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Great is Your Faithfulness

Self-Portrait with Hebrew Text
"Great is Your Faithfulness.” Acrylic on canvas. 30”x40”. 2019. The Hebrew text comes from my meditations on the Psalms. As the Psalmist wrote, “Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens…If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life” (Psalm 119:89;92,93). In my struggle with joblessness and disappointment, His Word stands firm.

Find Rest, O my Soul

Painted Self-Portrait
A self-portrait inspired by Psalm 62:5 and Matthew 11:28-30. It is a reflection on what it means to rest in Christ. The calm, sky blue, splattered from the background to the face and the specks of red and purple speak to the profound mystery of this spiritual rest.

Rachel Ann (n.), רחל חנה - "beautiful grace"

Portrait of Rachel
Rachel is my best friend, and a strong woman of faith. For her portrait, I took inspiration from her first and middle names: Rachel and Ann. In Hebrew, Rachel means "ewe," but for the purposes of our modern understanding, I've chosen the descriptor "beautiful" for the definition of her name, as this describes the Biblical Rachel (Genesis 29:17), wife and love of the patriarch Jacob and mother of Joseph and Benjamin. The English name Ann derives from the Hebrew name Hannah, meaning "grace".

"Come and See" (John 11:34)

Self-Portrait with Greek and Hebrew Text
Greek text comes from John 11:34 ("Come and see") and the Hebrew from Genesis 16:13 ("You are the God who sees me")

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About Charlotte

Howard County

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Charlotte Mann Lee was born in Columbia, MD in 1996. She is currently an artist at Long Reach Studios and was the 2019-2020 Emerging Artist Resident at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City, MD. She has exhibited in various shows such as Persona (July 2019), HoCo Open 2020 (January 2020), LAG Open (March 2020) and HCCA’s Resident Visual Artist Exhibit (July 2020). In July 2019, she received the Carol Zink Open Paint Award after participating in the Paint It! Ellicott City Open... more

Desert Series

My 2021 Desert Series conveys the experience of walking with God through the “desert” and learning to live by His Word through trials and temptations. These pieces reflect my spiritual journey through the "deserts" of life.

  • Thirst

    Thirst
    Watercolor and Gold on Paper, 2021
  • The Humbling

    The Humbling
    Watercolor and Gold on Paper, 2021
  • The Waiting

    The Waiting
    Watercolor and Gold on Paper, 2021
  • Seeking

    The Seeking
    Watercolor and Gold on Paper, 2021
  • Wrestling

    Watercolor Landscape Portrait Art
    Watercolor and Gold on Paper, 2021
  • Trusting

    California Landscape Portrait Art
    Watercolor and Gold on Paper, 2021
  • Testing

    California Landscape Portrait Art
    Watercolor and Gold on Paper, 2021

Spiritual Journey Self-Portraits

Self-portraits inspired by my walk with Christ through the highs and lows of life. The text comes from Biblical Hebrew and Greek Scriptures.

  • "Be Still and Wait Patiently"(Psalm 37:7)

    Self-Portrait
    "Be Still and Wait Patiently." Acrylic on canvas. 30"x40". The title comes from the beginning of Psalm 37:7, "Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him." This is the first large-scale canvas painting I've completed since graduating in May. The time in between then and now has been a bit of a roller coaster. This piece reflects my amazing experinces in England, as well as my looking to an uncertain future now.
  • "Trust in Him at All Times" (Psalm 62:8)

    Self-Portrait with Hebrew Text
    This is a self-portrait titled, "Trust in Him at All Times," (Hebrew words) from "Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge" (Psalm 62:8). In these 6 months, I have experienced a wide array of emotions. There were many times where I came very close to getting a job I really wanted but ended up with no response and eventually the dreaded rejection email. There were other times when I had put my full effort into applications, only to face a deafening silence for weeks.
  • Great is Your Faithfulness

    Self-Portrait with Hebrew Text
    "Great is Your Faithfulness.” Acrylic on canvas. 30”x40”. 2019. The Hebrew text comes from my meditations on the Psalms. As the Psalmist wrote, “Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens…If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life” (Psalm 119:89;92,93). In my struggle with joblessness and disappointment, His Word stands firm.
  • "The Good Way" (Jeremiah 6:16)

    Portrait of a Woman in a Mountainscape
    "The Good Way," Acrylic and Collage on Canvas, 40"x30", 2019. As I struggled with adjusting to this new phase of life, uncertain of where God was leading me next, I pondered, "Where am I headed?" In response, God struck me with this verse: "This is what the LORD says, 'Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls" (Jeremiah 6:16). I wondered how my spiritual path might relate to my physical journey this summer.
  • "Come and See" (John 11:34)

    Self-Portrait with Greek and Hebrew Text
    Greek text comes from John 11:34 ("Come and see") and the Hebrew from Genesis 16:13 ("You are the God who sees me")

Biblical Names Portrait Series

I've started a new portrait series linking people with Biblical names to their historical counterparts, based on careful study.  

