Photo by  Ken Etzel

Photo by Ken Etzel

Emilie Lee (b. 1981) is a classically trained oil painter who's work is inspired by her adventurous lifestyle and the joy she finds in nature. From the deserts of southern Utah to the Japanese Alps, her plein air paintings celebrate the beauty and peace she finds in wild places. Through her writing and collaborations, Emilie has helped raise awareness and money in support of conservation efforts in the places she paints. Her greatest influences are the Hudson River School painters and their Russian counterparts - the Peredvizhniki. 

After earning a degree in illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004, her work as a freelance writer and illustrator was published by outdoor adventure publications including “Alpinist Magazine”, Patagonia, and “Rock and Ice.” In 2008 Emilie moved to New York where she spent four years studying with renowned painter and educator, Jacob Collins. For three years after that she was a principle artist and instructor at the Grand Central Atelier. She is also a senior fellow at the Hudson River Fellowship. After eight years in NYC and a brief move back to her home state of Vermont, Emilie Lee is now based in Carpinteria, California. 

To catch the latest paintings as they come up for sale, follow instagram! You can see some of my paintings in person at Heritage Goods and Supply in Carpinteria, CA. I will also have 12 paintings in New York City at Eleventh Streets Arts Gallery in a show that I am curating this summer. The show will run from June 27 - Sept 5. Join us for the opening reception June 27th 6-9 PM!



             Four year program in academic painting


             Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration  



2012-2016  Resident Artist and Instructor at the Grand Central Atelier, Long Island City, NY

2016-2017 Adjunct professor in the game art and animation department at Champlain College, Burlington, VT

2012 - Present Private classes and workshops in plein air painting, portraiture, figure, and still life painting, and visiting instructor at the Grand Central Atelier and Hudson River Fellowship.



2017              Accepted as a signature member of California Plein Air Painters

2015              First Place Cash Award at Mills Pond House Gallery, Saint James, NY

2015              Stobart Foundation Grant Recipient

2015              Telluride Mountainfilm Artist in Residence, Telluride, CO 

2015              Jentel Foundation Residency, Banner, WY (forthcoming)

2015              Glen Arbor Arts Association Residency, Glen Arbor, MI (forthcoming)

2013              Rabbit Island Residency, Calumet, MI

2011               Salmagundi Club, Membership, New York, NY

2009             Grand Central Academy, Alfred Ross Scholarship, New York, NY

2009-2013   Hudson River Fellowship Residency, Hunter, NY & Jackson, NH

2004             Vermont Studio Center Residency, Angel Award Fellowship, Johnson, VT



2017           Dacia Gallery, New York, NY

2015           Stronghouse Gallery, Telluride, CO

2008          The Lizard Lounge, Portland, OR

2007          Rostel Gallery, Dunsmuir, CA

2005          Edwards Art Gallery, Plymouth, NH

2004          Climb High, Shelburne, VT



2019 Eleventh Street Arts, New York, NY

“Escape, Celebrating the Great Outdoors” curated by Emilie Lee

2018         California Art Club, Pasadena, CA

“Canyons to Coves”

2017 Old Main Gallery, Bozeman, MT

                  "Infinite Landscape" in collaboration with the American Prairie Reserve

2016         Eleventh Street Arts, New York, NY

                  "Wrap Me Up" Winter Small Works Show

2015         National Women's Art Association, New York, NY

                 "Summer Small Works Exhibition"  

2015        Dacia Gallery, New York, NY

                 "Figurative Exhibition"

2015        Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


2015        Salmagundi Club, New York, NY


2014        Eleventh Street Arts, New York, NY

                “Inaugural Group Show”

2014        Edwards Art Gallery, Plymouth, NH

                “Contemporary Traditions”

2013        DeVos Museum of Art, Marquette, MI

                “Rabbit Island: Works and Research”

2013        Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT

                “Small Works Show”

2012        The National Arts Club, New York, NY

                “Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Arts Club Show”

2012        The Grand Central Academy, New York, NY

                “Grand Central Academy Salon”

2012        Jackson Historical Society, Jackson, NH

                “The Hudson River Fellowship”

2011        Mill Street Loft ARTS, Beacon, NY

               “The Great Hudson River Exhibition”

2010        Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum, Golden, CO

               “Alpine Styles”

2009       The Racquet & Tennis Club, New York, NY

               “Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America Benefit Auction”


Bradford Washburn American Museum of Mountaineering, Golden, CO

Entre Prises USA, Bend, OR