Kang Lee Sheppard Biography
Kang Lee has been painting since an early age. Born in Seoul, South Korea, she earned her BFA in Asian Art and mentored under many master artists, earning many prestigious national awards, and participated in group shows before coming to the US for higher education. After coming to America, she attended the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs graduate courses to learn western techniques including oil, watercolor, drawing, sculpture, prints, silk-screen, and now pastels. Her passion is to learn and experiment with all art forms.
She earned her MA and taught at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and Pikes Peak Community College. Kang Lee is past president of Colorado Springs Art Guild, Arati Artists Gallery and Pikes Peak Pastel Society.
Kang Lee is a Signature Member of Pikes Peak Watercolor Society, Pikes Peak Pastel Society, and a member of National Watercolor Society, and the American Watercolor Society. She has earned a life-long membership with the Colorado Springs Art Guild. She was formally a member of Missouri Watercolor Society, and Louisiana Watercolor Society.
She is listed in Who’s Who in the West, 1998 and Who’s Who in the World, 2000.
Kang Lee looks at the interplay of natural elements from a philosophical perspective saying, “Art allows me to communicate freshness and spontaneity, as well as expressing feelings, which transcend techniques in my painting.”
Kang Lee is a recipient of many international and national awards including Merit Award – International Watermedia XIV at the Gallery of Contemporary Art at University of Colorado Colorado Springs, juried into the National Missouri Watercolor Society Exhibition at Winston Churchill Memorial Anson Cutts Gallery, and juried into the International Louisiana Watercolor Society Exhibition. Recently juried in the National Watercolor Society.
Her paintings are in collections around the world. She is retired from teaching at the university and is the founder and executive director of Sheppard Art Institute since 1998 in Colorado Springs. She continues to support the art community and at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Art Center, a studio is named in her honor. Kang Lee’s paintings may be seen at Arati Artists Gallery in Colorado Springs as well as on her website www.kangleesheppard.com.