Lee MacLeod was born in Los Angeles California in 1953. He attended Colorado College and graduated in 1976. He began studying at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 1977. He completed his course work in 1980 and began his art career as an illustrator. His most visible projects were the final advertising art for the films “Batman”, “Howard The Duck”, and “Pocahontas”.
Lee MacLeod currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since moving to Santa Fe in 1993, Lee became interested in fine art, in particular, plein air painting. He is a member of the California Art Club, Oil Painters Of America, Plein Air Painters Of New Mexico, Plein Air Artists Of Colorado, The Outdoor Painters Society, and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. He has exhibited in the juried national shows of all of these organizations. He participated in the Torrey Pines Plein Air Invitational in 2008, and the Paint the Rockies Plein Air Invitational in 2011, 2013 and 2014. He was a field instructor at the Plein Air Convention in Santa Fe in April 2018. Over the years he has had the fortune to study with a number of great artists. His associations with Santa Fe artists, Bill Gallen and Dave Ballew, as well as friend and mentor, Craig Nelson, have been invaluable in formulating an approach to both seeing and painting the natural world.