“I remember my parent’s encouragement to create art at a very young age. As I became aware of my abilities, my parents would create various opportunities for me to draw at my leisure so that I could improve my skills.”
During Lee’s high school years, she was pushed passed her technical boundaries. Grateful for her two high school art teachers who prepared her to face criticisms and opinions of all sorts. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she focused on “finding my style” and was in search for a purpose in creating art. She studied the work of Frida Kahlo, which inspired her to paint self- portraits that told truths of my fears and insecurities. My journey has taught me to become more comfortable with creating honest and expressive art work. Since college she submerged herself in contemporary art environments that were immediate and direct; an approach to art that she admires and have emulated her own art making.
While getting a Master of Education Degree at the University of Houston, opportunities to publicly display her art surfaced, and as a result, She was influenced to create art for communal spaces both individually and with the students (high school and college) she taught. She showed work at the Gremillion and Co. Fine Art, Inc., the Community Artists’ Collective, Lawndale Art Center, War’hous Visual Studios, East End Studio Gallery, the Art Institute of Houston, Behuman Gallery, Bisong Art Gallery, Hardy and Nance Street Studios and the University Museum at Texas Southern University and have created chalk art murals in the Houston Via Colori Street Painting Festival for the past 9 years.
As she traveled through her professional journey as an art educator and artist, it is important that she modeled lifelong learning through creativity, exhibitions and community involvement for her students. As a teacher for the past 8 years, she experienced the many benefits of providing students with a quality fine arts education.