Shirley Lee served with her husband Keith on the mission field in Japan for twenty years. While there, she taught English to people of all ages, and, in the early years, taught their own children their studies in English while they attended local schools.
Returning to the United States, she became a social worker, working for the Florida Dept. of Health and Rehabilitative Services in Key West, Florida, and then, in North Carolina, for several departments of social services and a mental health center.
Moving to Baltimore, she worked first for the Epilepsy Association and then with emotionally handicapped children for the Woodborne Center there. Then, relocating to Boone, she served as Ashe County Coordinator for the Children’s Developmental Services Agency of the Blue Ridge until her retirement in October, 2000.
Having earned an undergraduate degree in education and a Master’s degree in social work, Shirley took courses in art appreciation, drawing, painting, and ceramics at Caldwell Community College after she retired. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Jones House in Boone, the Hickory Museum of Art, the Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, and the Turchin Center in Boone.
I strive to share my appreciation for the beauty of God’s creation with the viewer. I do two-dimensional work, mainly in oil.