Emilie Lee is a classically trained painter working in the tradition of the Hudson River School. Drawing on her background as a rock climber and adventure athlete, she travels to remote locations to study landscapes that are critical in the field of conservation. Without the use of photographs as reference material, she creates drawings, notes, and plein air paintings while on location which she later uses to inform her large-scale canvases in the studio. As a result, her work is a distillation of time, memory, and a close observation of the natural world. Lee handcrafts each piece of artwork using time honored techniques tested by museum conservationists to ensure the archival quality of each piece.
After earning her degree in illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, Emilie worked as a freelance writer and illustrator for outdoor adventure publications including “Alpinist Magazine”, the Patagonia Catalog, and “Rock and Ice.” In 2008 she moved to New York to spend four years studying with renowned painter and educator, Jacob Collins. She became a senior fellow at the Hudson River Fellowship and spent five summers at this residency for landscape painters. Today, Lee is a principal artist and instructor at the Grand Central Atelier in New York City.
Emilie Lee’s artwork is frequently exhibited in New York City and she often collaborates with creative partners in the conservation and outdoor adventure fields such as Best Made Company, Patagonia, and Stio Mountain, for whom she has been a sponsored ambassador. As a landscape painter she has been featured in “The New York Times”, “The Wall Street Journal”, and “New Hampshire Public Radio.”