Round Hill Studio is a locally renowned art gallery perfectly situated in the heart of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia; offering a unique atmosphere and intimate ambience with beautiful and engaging scenery – inside and out! Open year-round, Round Hill Studio is located at 228 St. George Street. Inside, there is an air of elegance with original works by artist couple, Jaime Lee and James Lightle gracing the walls.
About the Owner and Artist, Jaime Lee Lightle
Jaime Lee Lightle’s creative talents manifested themselves originally in the musical arts as a classical violist, while studying and dabbling in visual arts in her school years.
Born in Ottawa, Ontario, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Canadian Studies from Carleton University in Ottawa, where she stayed and worked in finance and administration and human resources for six years before moving to Pembroke, Ontario in 2009. It was here that she was inspired to pick up her paint brush again.
Pembroke is where she met her future husband James, an injured army veteran who was exposed the therapeutic value of Art Therapy as part of a treatment for PTSD. Inspired with their love for each other and their love of painting, the couple then decided to find the perfect haven where they could flourish as professional artists. In 2015, Jaime Lee and James moved themselves and their three dogs to a sweet old house in just outside of Annapolis Royal in the quaint community of Round Hill.
Then in November 2016, Jaime Lee took the leap and opened a gallery in Annapolis Royal where it became an instant success.
Jaime Lee is also a Thesis Candidate through the Toronto Art Therapy Institute (Distance Learning Program) and is looking forward to opening up her own Art Therapy private practice.
About the Artist, James C E Lightle
James was born and raised in Port Hope Ontario. In December 2000 he joined the Canadian Armed Forces and quickly moved up the ranks. A Combat engineer by trade and specially trained in Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) and a Combat Diver, James was at the top of his field.
In 2006, during his tour in Afghanistan, James’ vehicle was hit by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) while on patrol. Due to this incident, James suffered from numerous physical injuries including a shattered ankle of which was career ending.While back in Canada, his emotional trauma came to the surface presenting as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
While receiving treatment for his PTSD, James luckily discovered painting and photography as a therapeutic outlet for his emotional trauma. To this day, James uses art as a therapeutic outlet and as a new passion and career.
Sculpting has taken on a new place in his heart since completing the Sculpture program at Haliburton School of the Arts in 2015 where he achieved the designation of Valedictorian.
James now lives in Round Hill Nova Scotia with his wife Jaime Lee and their dogs where he is inspired daily by the beauty of the Annapolis Valley.