S. Lee Ager was an art teacher and a commercial artist before she concentrated on her first love, oil painting. She now works in the foothills of Colorado, inspired by the area’s great scenic beauty. Her present subjects include landscapes, wildlife, rustic buildings and architectural details, classic vehicles, and rural culture.
Her realistic works feature sharp value contrasts, unified color schemes, carefully planned compositions, and a measure of “artistic license.” She enjoys the challenge of painting complex details, such as the iridescence of a bird’s feathers or the distorted reflections on a curved metal surface.
Ager has exhibited her oil paintings in many juried and invitational shows, including a number of one-woman shows. She has been fortunate to win a variety of top awards, including “Best of Show.” Her paintings are in several public locations and in many private collections across the country. Ager’s artwork has also been the subject of two television documentaries that focused on her lakes’ area landscapes and her series of paintings about the Detroit Eastern Market.
S. Lee Ager earned a B. S. from Wayne State University and a M. A. from Eastern Michigan University.