“My emotional heart responds to the landscape. My adventurous heart wants to see nature in a new way. My rebellious heart wants to break with traditional Korean ink painting. My whimsical heart wants the colors to collaborate and collide.
I paint because, in the midst of the chaos and conflict of life, I look for serenity. Indeed, serenity is not dependent on circumstances but on a state of heart. As I balance East with West, I use luminous hand-mixed oil colors to capture the tranquility of the lyrical flow of shapes.”
Jung-Sook Camilla Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and spent her formative years in Europe and the United States. Her past experience has been in the fields of international finance, teaching, being an author and executive coach. Coming full circle to her childhood dream of being an artist, she is a painter working in oils on Belgian linen.
“Reflecting on how I began painting again, only one thought comes to mind: courage! Despite never having discussed my work, I was stunned to hear my college student nephew’s comment. ‘Watching you pursue your dream of being an artist has made me understand I can achieve anything I put my mind to.’ The story of my artistic journey I hope will inspire others to pursue their dreams.”