Lee began painting in 1979 and studied with several teachers. From 1985 to 1988 she studied oil painting with David Moore. In 1993 Lee won the AME Bale Traveling Scholarship which enabled her to travel and live for a year in Europe. Whilst there she studied classical painting and drawing at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. She also toured the major European galleries and worked for a month in the Prado Museum, Spain, as a copyist. Subsequent study tours have taken Lee to New York, Boston and Washington.
With 30 years experience as a teacher, both here and in North America, Lee teaches both weekly classes and workshops in portraiture and still life. She also demonstrates, judges and undertakes portrait commissions.
Lee is a signatory member of the Victorian Artists Society and a member of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society.