Monica Lee-Henell is a modern American painter seeking to bridge the space between our perceived reality and the divine. She experiments with light, color and bold brushwork to explore the abstract stories in nature. She currently lives and works in New England. 

Monica has illustrated live from the runway during London Fashion Week and Shanghai Fashion Week where she also installed her Beauty to Chaos painting series in the DFO International Showroom.

She was the host of the Smart Creative Women podcast from 2012 to 2016, interviewing over 300 women in the business of creativity, bringing her perspective as a creative entrepreneur and professional illustrator to the show. She was listed in 5 Best Podcasts for Women Entrepreneurs.

Born in Italy, and having lived and traveled extensively throughout the US and Europe, Monica brings all this rich context into her work. You  can contact her at

The conversation that takes place between the viewer and the canvas shows up in sensual colors, bold strokes and fleeting gesture within what is considered an inherently feminine subject matter. Flowers offer an evocative and enigmatic conversation that is laced with metaphor. Their frailty, power and transitory nature are combined on canvas to create a dramatic timeless dialogue.



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