"Somehow I knew when I was twelve that all I ever wanted to do was draw and paint people. I've been doing it ever since, and it never ceases to amaze me." -Teddy Schmedeke Lee

Teddy is a Colorado native who grew up in a very creative family. Her mother is an accomplished animal and landscape artist. Her brothers and husband are accomplished musicians. She was fortunate to study under egg-tempra, master artist Mark Thompson for three years in high school, and Jim Valone, John Lencicki, among other master painting professors at the Rocky Mountain School of Art in the seventies and early nineteen-eighties. She received her BFA from Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design.

Trained by Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design's renowned founder, Phillip J. Steele, she began teaching alongside Phil Steele in 1988 and has continued as an adjunct professor in the Foundations Department at RMCAD. She has recently come on board as content expert and writer for the Life Painting 2 online course.

Teddy has won numerous subject matter and media awards, including Best of Show for Adolph Coors Art Show, 1992, and was a member of The Arts Bridge Gallery in Lakewood, Colorado 1995-96. She has exhibited her work at Arrowhead Gallery in Golden, Colorado from 1998-2004, and continues now in various group and juried exhibitions as well.

She works mostly in transparent watercolor, soft pastel, and oil mediums. In addition to teaching life drawing and anatomy courses for RMCAD, she continues to conduct drawing and painting demonstrations and workshops (figurative and otherwise) for various leagues and art organizations in the Denver area.


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