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*Do the paintings come framed or need to be framed?
All paintings are on gallery-wrapped canvases or wood panels with the painting continuing onto the edges, and are ready to hang–no framing necessary.

Click here for examples of what Cedar Lee paintings look like from the side. The edges of smaller paintings are commonly 1.5″ deep, large-scale paintings, commonly 2.5″ deep. Please inquire if you need the specifics about a particular painting.

The “wood” referred to in “Oil on Wood” usually refers to a hand-crafted solid panel similar to this. I only use high-quality archival materials. Please inquire if you’d like to know the specific materials used for a particular painting.

*Is shipping included in your prices?

I am committed to giving my customers a great deal on shipping! Shipping will be calculated at checkout.

Paintings ship out as soon as possible once payment has been received in full and cleared.

The utmost care is taken when packing and shipping sold artwork. There may be a wait period of up to a week to allow for packing of very large paintings.

Local to Portland, OR? Ask about free pickup or delivery and installation of artwork!

Please email if you have any questions about shipping, pickup or delivery of artwork: Cedar@ArtByCedar.com

*What forms of payment do you accept?
Payment is accepted via credit card, PayPal or Venmo. If you prefer a direct bank transfer, contact me to have an invoice emailed to you.Paintings are not shipped until payment clears in full.

*Can I purchase with a payment plan?
Absolutely! You can put down a deposit on a painting then pay in installments. Once you’ve agreed to a timeline of monthly payments, and your first payment has cleared, your artwork will be marked as “sold” and reserved for you. You will be billed monthly on the agreed-upon schedule. Your artwork will be shipped to you promptly as soon as your final payment clears. Ask about starting a payment plan.

*What does “currently showing in galleries” mean?
Some paintings may currently be on display in art galleries, on consignment or as part of an exhibit. The current location of each painting is listed in its caption on this page. Contact the galleries directly to purchase.

*Are the paintings on this page the only originals available?
Yes. If you’re looking for a particular painting but you don’t see it here, unfortunately it has already been sold.

*Can I commission a custom painting?
This depends on what you are looking for and my current workload. It never hurts to ask! Read my commission policy before contacting me.

Can I purchase prints?
Yes! Check out my selection of affordable, high-quality art prints right here: Cedar Lee Art Prints
You can also find my art printed on note cards, face masks, tote bags, notebooks, and wall tapestries through Fine Art America.

About

Cedar Lee

Biography

Cedar Lee Artist

My name is Cedar.

I create large-scale original paintings of inspiring landscapes.

Having moved around the U.S. a lot, I consider myself a native of both the East and West Coasts.

I hold an art degree from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. I’ve sold my paintings since I was 12 years old. I had my first solo show at age 16, and I’ve sold my art through galleries since 2006.

I’ve worked as an artist in many capacities: I’ve worked on murals, large contracts, book illustrations and covers. I also do commissioned work. I enjoy working with art consultants, designers, architects, and individual clients to provide original art as well as art prints for home and office settings.

I work with publishers and authors to provide art illustrations for books, other publications and websites. I’ve licensed my artwork for various business and personal uses.

I paint in a small, light-filled studio in my back yard. My paintings fill every wall of my home.

New collectors of my work often discover me through social media, including Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

My original paintings are valued from $500-$7,000. I offer a selection of affordable art prints starting at $39, with new images added each year, and my artwork is printed on a variety of products through Fine Art America.

When I’m not in the studio, I’m often writing about and marketing my art, shipping and delivering paintings to galleries and buyers.

I live in Portland, Oregon with my boisterous family. I love tending to my house plants and working in my vegetable and flower garden. I am absolutely enamored with dogs and can often be found at the local dog park hoping a dog will say hello to me.

I’m always reading, but my “books to read” list is always expanding faster than I can read them. I travel and spend time outdoors as often as possible to satisfy my thirst for adventure and beautiful places.

Art Inspiration:

I’ve created more than 600 paintings so far, depicting tree canopies and forests, garden images and plants, the sun and sky, the symbolically rich Tree of Life, colorful images of solar eclipses and the cosmos, as well as florals, portraits, animal portraits, and various landscapes. Practically all of my hundreds of original works have been sold, to private art collectors as well as corporate and public art collections.

I’m best known for my paintings of the forest and trees. I began painting trees during my college years, when I attended Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. The campus is in the middle of about 300 wooded acres. I spent my time between classes hiking alone on the trails in those woods, and that inspired me to try to paint how that felt.

Then, years later, having moved to the west coast, I finally got to see the California redwoods in person, in 2014. That incredible experience really made me fall in love with painting the forest all over again.

Many of my paintings are filled with sparkling light, rainbow prisms, bursting rays of light and lens flares, all in the context of standing under the peaceful shelter of a forest. The result is joyful, energizing images that give my viewers a peaceful feeling of wonder and help them celebrate their own experiences of Earth’s beautiful forests.

Nature, ecology and the connectedness of life on Earth have always been prominent themes in my work. Living in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by my own veggie and flower gardens as well as the glorious wilderness: trees, rivers and mountains, has influenced my work in recent years.

