Americas Ecology Maine


2019 brought with it an award for best landscape design from Maine Homes by Downeast Magazine. They awarded first place for reader landscaping for my third year garden at the SEED Barn. They say that it takes three years to establish a garden from seed in Maine, so I was happy to have initiated this process with this bit of recognition. Every year, we grow out an assortment of new native varieties to plant as pollinator pathways and native foodways. As the plants grow into maturity, I look into what particular wildlife the plants support and gather open source photographs, from which I create drawings as studies. Observational drawing is one of the best ways to gain understanding of form, and through exploring the relationships of forms, to become familiar with the functions that are the basis of systems. While these open source images are quickly becoming essential to my own work, I have also begun gathering collections of the images to distribute to educational programs so that students may begin forming their own knowledge of the systems at work.

Watercolor of a painted lady butterfly by Lee Lee
Lee Lee: Painted Lady after Joachim Alves Gaspar
Watercolor & pencil on paper | 2019
Watercolor of Samia Cynthia by Lee Lee
Lee Lee: Samia Cynthia Larvae after Diego Delso
Watercolor | 2019
Watercolor of a Brown Elfin by Lee Lee
Lee Lee: Brown Elfin after Walter Siemund
Watercolor, ink & huckleberry stains | 2019
Americas Migrations Mobilities Rocky Mountain West Slow Food


Lee Lee - monoprint of monarch butterflies
monoprints | 2014
exhibited as an interactive installation with Susanna Mitchell in San Miguel d’Allende, Mexico for the Center for Global Justice, Moving Beyond Capitalism

exhibited in the Woodbine Ecology Center’s nature lab alongside dormant crop circles in the Midwest & a dispersal of milkweed seeds.
Lee Lee monoprint of monarch butterflies
Lee Lee acryllic painting of Midwestern Crop Circles
crop | acrylic on canvas | 2009