“Each brushstroke is a voice for my inner world. I strive to provoke an uplifting emotional connection in the observer of my work. I relish the possibility and process of bringing ideas into fruition. I also enjoy the challenges of mastering in paint the subtleties and beauty of the human form, endeavouring not only to capture the model’s likeness but to embody their essence as a person.” - Sacha Lees
Born on the South Island’s wild West Coast, Lees initially trained in graphic design but in 1997 found a more appropriate outlet for her talents at the then little known Weta Workshop. Sacha worked as an illustrator, creature designer and airbrush artist on The Lord of the Rings trilogy and other projects. She eventually ventured out on her own, and has since worked solely on her own visionary art.
Lees’ art, mostly in oils, is characterized by its stunning naturalistic technique. Her fantastical vision is brought vividly to life on the canvas before us, sometimes sinister, sometimes idyllic and childlike, always surprising. With a focus on quality craftsmanship, her work is rendered with utmost skill, akin to the great masters.
Lees’ work features in the international periodical for contemporary fantasy art, Spectrum. Her work has also been featured in the publication Women of Wonder: Celebrating Women Creators of Fantastic Art, alongside 57 past and present artists from around the world.
Her original works can also be found in private collections within New Zealand and abroad.
Lees currently lives and works in Wellington, where her paintings are created among bustling family life. She is a wife and full-time mother to two busy young preschoolers.
“For me, the Fantastic Art genre presents endless freedom to explore possibilities. Its evolving nature allows the scope to portray segments from my imagined fantastical dreamscapes.”