Vermont-born Emilie Lee is a painter based in New York City. After earning a degree in illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, she spent four years as a nomadic rock climber, exploring the wilderness areas of the American West. During this time, her writing, artwork and animation were featured in outdoor adventure publications including Alpinist Magazine, the Patagonia catalog and Rock and Ice. Lee’s latest project took her to the northern great plains in Montana to study the American Prairie Reserve, a unique effort to create the largest conservation area in the continental United States. Lee’s work builds upon the historic collaboration between the Hudson River School painters and the early American conservation movement by embracing the role of the artist as explorer, scientist and chronicler.