Monica Lee is an artist, illustrator and creative mentor. She was the host of the Smart Creative Women podcast from 2012 to 2016, interviewing over 300 women in the business of creativity. She was listed in Inc.com 5 Best Podcasts for Women Entrepreneurs. She has illustrated live from the runway during London Fashion Week and Shanghai Fashion Week where she also installed her Beauty to Chaos Series in the DFO International Showroom. Her love of all things feminine can be seen in her current work on canvas.
Her own creative journey led her to launch XO, Monica Lee a petite indie accessories and print line which closed in 2016 to license the art line . The XO philosophy is about capturing feminine energy and ease. The line included fashion illustration prints, clutches, leather shoulder bags , tee shirts and canvas totes.
Monica Lee spoken at Alt Summit and The Lady Project on cultivating your personal style and creativity. As a mentor, Monica helps other creatives find their personal voices through a unique visual coaching technique that draws out an individual aesthetic in everyone.
Her time spent in Paris, London and Buenos Aires as a former flight attendant helped her embrace the elegant ease of cafe life and time honored craftsmanship and beauty.
She desires to express what and how she has seen and experienced the world in her painting.
Captivated by the stories of artists, and leveraging the extrovert nature inherited from her family, she started a website called Smart Creative Women where she interviewed hundreds of creative women and entrepreneurs. “I saw a theme in the successful artists and how their work so accurately reflected their personalities. I realized that it came naturally for some artists and for other artists, it took a great deal of reflection and work.
She felt strongly about the influence that another artist’s work can have on you and the work it takes to develop your own voice. As she defined her own visual voice, she set out to help other artists find theirs as well, developing a coaching process that was devoid of competition and full of self exploration.
“All the things that have influenced you over the years can either make their way into your work; muddying or enhancing it. Studying the work of masters and current artists can be helpful or debilitating, if taken to the extreme.
You are your own master influencer.”
Monica is available for speaking for art commissions and workshops speaking and teaching about finding your personal creative style in your home, wardrobe and career. You can contact her at email@example.com
Her past clients include Fashion Scout London, The Wall Street Journal, Hyperion Books, St. Martins Press, HN Abrams, Niche Media and Interweave Press. You can see some samples of her illustration work here.
When she is not creating art, she is busy planning her next trip across the globe.