One day when she was 14-years-old,
A few days later the locksmith returned with her very first canvas, telling her that he believed she would one day be a great painter.
Unlike most of her peers,
She doesn't rely on the textbook ways to do artwork, instead preferring to keep things fresh and learn while she paints. When mixing colors, she refused to even write down the combinations of the paint she used to make the new color because she doesn't want to be a by the book painter.
"I like the freeness of not knowing exactly what I'm doing. I just go and see what happens. That's one of my favorite things about painting. I don't really know what the end result is ever going to look like."
To make her paintings, she uses oil paints and an artist palette knife. The blunt painting knife allows her to create a textured look and feel with her artwork.
She often paints these images from photographs she has taken or found.
"I like to paint the things that I know," she said. "It's so much fun to bring that image back to life."
She said she tries to replicate the main subject while adding her own creativity to the background and shadows. She might paint a shadow a cool color such as a dark blue or purple when in the photograph it's black.
She said she enjoys trying to paint new things and enjoys the challenge of painting things that she hasn't tried before.
"I just have fun trying new things and a lot of times when I do that, something great happens."
After working several jobs, Lee now paints three days a week for eight hours, and spends the remaining time taking care of her two young children.
As a self-taught painter,
"I'm almost afraid to go take classes because for me, I like the open-mindness of trying new things and not knowing what I'm going to get. Some people that are textbook painters know what their end result is going to be. A lot of times I find out by trying different things that I've created something that I wouldn't normally create."
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