Tess Lee

Nana and HaileyTESS LEE

My name is Tess Lee – being raised in the in the home of a Christian Minister along with 5 siblings I was blessed with a loving, nurturing family and a childhood of amazing experiences traveling the South from town to town as my father moved us to each new congregation. I began drawing at a very early age and drew my first commissioned portraits in junior high school. My mother enjoyed telling people I always seemed to have a pencil in my hand…so it’s fitting that my medium of choice is colored pencils.
After high school, I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mississippi University for Women, moved to California with my family in 1987 and over time volunteered to teach art for several Southern California parochial schools. Due to economic issues, I joined the work force and worked in Human Resources for the next 10 years or so and earned a masters degree in Human Resources. Needing a creative outlet, I discovered the versatility and portability offered by colored pencils.In 2007 I stumbled onto a relatively new product called “PanPastels” by Colorfix…and quickly discovered how very well they go with colored pencil applications.
Having just completed a two-year term as President of the Associated Artists of the Inland Empire, I hope to have more time to devote to making art.  It’s been such an uplifting – and fun – time being part of the AAIE, and I look forward to many more years with them.  My work has been honored with numerous awards and ribbons for 1st place, 2nd place, honorable mentions and a Best of Show(pictured below) in local shows as well as international internet shows and contests.  I also have work published in an international colored pencil magazine and a 2016 calendar.


Over the years I’ve completed a number of commissioned portraits, both for family and friends, which are part of private collections from New York to Texas and California.  It’s a rewarding way to spend my time when I’m not working on projects for AAIE.  I’m looking forward to becoming more involved with the PVAA and seeing what the future holds.

Please visit my website: http://www.tess-miller.artistwebsites.com

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