Biographical Sketch

Gloria in her San Pedro Studio

Gloria in her San Pedro Studio

Gloria D. Lee has spent more than 53 years teaching others in the academic fields of English, history, geography, science, as well as speech, drama and art. After graduating from the University of Iowa, Lee began teaching middle school in CA.

During a leave of absence from teaching, Lee spent 4 years living aboard a 50’ sailboat, sailing to San Francisco and Sacramento and the northern California Delta region. Lee crewed to Hawaii aboard a 38’ boat and back-packed in the Hawaiian Islands. In 1977 she crewed aboard a sailboat in the islands of Tahiti.

Lee continued to teach young people until 1990 when she began teaching adults painting and printmaking. During the time spent teaching, Gloria also studied at State University of Long Beach and Fullerton, Otis Art Institute, and University of California, as well as learning from numerous masters’ workshops in painting and printmaking. Lee taught adults painting and printmaking in the adult division of LAUSD, Los Angeles, California for 22 years, and formerly taught pastel painting and drawing at Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes Peninsula, California. Currently Lee teaches printmaking at the Palos Verdes Art Center. Lee holds a Lifetime Secondary Teaching Credential.

In 2005 Ms. Lee was honored as “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” by Emerson Adult School affiliated with the L.A. Unified School District and the Westchester-Marina Chambers of Commerce.

Lee has served on several National Art organizations’ boards.
Gloria D. Lee has curated student shows in Palos Verdes and Westchester, CA. She has also been a juror and demonstrator for numerous art organizations. Today Lee paints in various mediums and creates monoprints as well as etchings and collographs.

UCLA Medical Center, among other collectors, owns her work. Galleries which sell her work include Gail’s Frames and Gallery in Manhattan Beach and Studio 345 in San Pedro, California.

Online galleries: as well as Publications include Palos Verdes Style Magazine: “First Thursday”, Watercolor Magic: Betsy Dillard Stroud “Challenge”, Palos Verdes Art Center Class Schedule cover painting, South Bay People: “Watermedia-Traditional and Experimental”, and a coffee table book: Palos Verdes Peninsula Area Artists by Stephen Smoke; published by MS Publishing, 2005. Other books to include her work are “The Creative Muse” by Betsy Dillard Stroud”, “Skirts Across the Sands” by Jan Dennis, “Artistic Touch 4” by Chris Unwin; the Society of Layerists in Mixed Media book: “Visual Journeys” as well as a small book: “There’s No Place Like Home”. Another Layerists book is in the process of publication.

Gloria D Lee, 2015