As a painter, Lee strives to communicate something to the viewer. While her figures may appear childlike and innocent at first, there is often an underlying psychological undercurrent. The viewer may initially respond to the playfulness of an image, however upon closer look they will find that there is more there than first meets the eye. Line is an important element here, deliberately varied and expressive. Color is also an integral part of the work.
Her current series “I’m Not The Girl I Used To Be” addresses identity and the feminine. Some of the women have deer antlers. Both woman and animal, they shape-shift back and forth between realms. Antlers, like a crown, grow beyond the body. They fall off and regrow again and again, symbolizing regeneration and transformation. As this new series unfolds, imagery relating to Marian Icons, Faeries, paper dolls, and sirens will also be explored.
Lee is an art history instructor at McHenry County College and teaches Art Appreciation online at Columbia College of Missouri. Lee also participates in the Columbia College Study Abroad program teaching art courses and traveling each Spring with students to different worldwide locations, including most of Europe, Guatemala, Turkey, Greece, Peru, and China in June 2018.
She holds a Master of Fine Art in Studio Art from Northern Illinois University, a Master of Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Master of Education in Human Resource Education: e-Learning from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor degree from Illinois State University.