In 2020 I painted the “Plant Mama” series, which continued my exploration of brilliant sunlight and vibrant colors. In this series, as the Covid-19 pandemic hit, I decided to paint the plants in my garden and the potted house plants throughout my home. Plants have been a source of joy and endless fascination for me throughout my entire adult life. I began exploring my own relationship to my plants, and all the emotions they inspire in me, by incorporating the plant life around me into self-portraits.

All my work celebrates humanity’s connection to the natural world. I intend for my imagery to serve as a reminder of our shared responsibility to protect our environment, and to have a peaceful and healing effect on viewers. My hope is that when people see my paintings, they will dwell upon how much they love this world, and that they’re not separate from it, but a part of it.

Much of the symbolism in my work has addressed the immense challenge of trying to be my best self. Nature imagery has always helped me to zoom out and feel connected to the whole universe, to look at the big picture of my own life as well as all life on Earth. We are here. We are now. What are we gonna do with that?

Art Process:

Acrylics are my current medium of choice. Throughout the years I have painted with oils as well.

I don’t limit myself to any specific substrate and I love working with different materials. I paint on canvases, wood panels, and live edge slabs.

A live edge slab is a cross-section of a tree with the organic curved edges of the trunk left alone, in contrast to piece of lumber where the edges are cut to be straight. I often leave the most beautiful features of the wood grain exposed, working the natural details of the wood into the designs of the artwork. Each one of these pieces is uniquely interesting, just like the trees the slabs came from.

Besides painting on live edge slabs, I also create tondos, which are paintings in a circular shape. I’m drawn to the pleasing visual simplicity of the circle.

My usual process is to plan out my painting with the help of photos and collage, then make a printout of my plans to work from. Once I transfer the important parts of my plan onto my canvas, I look at the plans less and less as I let the painting process take over. I usually block in all the large areas of color first, then add more layers of detail until it feels finished. For me, art is a combination of careful planning and intuitive play.

I use a variety of techniques and textures in my paintings, including thick impasto texture created with acrylic molding paste or cold wax medium, fluid paint dripped down the canvas, subtle thin glazes of color creating glowing light effects, and details painted with small brushes. I often switch between palette knives and brushes to achieve a variety of textures and effects within one painting.

Within my continual experimentation in the studio, I pride myself on my knowledge of art materials and best practices for creating art that is professionally finished, ready to hang, durable, and made to stand the test of time. In this area I am always learning more and improving.

Much of my work is extremely large-scale, including works up to 10 feet across. There is nothing more exciting to me than creating large-scale, dramatic and inspiring art that makes people say “Wow!”

My work celebrates the endless beauty of this world, inspires environmentalist values, and evokes the calm, grounded feeling that humans have when they connect deeply with nature.

I love creating things that make people happy.

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Shown here are paintings by Cedar Lee created since mid-2005.

Almost all of these works have been sold. See originals currently available for purchase.

Enjoy the “Looking Up” series below, inspired by the giant sequoia forests and other forest hikes.

Walking in the woods beneath green summer trees or evergreens gives me a feeling of joy and peacefulness, of being a small part of something tremendously beautiful, and all being right in the world. The light of the forest floats down through the trees. The fresh smells of plants and earth fill the clean air. I can hear birdsong, my own feet snapping twigs, and small animals rustling leaves on the ground. I’m fascinated by the dramatic angles of tall trees zooming up into the sky.

This series is born of my lifelong love of trees, and my aim is to transport the viewer into the peaceful and magical realm of the forest.

Artist Cedar Lee working in the studio

Artist Cedar Lee working in the studio

Cedar Lee studio

Artist with her painting Autumn’s Meridian. 72″ x 48″, Acrylic on Canvas, © Cedar Lee 2013

Cedar Lee studio

Artist in the studio with Kaleidoscopic Forest. 48" x 48", Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee
Artist in the studio with Kaleidoscopic Forest. 48″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Artist with Art: Onward. 36″ x 36″, Acrylic on Canvas, © 2020 Cedar Lee

The “Plant Mama” series was born in 2020 with the coronavirus pandemic. While sheltering in place, I turned inward in search of a creative escape from the misery of the world. I found a new subject matter for my art in the plants in my garden and the potted house plants throughout my home, realizing they have been an obvious source of joy and endless fascination for me throughout my entire adult life. I began exploring my own relationship to my plants, and all the emotions they inspire in me, by incorporating the plant life around me into self portraits.

Loving plants, enjoying their beauty, their structure and patterns, marveling at the automatic way they create themselves, is as old as humans.

Flora and fauna go together. What’s one of the secrets to happiness as a human animal? Plants. The secret is in germination and cultivation, the feeling of progress that comes with watching seeds sprout and new leaves unfurl. It’s in noticing how a plant responds to sunlight and water. Sometimes it’s the feeling of an easy win, because when it comes down to it, a gardener cannot take credit for anything a plant does. The plant grows automatically. All we have to do is provide it with the conditions it needs then step back.

I have always loved the concept of the divine feminine as a creative force that exists in us all regardless of gender: it’s a balance between actively nurturing and simply providing a space for the growth of new life. Regardless of what you want to call it, this is the wisdom behind the green thumb. And when the growth happens, you get to celebrate!

