TAVERNIER, FL, April 26, 2022 – Lisa Lee has been inducted into Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Ms. Lee is a professional artist and the owner of Gallery of the Arts in Tavernier, Florida, on Key Largo. Founded in 2016, her gallery is a place where clients can explore her large portfolio of acrylic paintings, as well as her custom-made artisan cards and unique Japanese flower art, which is a practice called Ikebana. Additionally, Ms. Lee teaches various art classes at her gallery to students of all ages.
Specializing in the Japanese method of Gyotaku, which is better known as “fish printing,” Ms. Lee uses a non-toxic paint called India ink to create her paintings, which involves pressing rice paper onto a fish covered with ink or paint. Bringing the fish’s eye back to life through Gyotaku, Ms. Lee notes, is very important to her.
A self-taught artist, Ms. Lee is not afraid to try new methods or techniques, and she is constantly reinventing herself to keep from becoming stagnant. A Florida native who grew up fishing between Fort Lauderdale and Islamorada, she finds inspiration from marine life and regularly paints some of the most popular fish found throughout The Keys. Ms. Lee also enjoys replicating many of the natural elements that surround her, as well as ocean backdrops, birds and other wildlife.
Over the course of her professional career, Ms. Lee’s artwork has been on display at various other galleries throughout the state, as well as in Chicago. She finds great satisfaction in showcasing her work and having others experience what is still considered a treasured ancient art form that dates to the 1800s. Prior to establishing the Gallery of the Arts, Ms. Lee notably garnered experience as a manager for Blick Art Materials in Chicago, the largest and oldest retailer of art supplies in the U.S.
In addition to maintaining an established career in the art industry, Ms. Lee is a renowned pianist who has performed in various concerts and at music halls and has participated in numerous tournaments. She also teaches the instrument in her studio, which is located inside her art gallery. Ms. Lee presently has 30 students that she teaches every week, ranging in age from four to 70.
Ms. Lee is an active member of the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce. Known for her contributions as a civic-minded citizen, she has donated various pieces of her artwork to charitable and nonprofit organizations, including the Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder. Ms. Lee has also donated a percentage of her sales to The Turtle Hospital and has volunteered her time on a local coral reef restoration project. Additionally, she has served as a volunteer art teacher at various local schools.
Prior to embarking upon her professional journey, Ms. Lee earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in piano performance from the University of Central Florida in 2007. While pursuing her degree, she also had the opportunity to study abroad at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland, a leading international art school, where she focused her studies on abstract painting and photography. Ms. Lee also studied piano abroad in Belgium and France.
To remain aware of developments affecting her field, Ms. Lee is a professional member of the Nature Printing Society, an international nonprofit organization that is devoted to both nature and the art of nature printing. To commemorate her accomplishments, Ms. Lee has been featured in a 2022 episode of “Only in the Florida Keys” on the Discovery Channel. She was also featured on “Art Loft” on PBS in 2021.
Islamorada Chamber of Commerce
Nature Printing Society
Donated art pieces to different charity tournaments
Donated artworks, Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder
Volunteer, local coral reef restoration
Donated a percentage of her sales to The Turtle Hospital, college scholarships for high school students, different local organizations and tournaments
Volunteer art teacher, local schools
Featured, “Only in the Florida Keys”, Discovery Channel (2022)
Featured, Art Loft, PBS (2021)
Piano at different concerts and music halls;
Participant, different art tournaments