Lee's art career began in first grade when he created a Mother's Day card that, according to Mrs. Harper, was very beautiful. From second through fifth grade Lee drew cool cars and scary monsters, but to very little critical acclaim. Lee's breakthrough in art came in the sixth grade when he branched off in the direction of portraiture, which led to his first masterpiece: Mr. Zorfus in a Dress, Portrait of the Vice Principal as a Woman. Lee was rewarded for this contribution to twentieth century art with a two-day suspension from school. Emboldened by the attention, Lee embarked on a career as an artist. Lee's work continued to mature, and eventually he went on to earn a degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he was awarded the Louis S. Ware European Traveling Scholarship for his painting.
For the next seventeen years, Lee was held captive by a rogue herd of Wooly Mammoths. (fabricated to shorten biography)
Lee's first foray into picture book illustrating was "Woolbur," by Leslie Helakoski. "Woolbur" received many honors including the 2008 Book Sense Hot Pick, Great Lakes Book Award finalist, and The Gift of Literacy Oregon Book Choice. It was also nominated for following state book awards: Vermont, North Dakota, Nevada, Florida (Honor Book), South Carolina, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Arizona, and Washington.
The success of "Woolbur" led to more books, including: "The Emperor's Cool Clothes" and "Snow! Snow! Snow!" books which he both wrote and illustrated; and several other books that he illustrated for other authors, including: "Turkey Trouble and Turkey Claus," by Wendi Silvano; and "Looking For The Easy Life," by Walter Dean Myers.
In addition to creating books in his studio in Doylestown,PA, Lee does programs for children, parents, teachers, and librarians. Find out more at Leeharperart.com