About US

I have no art training..

 it was something that started to manifest as I began to delve into some life altering experiences in 2003. Today, as I reflect back on the metamorphasis over the few short years since I first picked up a paint brush – I can’t help but believe that within us all is a messenger in search of a delivery system.

The Painting

I don’t consider myself a painter or a fine artist per-se. I guess I’m more of an illustrator. My path, it seems, is one of telling stories of my journey, the speedbumps, the ditches, the hilltops and briar patches through these images.  It’s a path I fought against, but life has a way of forcing your gaze in the direction intended and then kicking your butt out of the nest and all along its majestic and potholed road.  Once I came to accept my calling, I realized I’m not the only one on this journey and that there are many of us face-planting our way towards enlightenment.

The Mission

I believe our mission on earth is to evolve – into what exactly, I have no idea. I also believe that the road to expedite this mission is to live this current life with two main goals – and these have become my mantra (with a shout out to the amazing Bishop John Shelby Spong), “To live wide-eyed in the Mystery of Life and Dare to Love Wastefully. – ” Blessed be”

Vic Lee Signature

St Victors Theme - Opening Theme Song

St Victors Theme by Vic Lee

Vic LEE - artist
A Few of My current favorite things
  • Book: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
  • Movie: This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
  • TV Show: Outlander (Starz)
  • Song: The Canon in D by Johan Pachabel
  • Bands: Green Day, Jethro Tull, Snow Patrol
  • Artist: John Waterhouse (1849-1917)
“Where are you from?”

“Where are you from?” is probably the question I am most asked – the short answer is, New York, to which I am then asked, “No, really, where are you really from, before that?”  . . .

I have this theory that at the time of my creation there was some grand explosion, and pieces of my essential being were scattered about the earth and heavens.  

As a traveler I journey, seeking and finding fragments of myself within the fibrous weaves of lands and peoples I’ve not yet encountered, yet, upon meeting, I instantly know I am home.

The experience of connecting with life, all life, despite time and distance, lands and languages is my infinite treasure.

The Writing

I started writing when I was seven years old as a means of coping with traumatic abuse. Although I was without a voice as a child, my writing was a vehicle to carry the pain away, and my words empowered me. I was always hopeful my hero would find me, and so she did.

My rescue came in the form of a Siberian Husky whose unconditional love healed my wounds and helped me find my voice again. I am forever grateful to my four-legged savior and honor her still, in every opportunity to help another find their voice, in my writing, and in animal rescue.

Much is said in silence, in the pause… Negative space co-creates the image, and in the Grace notes we hear the song.

Elise JOLI - writer
Elise Joli - About
A Few of My current favorite things
  • Book: Jonathan Livingston Seagull
  • Movie: Winter’s Tale
  • TV Show: Vikings
  • Song: Montana by Gipsy Kings
  • Bands: Bon Iver, Queen, Damian Rice
  • Artist: Klimt and VanGogh