Talking about his inspiration and background, Lee says, “I turned 40 in 2014 and, as they say, life begins at 40 – well my painting life certainly came back in full force! I studied art at college but went on to do a degree in English, moving from job to job not really knowing what I wanted to do. A trip to the west coast of the United States, back in 1997, inspired me to use my amateur graphic design skills and I became a web designer. I secured a job in a top London digital agency and for the last 18 years have specialised in branding, designing and developing websites, as well as graphic and print design.
A fantastic Christmas gift of a set of paints, from a great friend, inspired me to dust off my easel and start painting again. My biggest artistic inspiration is Vincent Van Gogh, and as a small child I was captivated by his colours, the swirls and sometimes dreamlike quality of his paintings.
I take my inspiration from things around me and, especially for the woodland walk and flower series, take photos on my phone while out walking. These serve as a starting point for each painting and I use heavy layers and textures to build up colour and form. I build my paintings using a variety of different technique and begin by blocking in colour and later adding layer of colours with short heavy strokes. After multiple sittings, I move into the final stage of flicking paint and colours into relevant places. This is where, in my opinion, the painting really comes to life as it gives the piece movement.”
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