I was raised on Block Island, Rhode Island, a popular East Coast summer resort.
After attending Rhode Island School of Design and a six-month solo trip to Europe,
I moved to New York. In the mid-1980’s I began painting after completing a private
airbrushed painting commission. In 1994, after printed fabric and sandcarved glass
design careers in New York and San Francisco, I moved to New Mexico. My husband and
I spent 10 years in virtual silence in the historic village of Galisteo, New Mexico,
returning to San Francisco in late 2006. Earlier sand-carved glass design is included
in public buildings in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and my fine art is included
in private collections in the United States.
For me, the most transformative experiences are selective travels, both inner and
outer. In 1984, I met my husband through a trip to Death Valley. That was the beginning
of frequent travels to the California and Baja, Mexico deserts, leading to painting.
The clarity of light and silence transformed my inner vision. Most recently, advanced
computer imaging technologies and travels through the Web have revolutionized my
approach to my art . In 2003 and 2006, travels to the Hawaiian jungles added new
Twelve years in the open spaces of the New Mexico high desert, and a return to the
color and multicultural stimulation of San Francisco continue to inspire me. Within
this, a simple healthy life leaves room for these illuminations.
My artwork includes new digital art,watercolors rendered in layers of clear colors,
embellished with prismacolor pencil, and acrylic paintings rendered in a stencil-cutting
Travels to the California, Baja, Mexico deserts, an affinity for the American Southwest,
the Hawaiian jungles, a multiculturall spectrum, and the color in sunny places inspire
me. My art stems from a great attunement to color and the clear-cut beauty I see
in nature and the inner worlds.. In paintings, and now through digital media,I enjoy
fusing the worlds through high detail, strong movement, and spatial surprises. As
I continue, I am concerned with the images that cross time, distance and culture.Â
Bringing more of the shamanic, emotional and organic into being, it is my intent
to take the viewer into a deep and transformative place.
Cara Lee - San Francisco - 2009
1985 - Computer graphics classes - Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA
1969 - BFA Textile Design - Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI