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2020 Artists


Cedar Lee

I have been working on my “Looking Up” series of forest-themed paintings since about 2005. In recent years, my focus has started to shift away from the trees themselves and more towards the brilliance of the sun, how the light, shadows and colors play out as the sun bursts through the trees and washes over us.

My recent paintings all sparkle with this brilliant light! It’s rainbow prisms, jewels, blinding rays of light and lens flares, all in the context of standing under the peaceful shelter of a forest. The result is joyful, energizing images that give my viewers a peaceful feeling of wonder and help them celebrate their own experiences of Earth’s beautiful forests.

In 2020 I began the “Plant Mama” series, which continues my exploration of brilliant sunlight and vibrant colors. In this series, I paint the plants in my garden and the potted house plants throughout my home. Plants have been a source of joy and endless fascination for me throughout my entire adult life. I began exploring my own relationship to my plants, and all the emotions they inspire in me, by incorporating the plant life around me into self-portraits.

The approximately 600 paintings I’ve created so far depict garden images and plants, the sun and sky, tree canopies and forests, the symbolically rich Tree of Life, colorful images of solar eclipses and the cosmos, as well as florals, portraits, animal portraits, and various landscapes. Practically all of my hundreds of works have been sold to private collectors.  

Acrylic | Oil | Painting
Community: SE Portland
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