About Me

I'm an artist with 24 years experience in art education.

My students have explored Digital Photography, Studio Art, Drawing, Animation, Sculpture, and Game Design. I've taught elementary
(K-5), middle, high school, and college in California, Massachusetts, and Colorado, and participated in faculty, solo, group, and juried shows 
in San Diego, Boston, and Providence.

Born and raised in San Diego's East County, I grew up in the outdoors and enjoyed road trips throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, 
and New Mexico. During many trips to the Sierras, I joined my dad, in
a little boat, or on the shores of June, Gull, Silver, or Grant Lake. I absorbed the beauty around me and spent time drawing while my dad fished. I watched the leaves on the Aspens fluttering in the wind, observed the clouds moving overhead in Yosemite and at Mono Lake, and fell in love with the scent of pine trees. At home, I ran barefoot outside, played with my many pets (a menagerie of dogs, cats, chickens, goats, and a desert tortoise named Mojave) and loved connecting to nature.


While at San Diego State University pursuing my B.A.,
Walter Cotten (black and white photography), and Gail Roberts (painting), guided my development as a conceptual painter and black and white photographer. After college I worked as a graphic designer before returning to SDSU to earn a secondary teaching credential in Art, then a Masters of Teaching in Creative Arts from Bridgewater State
University, Massachusetts. 

Themes in my new work include: sense of place, exploration, and
solitude in nature. I create mixed media collage, small works on 
paper, and landscape photographs. Watch for my portfolio of new work
in 2020 from my new home in Arizona. 

© 2019 by Mary C. Lee, Boulder, CO

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