incamminati workshops as well as her own workshops.  She has been awarded an Honor Award at the Portrait Society of America’s national competition in 2009 and in 2010 as well as a Certificate of Excellence in 2011. Her work has been featured in numerous publications. 

Lea maintains a studio in Manasquan, New Jersey as well as in Philadelphia.

Represented by Haynes Galleries - Thomaston, Maine & Nashville, Tennessee

New Masters Gallery - Carmel, California

Kristin Yeary Gallery - Aspen, Colorado

Main Street Gallery - Manasquan, New Jersey




Selected Exhibitions and Competitions

2013 The National Arts Club, NYC - Solo Exhibition October 7th - 26th 

2013 Haynes Galleries "Four Figurative Artists" Thomaston, Maine & Nashville, Tenn

2013 The Year of the Woman, Artists House Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa

2013 Drawing Show - Haynes Galleries

2013 ARC Salon

2013 Salmagundi Club

2013 Women Painting Women Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Va

2013 Contemporary Realism Biennial, Fort Wayne Museum of Art

2013 Inspiring Figures, Butler Institute of Fine Art, Honor Award

2012 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Evergreen Gallery, Colorado

2011 Portrait Society of America Annual National Portrait Competition - Certificate of Excellence

2011 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Devin Galleries, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

2011 Freeman Gallery, Philadelphia - The Artists of Studio Incamminati Exhibition

2010 The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio - Inspiring Figures exhibition - Honor Award

2010 Contemporary Realism Biennial,  Fort Wayne Museum of Art, September through November, 2010

2010 Interior show,  March 2010  Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, Ca

2010 Oil Painters of America Annual National Exhibition, Legacy Gallery, Az

2010 Portrait Society of America Annual National Portrait Competition – top 15 finalist – Honor Award

2010 Salon International – Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX

2009 Portrait Society of America Annual National Portrait Competition, top 10 finalist – Honor Award

2009 Salon International – Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, 3rd place and Honorable Mention – Daniel Green juror

2009 FAN Gallery, Philadelphia, Group Show

2009 Art Renewal Center annual Salon – Semi Finalist

2009 The Ambassador’s Show: Portrait Society of America,

Bernardsville, NJ

2009 Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, National Arts Club, RAI Award

2009 Bucks Gallery of Fine Art, group exhibition

2009 Markheim Art Center Exhibition

2008 Solo Show “Beyond Classical Realism: Paintings of Light and Color” Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ

2008 Drawing Magazine, Finalist in the Cover Competition

2008 Studio 21 Gallery, “The Art of Drawing”, Charlotte, NC

2008 International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art Salon

Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas

2007, 2006, 2005 American Red Cross Benefit Show, Princeton NJ

2006 “Mastery and Meaning” The Union League, Philadelphia

2006 The Art Student’s League, New York group exhibition

2005 The Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Annual Juried Exhibition


Notable Collections


Mr. and Mrs. Derek Pew

Mr. and Mrs. George Harms

Mr. and Mrs. James Orphanides

Mr. J. McFadden

Mrs. Carol Fitzgerald

Navy Cmdr. Ellen Emerson

Mr. and Mrs. George Lucas, NJ

The Larry and Anne Hall Collection




In Print


The Artist’s Magazine, Feature Article, “Stillness and Light” April 2011

International Artist Magazine, February/March 2011

Classical Life Drawing Studio, Lessons and teachings in the Art of Figure DrawingHardcover book - The Art Students League of New York

American Artist Magazine, November 2010, article, Inspiring Figures: Portraits by Women

 American Art Collector, May 2010, article - American Legacy

International Artist Magazine, August 2010, article - The Art of the Portrait

American Artist Magazine, November 2009

 “Lea Colie Wight – Painting What You See at a Glance” featured artist & cover

American Artist Drawing Magazine, Summer 2008

The Art Renewal Center web site - Ateliers

American Artist Drawing Magazine, Fall 2007

The Art Students League of New York 2006 & 2009 catalog

Broad Street Review, Philadelphia, November 2006

American Artist Workshop Magazine, winter 2005


Teaching and Workshops


2014 Martinsville Studio, Portrait in Color March 28-30

2012, 2013 & 2014 Intensive and Advanced figure painting workshops - Studio Incamminati, Philadlelphia

2012 Great Falls Virginia workshop

2011 Portrait Society of America National Conference - Faculty

2011 Weekend With the Masters - NYC June 22 - 25th - Faculty

Winter 2011 Still Life Workshop January

Winter 2010 Still Life Workshop January 25 – 29

2005 to Present Instructor Core Program, Studio Incamminati

2008 & 2009 Lead Instructor Studio Incamminati Intensive workshops

2005 to Present Instructor Advanced Workshops, Studio Incamminati

The Art Student’s League of New York, teaching assistant to Nelson Shanks



Memberships and Affiliations


The Salmagundi Club, NYC

Catherine Lorillard Wolf Art Club, NYC

Pastel Society of America

Portrait Society of America

Oil Painters of America



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