Lee Lee



Though Burma is now officially called "Myanmar", I have heard from refugees that refrencing the official name supports the severity of the regime.

One of the most repressive regimes in the world today, people there have an extremely difficult life, with little opportunity for self expression. At the same time, they are some of the most profoundly spiritual people I've met in their manifestation of Theravadan Buddhism.


weave paintings of a family on Inle Lake

confined shrine mixed media works on paper

right: weave; oil on canvas 2007

Lee Lee - Inle Lake Cottonweaver




Depicting Buddhist shrines in Myanmar which are kept locked in steel cages as a reflection of the severity of the current regime.

Series of multi media works on paper developed at the Ragdale Foundation, 2.08

confined shrine

right: Myanmar - confined shrine - xerograph & watercolor on collage, 2008

Lee Lee - painting of Burmese shrine

Intha Market


An extension of the Guatemala series, these vignettes explore a tribes from the other side of the globe. Subjected to one of the most severe regimes in the world, Intha and Shan people demonstrate incredible resilience. As we revive traditional techniques of growing and consuming food here in the US, I feel there is much to learn from those who, out of necessity, maintain strong links to their traditions.

right: Intha market - Myanmar


silk factory in Sou Chou






right: spin;, ballpoint on layered vellum, 2007

Lee Lee - Chinese silk spinner


Land of extremes

morning rituals performed along the Ganga in Varanasi






right: the making of dust; tar, pencil & watercolor on paper, 2006

Lee Lee - India - ritual on the Ghats


Inspired by Angkor Wat and the Cambodian resilliance of spirit, but struck by the devistation still in effect from Pol Pot's regime.

Angkor Wat






right: Angkor shrine; oil on canvas, 2007

Lee Lee - Cambodian shrine


Living in Oahu allowed a glimpse of this magical and expansive land

Markets in Chinatown & Kalihi



right: Spitting Caves, oil on masonite, 2004

Lee Lee - Spitting Caves, Hawai'i

Viet Nam

Since my first visit at 15 in 1990, Viet Nam has undergone spectacular changes. From starvation in the streets to urban affluence, people there have demonstrated a true sense of who they are.

animistic collages

UXO monoprints from the former DMZ

portraits of Nga in Tru Vu's Garden, Saigon

right: Tea Girl; ballpoint, colored pencil & tea, 2003

Lee Lee - tea girl, Saigon


In their struggle to maintain identity while under the influence of the Chinese, Tibetans carry a great sadness.









right: Sera Monastary Debates; pencil, watercolor & tea 2005

Lee Lee - Sera Monastery