Courtney Lee learned to paint in oils when she was seventeen. Her first oil painting was a copy of John Singer Sargent’s “Head of a Capri Girl.” She studied printmaking in college, working in a minimalistic, Zen-based style. In 2004 Courtney received a BA with Honors in Studio Art from Wake Forest University.
After many years of working in accounting but doing no art, she took a plein air painting workshop with a borrowed French easel and a willingness to try something new. Hooked from that point on, she wanted to see the world firsthand, not just through photographs. In June 2015, Courtney discovered plein air competitions. Thriving on the thrilling combination of travel and pressure to produce her best work in a short period of time, she won Second Place in the “Nocturne” category at Paint Annapolis 2015, Maryland. Her time is now divided between capturing the disappearing rural beauty of her native Frederick County and traveling across the country competing in plein air painting events. www.courtneypaints.com