Untitled (B77) Original


"What does dance give you? The freedom to be who you are and do what you want to do." — Arthur Mitchell.

My love and fascination with the performing arts began when I was thirteen. I had accepted a summer job doing theater with Gallery 37, an arts nonprofit in Chicago that enabled kids like me to participate in several, paid innovative arts programs. Observing how I and other other young actors moved to tell stories has stayed with me throughout my creative journey.

The performers I paint here come from many different traditions of theater and dance. Some are modern, some are classic. Some art street performers, some are just here to be fun and fabulous. I leave it a bit open ended to allow viewers to bring their own stories to the table: who does this remind you of? Do they inspire you to find ways to feel free? I hope they do.

Artwork size: 6 x 12 in.

One of my favorite artist’s philosophies comes from the great Zen Master and artist, Hakuin Ekaku. He proposed that the inner character of the artist shining through gives a painting its power. With that in mind, my figurative paintings explore and encompass all of my interests in art: the exploration of mixed media, the design of shapes and forms by observing the figure, the joy of color and line, and Zen meditation.


Each painting is:

  • One of a kind and completely unique
  • Individually signed by the artist
  • Created with a variety of archival, lightfast materials including Case for Making pan watercolors, Golden SoFlat Matte Acrylics, Caran d'ache Neocolor II watersoluble wax pastels, and Platinum Carbon Black In
  • Painted on archival, Canson®XL® Mixed Media paper, featuring heavyweight (98lb/160g), medium grain texture
  • All prints come unframed. For framing suggestions, please consult our Framing FAQ page.
  • All items are shipped USPS first class in a clear, protective sleeve, sandwiched between cardboard in a rigid mailer.
  • Work is © Vanessa Lee / resetreality.net, shopresetreality.com. All rights reserved

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