About The Artist, H.M. Lee
Although she’s spent time as an adult at Harvard Business School, H.M. Lee has been an artist her entire life. When she was 7, she won an award for a written essay and was invited to read it aloud on local radio. A year later she won another award for her vocal and piano performance. In high school, she went to state competitions for classical piano performance.
As a university student, Ms. Lee switched to visual art and created several Super-8 and 16mm Bolex film/video shorts, documentaries, and commercials (won an award in the latter category) and then later studied prose and poetry at Northwestern University.
In Europe, she studied short story writing under Francine Prose and Margot Livesy and 16 years later received a scholarship to attend the Highlights Children’s Writers Workshop where she met and later received further guidance from Coretta Scott King Award recipient/illustrator Floyd Cooper.
Her collage work being influenced by artist Lynn Pauley with whom she studied drawing and painting at Parsons School of Art in 1999, Ms. Lee created the picture book Suriso with collaged art and simple lines from 2010-2012. Thereafter, spending at least 4 years of “alone time”, she further developed her own artistic aesthetic, even experimenting with sculpture from recycled sterling silver — along with other more natural materials — and in 2015 had her first solo show in Portland, Oregon’s Pearl District. Her artwork may be also found in home galleries all across the world.
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