Tanya Hayes Lee


Tanya Hayes Lee is a visual artist who works primarily in oil in a modern abstract impressionist style. Her paintings convey the sublime in nature and are visual metaphors for our relationships to the world and to each other.

"Color is the element that is unique to the visual realm, and painting is the medium I have chosen to integrate color into my world. Color as structure, form, meaning and the fundamental and exquisite ordering of the world in its own terms. The vibrancy and depth of oils is unparalleled in the history of Western art and fortunately it is a medium now easily accessible to anyone with the compulsion to depict the world as it exists in our four dimensions – and an ample supply of turpentine," she says.

Lee's greatest inspirations include the nineteenth-century painters George Innes, J.M.W. Turner, and John Constable, twentieth-century icons Helen Frankenthaler, Louise Nevelson and Alice Neel, and contemporary artists Douglas Fryer and Charlie Hunter, as well as many, many colleagues in and around Cambridge.