The National Youth Winner of our online watercolour contest ‘150 Ways to Celebrate’ is Canadian Iris Lee. Born in 1999, Iris possesses an ardent passion for fine art and has aspired to become a professional artist since she was in kindergarten. With support from her family, she began to learn pencil sketching, watercolor, and calligraphy at the age of eight. Later on, she also practiced other fine art mediums such as oil, acrylic, soft pastel, and traditional Chinese painting. In addition, she started to learn digital painting when she was fourteen, granting her another perspective of art.
Gifted with mesmerizing scenery, British Columbia’s environment played a pivotal role in Iris’ paintings. Interestingly, she often sought inspiration at a local town in Richmond- Steveston. She prefers to delineate the beauty of nature; however, the subject of her paintings varies. To elucidate, she has the propensity to challenge herself with different themes and experiment with different executions of the overall atmosphere. Through the variations of colors and compositions, Iris hopes to lead the viewers to see the world through her eyes.
Although she had applied and been accepted to three universities in Canada – Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Alberta College of Art and Design, and OCAD University, Iris decided to study abroad in Taiwan. Pursuing her dream of becoming a professional artist and enriching her skills, she is now a first year fine art student at one of the best universities in Taiwan-National Taiwan Normal University, majoring in western painting.