Artists ~ Monica Lee ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Monica Lee

1. Tell us about your work
My works are basically for the children’s book illustration, but I don’t put limits on the genre of the illustration that I create. I draw and illustrate what I love, trying to express how much I love them.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
Creating art was my natural instinct. I drew and painted since when I can’t remember, and the only thing had changed was the medium and canvas. Although none of my parents nor any relatives were artists, they supported me strongly to develop my artistic career.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
Literally every visual information that my eyes and brain appreciate with joy and excitement inspires me. I’m especially drawn to the harmonizing combination of colors, and so far there are nothing like nature to perform better on it. I also get a lot of inspirations from old vintage posters and illustrations from 1880 to early 20th century.

4. What’s your favorite item to create?
I love to create a children’s book style illustration with warm, sincere, and elaborated visual aspects. However I prefer these illustrations to have unique mood and deep humor which make the art creative and distinctive. My favorite subjects for the art works are beautiful nature, insects, fashion and decorative patterns.

5. What’s your best seller?
I think my best seller so far, is the watercolor piece ‘Beatle Tree’ that had created with inspiration by the works of Edward Detmold. This art work doesn’t apply to my usual artistic style, but I think it was appreciated a lot because the work is the result of deep consideration and serious work ethic.

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
I move to Providence in 2012 as I transfer to RISD from New York. So roughly it is my third year living in Providence.

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
I love every inch of landscape of Providence. Especially the old and beautiful buildings of the city always makes my heart beat faster with excitement. While staying in Providence it was unavoidable to hear about various old oral narratives or legends of the providence. The atmosphere of the Providence that makes the city nostalgic and arcane is what I {heart} about it.

8. Please include anything else you’d like to add:
If I didn’t choose to come to live in Providence, my art works won’t be the same as it is now.


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