  • Jeremiah(n.), ירמיהו - "raised up by the LORD"

    Portrait of Jeremiah
    The Hebrew text in the painting comes from various passages in the book of Jeremiah. From the top down: " I appointed you"(Jeremiah 1:5), "Sing to the LORD" (Jeremiah 20:13) and "and a hope"(Jeremiah 29:11). Jeremiah the prophet had a difficult task to speak God's Word to a people who didn't want to hear it. When God first called him, he did not feel adequate(Jeremiah 1:6). But God promised to be with him and rescue him (Jeremiah 1:8,19).
  • Rachel Ann (n.), רחל חנה - "beautiful grace"

    Portrait of Rachel
    Rachel is my best friend, and a strong woman of faith. For her portrait, I took inspiration from her first and middle names: Rachel and Ann. In Hebrew, Rachel means "ewe," but for the purposes of our modern understanding, I've chosen the descriptor "beautiful" for the definition of her name, as this describes the Biblical Rachel (Genesis 29:17), wife and love of the patriarch Jacob and mother of Joseph and Benjamin. The English name Ann derives from the Hebrew name Hannah, meaning "grace".
  • Matthew (n.), מתתיהו, Ματθαίος- gift of the LORD”

    Portrait of Middle-Aged Man
    “Matthew (n.), מתתיהו, Ματθαίος- gift of the LORD”, Acrylic on canvas, 30”x40”, 2019. Before encountering Jesus, Matthew, then called Levi, was a publican (or tax collector) for the Roman Empire, so he would have collected taxes on imports and goods from the people (often fellow Jews). Tax collectors were known to commit extortion, which was a violation of the Levitical Law, leading them to be hated by their own people and treated as “sinners” (a despised class).

Art Honors Thesis: A Would-be Perfectionist’s Pursuit of Joy through Faith and Painting

From my Art Honors Thesis(Spring 2018): 

Being a quiet, introverted person, I often feel an imaginary barrier between myself and other people. While I desire to connect with others and share a piece of myself with them, this simple human need often goes unfulfilled. Perhaps this explains my need for creative expression through art. In this expressive act, painting is an outpouring of my soul. As the brush flicks in my hand and paint oozes out onto the canvas, so I pour myself out as an offering of thanks to God, praising Him for the gifts He has given me. Where I have difficulty connecting with others, painting gives me an avenue to express myself and share who I am in the truest, most authentic way I know. My work is an introvert’s look into self. I can share with others what’s inside, and by addressing personal experiences, I can open a forum for others to be honest about their own experiences, whether similar or different. I want to show not only what is on the surface, but also what is beneath, what is unseen, and perhaps let the viewer contemplate this side of themselves. Hence, I use a somewhat abstract, reactionary process in terms of color, texture, and stroke to communicate feeling and emotion in my work. Self-portraiture and abstract painting processes allow me to express and communicate these truths, to share my personal testimony of the spiritual realities of my life in Christ amidst varied emotions, and the highs and lows of daily life.
 

  • Find Rest, O my Soul

    Painted Self-Portrait
    A self-portrait inspired by Psalm 62:5 and Matthew 11:28-30. It is a reflection on what it means to rest in Christ. The calm, sky blue, splattered from the background to the face and the specks of red and purple speak to the profound mystery of this spiritual rest.
  • Meditations on the Psalms

    6 Self-Portraits
    Completed over a series of weeks, this series reflects on various passages in the Psalms, which speak to all aspects of the human experience, both highs and lows. For each one, I meditated on a particular set of verses and let them inform my selected pose and intuitive application of the paint.
  • Lift My Eyes

    Double self-portrait
    A personal meditation on Psalm 121: 1-2: "I lift up my eyes to the hills--where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." In this double self-portrait, one face looks upward, while the other bows down in prayer, reflecting duality in a spiritual moment.
  • Resurrection

    Full-Figure and Portrait
    An expression of the resurrection of my soul in Christ.