Mary Yu-mee Lee
To give beauty—that’s the meaning of my middle name given to me by my immigrant parents. Born in Boston, I enjoyed drawing as a child, but seldom had the opportunity between school and working in the family laundry from age 12, which continued through college and medical school. after winding down a full career and raising a family, I am finally indulging in my passion to create art. My other creative outlet has been my garden--I'm “the neighborhood plant lady”. A love of nature and life, of people and their connection to place and to each other, pervade my work.
As a physician and educator, I’ve witnessed much adversity, but also the awe-inspiring strength of the human spirit and a universal desire for peace, hope, and beauty to transcend the most dire circumstances. Beauty is everywhere. My intention is to capture the feeling of moments that offer beauty and hope, whether through landscapes, figures or florals. I’m drawn to the interplay of light, color and form, and enjoy searching for those vital elements that best evoke a subject’s energy without being too literal. Up close, the image may appear to be an abstract collection of strokes, but as you move away the clarity of the image emerges. I admire a wide range of artists, including Van Gogh, Sargent, Diebenkorn, and Toko Shinoda. I work mainly in oils, whether plein air (painting outdoors), from life, or from my own photographs of favorite places or subjects. I also enjoy drawing in charcoal.
Website: maryyleefineart.com (note: there are two “y’s”).
Gallery: In my home by appointment, or my annual open house typically First Weekend in June. Contact me to get on my mailing list.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (note: there are two “y’s”)
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