Lee McVey has felt the desire to be an artist since she was five years old. Walking in the woods with her grandparents while growing up instilled in her a love of nature that inspired Lee to focus on landscape painting. Using pastels, she creates landscapes people feel they can walk right into.
She is a signature member of Pastel Society of America, Plein Air New Mexico and Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, and Sierra Pastel Society. Lee is also a member of American Academy of Women Artists, National Association of Women Artists and Pastel Society of New Mexico. Her pastels have been featured in full-length articles in the magazines American Artist and International Artist. Lee's work is featured in the books How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint the Landscape and The Jack Richeson Annual: The Plein Air New Mexico Year. In September 2006, Lee co-organized and curated a landscape exhibit, Open Space: a View with Room, for Albuquerque's Open Space Visitor Center inaugural art exhibit and grand opening.
In 2003, Lee retired from teaching elementary art to devote more time to her art career. Along with school teaching and painting, she taught pastel classes at Kirkland Art Center in Clinton, NY and Cooperstown Art Association in Cooperstown, NY. Lee is now a resident of Albuquerque, NM.
"I paint with pastels to create landscapes you feel you can walk right into."