- Title: Unknown – Purple Pansy
- Artist: Lee Mariella
- Not Vintage: circa 1993
- Details: This is an ORIGINAL watercolor, NOT print or litho by a little known artist, Lee Mainella. (See below for a brief history). The painting is simple but the colors are strong and the detail is very nice, it is unframed. The watercolor is signed “Lee Mainella” and the back has a number M55293 as well as his signature in pencil and the date 1993. It was originally framed but the frame was very low quality and fell apart leaving the paper exposed to the elements, therefore, it is a bit yellowed and stained. Luckily the margins are very wide, this could be matted and framed to give it new life again.
- Materials: Sturdy Watercolor Paper
- Dimensions: The paper 8.0 inches in Height, 7.0 inches in Width. The actual painting is 6.5 in Height (including signature), and 4.o inches in Width.
- Condition: Used. Good Condition. This painting is in good condition, except the paper has yellowed and has a few stains, however, there are no tears, rips, or folds. Please remember these are VINTAGE and ANTIQUE items. Every effort has been made to show any scratches, wear and tear and imperfections. Refunds will not be given unless there’s gross misrepresentation of condition.
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Lee F. Mainella was an artist and longtime television newsman. He lived in Havana, Florida with his wife of 28 years, Fran Mainella. Lee was a television broadcast anchor for the Florida Channel, from 1984 to 1990 he covered Florida’s state government for 11 television stations throughout the state. But he also liked to take photographs and paint, in 1990 he left journalism to pursue painting full time. He renovated a former auto body shop and turned it into the Florida Art Center and Gallery in downtown Havana, where he displayed his own work along side that of others. In 1997 he went back to journalism part time, as the producer and anchor of the Legislature’s Capitol Update, a statewide program covering the regular legislative session. Mainella’s watercolor paintings were featured in numerous private collections and Florida art galleries. Lee Mainella died in April of 1999, he was 53.