Linda M. Lee-Applebaum (Artist - Educator - Linda Lee)
Age 66 South Yarmouth, Massachusetts July 1, 2014 Long battle with Cancer Born March 1, 1948, Cleveland, OH – Linda Lee grew up in Chagrin, Falls Ohio.
From an early age her artistic talent was recognized and she followed that passion through higher education, receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Arts from Ohio University. As an educator, she taught in both public and private schools. Before retiring, she served for fifteen years as Chair of the Art Department at Hathaway Brown, where she encouraged and nurtured her art students with painting trips to Monet’s Garden. She also studied under the famous abstract painter Wolf Kahn.
As her career continued to blossom and flourish, she gained notoriety and created a devoted following both nationally and internationally. In 1999, she retired from her teaching position and moved to Cape Cod to focus on her passion of painting. In addition to beautiful gardens, she found inspiration in Cape Cod’s special landscapes and its unique light.
She also founded Osterville Fine Arts & Design, displayed at Cape Cod Museum of Fine Art, and supported the establishment of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. She was a featured artist in Cape Cod Arts publications and served the community as a sponsor and mentor for the arts program for local high school students.
Linda Lee was one of this country's beloved and notable impressionist artists. Her brilliantly colored landscapes in oil have placed her in the forefront of American representational art, with many collectors prizing her luminous oils.
Her passion also took her on many journeys abroad in search of beautiful gardens and landscapes to paint. This included trips to Cotswold, Provence, Venice and Tuscany where she used these special places as pallets to stimulate, explore and apply her vision to canvas. She was also a frequent visitor and invited painter in Monet’s Garden.
About Linda Lee‘s Art: Her commissioned art is on display in many corporations and by private collectors. Following is a sample of unsolicited quotes:
“Your art work is inspiring the whole institution.”
Jennifer Finkel PhD, Curator, Art Programs, Art & Medicine Institute, Cleveland Clinic
“The painting to us represents tranquility, creativity, and inspires the notion of how great ideas, in this case a beautiful image, can stem from a glimpse or a single thought that may go-unnoticed, but can create great new beginnings for others if only effort is put forth.”
Sherri White, Cleveland Clinic Educational Institute
In 2001 two well-traveled art collectors saw two of Linda’s paintings in a Provincetown gallery.
“It was chemistry at first sight. Linda’s incredible and masterly artistry radiated from the two paintings; this was what we were looking for for so long and never really found until that day in Provincetown. At home where we are everyday surrounded by Linda’s works which never cease to surprise us when we look at the paintings. At any given time of day or night light, we seem to gain fresh impressions and wonder if we just obtained the paintings by further appreciating the beauty and their uniqueness .” Robert and Peter - Montreal, Canada.
“She made the InterContinental Hotel "Classics Restaurant" a huge success with her large paintings of France that was commissioned for their entire dining room” Teresa M. DeChant Art Consulting, LLC Bratenahl, Ohio