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Meet Lauren Lee

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Lee.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
As far back as I can remember I have been an artist. I have always been interested in history, storytelling and communication. In high school, I was in art, photography, ceramics, choir and theatre. My life pretty much always centered around art. In college at Arizona State University I was a double major in Women Studies and Studio Art, receiving my BA in Studio Art in 2007. I went on to become a full-time fine art instructor at New School for the Arts and Academics High School. Here I got to develop my own curriculum in new and emerging fields like Digital Mixed Media as well as teach in fundamental visual art.

After five years of teaching, I then left to become a full-time professional artist. My work primarily is in public art currently, I have created three-story murals and other murals half the size of a football field. My work is all hand painted, using high UV, high pigment professional mural paints because of our extreme climate in Arizona. I have worked for the City of Scottsdale, Tempe, Phoenix, Mesa and Chandler. I also have had several galleries shows through {9} The Gallery and GreenHAUS Gallery, with unprecedented success. My Sisters of the Moon show featuring large-scale botanicals at {9} The Gallery sold out in less than twenty-four hours.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Some of the struggles I have encountered along the way were pioneering a new field, such as mural art as a fine art. When people think of murals they often think of them as illicit, but the work I do is publicly funded and is time-consuming. So creating a new dialogue about large-scale fine art has been interesting.

But as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Another challenge has been creating fine art that is accessible to the middle class. Through having my own gallery shows, marketing my own work, and the use of the internet, I have been able to bring fine art to people who desire original art, but felt that it was out of their means. Public art is another way of making fine art accessible to all.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am an artist. My work is in large-scale fine art, primarily murals. I became most well known through my first mural “Three Birds” mural in downtown Phoenix on Roosevelt Row, our art district. People would take pictures in front of the large birds and it kind of spread like wildfire through social media.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success to me is doing what you love. When you can be who you truly are and bring your authenticity to the table and shine, that to me is success.

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Niba DelCastillo

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