Living in Manassas, Virginia, Lee Forrest Brinckley is an artist who believes art should be generative through cultural stewardship and beauty. Lee creates abstract expressionist paintings with egg tempera. From an early age, he loved to create and has worked in different mediums including oil, acrylic, pastel, and pencil. He attended Greenville College (now Greenville University), studied under artist Guy Chase and received his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art.
Over the last 20+ years, Lee and his family have lived in Missouri, Texas, Illinois, Iowa, and Virginia. He has held positions from a counselor at Youth-Reach Houston in Texas to a director at a strategic communications firm in Virginia. Currently, he is the owner and chief strategist of Lee Forrest Consulting, a brand marketing company, all the while, continuing to create artwork.
Lee’s paintings can be seen hanging at the Vineyard Church of Davenport, a retired rear admiral’s office and several private collections. His art influences include Makoto Fujimura, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, and Jackson Pollock.
In the Spring of 2018, Lee began working with egg tempera to create abstract paintings. It is during this time that he met world-renown artist, Makoto Fujimura. Soon after, Lee, along with Joy Ike, Ty Nathan Clark, Julie Quinn, and Kristen Peyton, was invited by Makoto, to participate in his inaugural Culture Care Art Cohort through the Brehm Center in Pasadena, California. Makoto has been mentoring Lee and encouraging him to use his Call as an artist to be culture shaper and steward.
In September 2018, Lee’s wife became the tutoring coordinator for elementary-age children in the City of Manassas’ Georgetown South community. She saw this as an opportunity to mentor children, many of whom are immigrant children. Lee partners with his wife to tutor and mentor.
In December 2018, Lee became an advisor to One Love Manassas, a transformative 3-day art festival that focuses on celebrating life with the arts. During the festival on April 26-28, he will be a keynote speaker with the topic of Moving from Culture Wars to Culture Care. He will also be live painting with an egg tempera demonstration workshop.