In the summer of 2020, I was commissioned by a local architecture firm and Home Forward, Portland, Oregon’s housing authority, to create paintings on 14 live edge slabs to hang on all nine floors of the Williams Plaza building, a low-income housing project for senior citizens.

The slabs were cut from two large trees on the property that had to be cut down. The sustainable solution of turning the trees into art for the building lessened this loss. They will go on to fill the building with beautiful, peaceful nature images that will be enjoyed every day by the residents.

The themes of the different paintings in this body of work range from forest landscapes to various flowers and open skies. All of the imagery was inspired by past artwork that I’ve done.

After that project I began seeking out live edge slabs from local woodworkers to turn into art pieces.

This began my Slabs collection, a variety of paintings on the faces of live edge slabs. I often leave the most beautiful features of the wood grain exposed, working the natural details of the wood into the designs of the artwork.

Watch time lapse videos of the creation of some of this body of work!

My Lotus series explores the bold simplicity and deep symbolism of lotus flowers. Lotus flowers symbolize many things, including divine beauty, purity, love (romantic & non), faithfulness, and expansion of the soul. Buddhist and Hindu art often features them.

The lotus is a metaphor for the light of the human soul transcending the darkness that surrounds it. It grows out of a mucky, scummy, vile swamp but is pure, clean and vibrant, perfectly symmetrical, delicate and fragrant.

My inclusion of various pond creatures—frogs, fish, and dragonflies, as well as occasional whimsical floating bubbles, are my way of showing that spiritual themes need not be serious, but can be contemplated from a joyous, child’s perspective.

The Lotus series is striking and elegant, painted in opulent tones of ruby, ivory, sage green and gold. Red is a common thread throughout the whole series. This gives the paintings a feeling of boldness and lively energy.

Artist with her work: Rise Up. 30″ x 30″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Cedar Lee working on Lotus paintings

Artist with her work: Golden Lotus. 36″ x 48″, Oil on Wood, © Cedar Lee 2016

Cedar Lee working: Courage Blooms. 40″ x 30″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

The Sunflower series began the summer I started growing sunflowers in my garden. Through seed catalogs, I soon discovered many varieties of gorgeous sunflowers with fascinating names. These paintings have a bold, modern look and are painted in vibrant oil colors with thick texture.

Cedar Lee Sunflower art

Cedar Lee working on Sunflower paintings

The Sunflower Heart series is abstract and not botanically accurate. They’re based on real flowers, but are not so much about realism as they are about getting lost in the exquisite patterns in the hearts of my own personal fantasy sunflowers. The vibrant colors command your attention immediately, while the intricate details ask to be examined more closely.

Cedar Lee working in the studio

Solar eclipses are rare, and have always been mysterious, exciting, special events for humanity.  I’ve found the singular lucky moment of alignment during a solar eclipse is a visually striking illustration.

I show a real astronomical event–total solar eclipse–with colors and compositions from a world of pure fantasy. Visually, these paintings are an exploration of light against darkness. The blinding, gleaming glow of the sun’s corona breaking out around the edges of the moon, that piercingly sharp contrast, is an indescribably satisfying phenomenon to look at.

Depending on how I choose to present the image of an eclipse, it’s interesting to me how the moon can be depicted as a flat black disk in total silhouette, or it can be shown in the dull red glow from the sun’s reflected light. As a painter, I enjoy the challenge of painting a subject that is, in real life, mostly in darkness–literally an event that blocks out the sun–while finding creative ways to use as much light and color as possible to create a visually engaging, emotionally stirring image.

Cedar Lee Eclipse art

Cedar Lee with her art: A Dream of Joy and Sorrow. 30″ x 40″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Cedar Lee studio

The Cosmic Dance series embodies the concept of balance in the universe–yin and yang. The vastness and completeness of a perfectly balanced universe cannot be captured in a painting, but I attempt to evoke the wonder we feel as we experience glimpses of it.

The sun is frequently juxtaposed with the moon, light with darkness, sky with earth. Cosmic themes in my work evoke thoughts of epic myths and creation stories, intergalactic travel and the unknown mysteries of far-flung corners of our universe.

Cedar Lee studio

Cedar Lee Cosmic art

Cedar Lee working in the studio

The solitary, majestic Tree of Life symbolically encompasses all living things and the cyclical nature of the universe. The Tree of Life is perfectly balanced, the roots residing under the earth while the branches reach into the heavens. Many of my Tree of Life images have a stellar backdrop, and many include the moon. The roundness of the full moon is meant to symbolize the fullness of humanity’s range of experience as we trek through life on Earth.

Artist with her work: Five-Year Plan. 18″ x 48″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee

Cedar Lee working in the studio

Peaceful and inspiring imaginative landscapes from 2005 and on.

Cedar Lee working: Visions of Rain. 12″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2017 Cedar Lee

Portraits of people, in which I lovingly captured that spark of personality.

Artist Cedar Lee working in her Portland, OR studio
Artist Cedar Lee working in her Portland, OR studio

Our pets: Our beautiful animal companions.

Artist Cedar Lee working in her Portland, OR studio

Cedar Lee studio