About the Artist

Susan L. Lee

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I am a second generation Chinese American, mother of two grown children. I graduated from Sacramento State with a teaching credential and minor in art. My art took a backseat for 31 years as I raised a family and taught inner city children.

While my spirit of creativity never faltered over the years, it was relegated to coming up with projects for my students, developing exciting lesson plans, and trying to develop my own children/students passion for art. 

Then, nearly a decade ago, as my sister, Lori went through a devastating illness, I turned back to art, which kept me mentally balanced during this tragedy. During her care, I started to create Chinese Dragon Robes. For years, I had collected and admired the ancient and traditional folk art of paper cutting from China. I wanted a medium to showcase these paper cutting designs and thus created my own images using the delicate handmade cuts. This moment kindled a new passion and a return to my first love~ Art.

About the Art

The emphasis of my work is on individual design, not mass production. All my creations are virtually one of a kind. I personally design and fabricate all of my pieces, with the exception of some of the embellishments...that's where my shopping skills are elevated.

As a continuing student of Feng Shui, the Chinese Imperial Wardrobe, and Asian images, I have designed these collage pieces so they can be placed in an environment to create positive Chi'. This creates good energy over one's physical and emotional well-being.

My work has been displayed at the River Road Gallery in Locke, the Crocker Art Museum Store in Sacramento, Tong Gallery in Walnut Grove, and is currently in the Chicago Chinese American Museum in Chicago, Illinois, Japanese American Museum in Los Angeles, CA, and the Eastwind Book Store in Berkeley, California. In February, 2015 my art was featured on the cover of INSIDE publication here in Sacramento, California.