geographies

Asia

Lee Lee watercolor painting of Varanasi India
Four women bathe in the Sacred Waters of the Ganga in Varanasi

India

Sacred Waters :: Ganga
This series looks at the relationship with the sacred river that flows through Varanasi, India. From rituals to daily chores, the ancient and monumental stairs host the range of interactions with the waters that flow here.

Poetry Collaboration with Drew Myron: The Making of Dust

Cambodia

Rajavihara: the temple of Ta Prohm in Angkor Wat

China

Silk Spinners of Sou Chou
Part of an exploration of various forms of weaving practiced today, industrialization dominates these portraits depicting labor in the mill.

Hawai’i

Even though Hawai’i is officially a part of the US, culturally it is the crossroads of many different Asian communities living in the America. This series of oil paintings looks at Kalihi Markets and Chinatown streets around the new millennia.

Burma

Confined Shrines of Mandalay

On the streets in Sacred Bagan

Cottonweavers on Inle Lake maintain traditional weaving practices on their hand-hewn looms that fill their stilted wood houses.

Meandering through the Intha market on Inle Lake

Intha Market, Burma watercolor by Lee Lee
Soup stall in the Intha Market, Burma

Central America

Guatemala

Markets of Chichicastenango: Considering the impacts of international markets while meandering through the vibrant Mayan marketplace

Cuba

Pietà: Torched Angels from Havana’s Graveyard
Santaria: Shrines from the African based religion

Africa

The Cradle Project
Raising funds & awareness of children orphaned by poverty & disease in sub-Saharan Africa. Initiated by Naomi Natale of Albuquerque, NM.

Kenya

A visit to the Masai after climbing to the top of Africa

Botswana

Okavango Delta
An excursion through the delta during a roadtrip around the south.

Lee Lee: Consuming plastic painting, Okavango delta
Consuming plastic: Okavango Delta | oil on foamcore with plastic .debris. inlay

Rocky Mountain West

Colorado

This high mountain steppe is my homeland. The dry ecology is where I feel most at home. Summers were spent at the Lazy Shamrock Ranch, where my father became known through the Blue River Valley as a master irrigator. He greened up the pastures using flood irrigation over the course of 60 years working there.
Cowboy paintings from the Lazy Shamrock Ranch
Tack shed still life paintings
Pencil drawings: brand

En plein air:
Spring aspen paintings
Shadow Creek Ranch

Landscapes
Pine: an intimate portrait of lodgepole pines impacted by beetle kill

Hybrid
This exchange with Irish artists looked at the influence each geography has had on the other. The work created for the exhibition in Colorado depicted the long term impacts of the century old mines, wherein the Irish worked when they first arrived in the west. The exhibition in Ireland consisted of digital collages created out of my lifetime of experiences with the Flanigan family on the Lazy Shamrock Ranch.

Cattle in the pen - oil on canvas by Lee Lee
Corralled at the Lazy Shamrock Ranch in Colorado – oil on canvas
Private collection, Denver

New Mexico

We lived in Taos, New Mexico for the first five years of my son’s life. When I started feeding him, I became very concerned with the quality of our food production. We planted a permaculture garden around the ‘Distillery’ and together created watercolor paintings and haiku that followed the seasons of A Year in Grandpa’s Garden.

In tandem with cultivating our own food and starting down the path of a Slow Food inspired life, I created paintings of the chemical impacts of the US industrial food machine out of concern of how we nourish ourselves.
Post Industrial West: REAP
rain | refinery | crop | Titan | slaughter

Texas Roadkill

New England

Maine

Neo Rio 2020: HOME
Hosted by LEAP (Land Experience & Art of Place) as a virtual engagement during the COVID19 pandemic, the work explores ideas of HOME. Our work situates ideas of home and displacement as we reflect on the place we currently dwell.

We moved to Maine in 2016 so that Thatcher Gray could learn about the natural world, forest and sea ecologies in the prime of his youth. With an extraordinary number of ecologists who live and work here, my time here has been invaluable in learning how to work at the intersection of Art & Ecology. The bulk of work created here looks at the relationships of whole ecologies and has allowed me to think about how best to contribute creatively to the restoration of lands both here and abroad.
Insect apocalypse: Bombus

The South

Carolina lintheads
My grandmothers came from the southern Appalachian foothills, of Scotch Cherokee descent. This series explores remnants of our family and ties to the era of industrialized weaving, before the practice was outsourced to other countries.