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In addition to developing her art at Goucher, Lee also took advantage of the college's study abroad programs, spending time in Mexico. She has also traveled all over the United States, to the Caribbean and to Europe, and will be traveling to India and Sri Lanka this summer, where she hopes to gather ideas and source material for future paintings.

"My artwork is profoundly influenced by my memories and impressions of places I've been," says Cedar Lee, a graduate of the Art History department. "I chose Goucher partly because of its beautiful wooded campus. I knew that it would be a perfect setting to spark my imagination."

Since graduating from Goucher, with a 4.0 GPA and honors in her major, nature has become the backdrop for much of her artwork. Lee has been working towards becoming an established artist, and in less than a year, she has had three solo shows and has begun to sell her paintings professionally.

During her time at Goucher, Lee drew inspiration from her art history courses, and gained hands on experience during her many studio art courses, which included clay work, sculpture, photography, and painting. She also completed an independent study in painting.

"My independent study in painting was an exercise in self-motivation that really gave me the confidence to pursue a direction in my artwork on my own," says Lee. "That self-reliance has become indispensable in my career as a painter," says Lee.

Lee's senior thesis exhibition of paintings, titled "Roots and Wings," gave her the valuable experience of putting together an art exhibition on her own. Now, she participates regularly in juried exhibitions and art events all over Maryland.

In addition to developing her art at Goucher, Lee also took advantage of the college's study abroad programs, spending time in Mexico. She has also traveled all over the United States, to the Caribbean and to Europe, and will be traveling to India and Sri Lanka this summer, where she hopes to gather ideas and source material for future paintings.

"My artwork is profoundly influenced by memories and impressions of places I've been," explains Lee.

Her most recent show, titled "Looking Up," is a series of large-scale paintings of treetops against the sky. The show was displayed at the Chesapeake Arts Center, where fellow Goucher alumna, Courtney Barsotti ‘05, is the director of art exhibitions.

Lee continues to expand her community of fellow artists and art enthusiasts. She has started a mailing list and developed a website, www.ArtByCedar.com. She teaches workshops in jewelry design and painting at Anne Arundel Community College part-time, and is actively involved with Baltimore Clayworks, where she has taken pottery classes for the past several years. Lee is also starting to explore the possibility of donating using her work to support environmental causes.

Lee and her husband plan to eventually move back to their hometown in the mountains of North Carolina. There, Lee hopes to establish an art studio and become active in the region's flourishing art scene.

Cedar Lee

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