“A Day in the Life” with artist/educator, Chester Lees

For Chester Lees, drawing and painting have been foundational in her whole life. Raised in Wales, she trained as a graphic artist. She began travelling the world with her military husband. She was accepted as a pupil by Chinese Master Fung Da and her work was included in the collection of Hong Kong Bank of America. After postings in Germany and England, Chester Lees arrived on the Canadian prairies which inspired her expansive open style of large landscape paintings, bordering on the boundary between realism and the abstract.

Her work is included in the collections of the AFA and the Defence Research Establishment, Suffield. She is also a member of the FCA and ASA. She has conducted art residencies in over 50 CBE Schools including several large murals. She has provided artwork for several Lionsgate movies such as Shooter, Reindeer Games, Neverwas, and The Jack Bull, receiving praise for work delivered on time exactly as requested. A recipient of Global TV’s “Woman of Vision” award, Chester Lees also provides adult workshops and team-building training days for corporate clients. Chester Lees works out of her studio in Turner Valley where she is happy to give individual visits, by appointment.


Chester Lees
A Day in the Life with Artist Chester Lees


Chester Lees
In the backyard with my husband working on a new venture – spiritual retreats using fine arts.


I was thrilled to be invited to take part in the Reflections West Art Show.


Working on large school murals is always a fun project. This 80 ft. long mural was destined for a school library.


I love it when the prairie explodes in June with these beautiful prickly pear cactus flowers.


Sunset…and time to relax.


Chester Lees
A new direction; playing in my studio with abstract concepts.


Chester Lees
Living in Diamond Valley is a beautiful place to be inspired.


What “hood” are you in?

I recently moved out of the city to Turner Valley and am thriving in this artist-rich community with its mountain backdrop.

What do you do?

I create large landscape paintings with sweeping skies, mostly in acrylic, but also employ other mediums on smaller pieces of artwork. I enjoy facilitating custom painting workshops and team-building events individually tailored to specific requests.

What are you currently working on?

With my husband, I am developing workshops designed to give adults a greater awareness of the artistic spirit within. I am also creating a new series of paintings that move my work closer to the abstract.

Where can we find your work?

My work is displayed on my website. Private studio tours can also be arranged by appointment.

You can also find and purchase my work (and paintings from many other Calgary Local artists) at Art Match.



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