Monica Lee-Henell is a contemporary American painter exploring our connection with the natural world and the mystical. She paints what is referred to in the Celtic tradition as a “thin place,” when the daily mask of routine is lifted and one glimpses  the divine. With a saturated use of color and large expressive brushstrokes, Monica is learning  a new language to connect us with the mysteries and romance of creation. Born in Italy, and having lived and traveled extensively throughout the US and Europe, Monica brings all this rich context into her work. She currently lives and works in New England. 

"Painting gives me an opportunity to express the maximalist world that lives inside me." 

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. 

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