About the Artist
Lee Mothes (Kaukauna) shares his seminal work, New Island, 30 years of creating an imaginary island with fully detailed maps, visitor’s guides, and paintings of the island’s picturesque scenery. He makes currency, knows the rainfall, collects sand from the local beaches, and sells property on the island. Lee also wrote a young adult novel set on New Island.
Lee grew up on the California coast and began drawing beaches, waves, and imaginary places while still in grade school. He later built a house two blocks from the ocean on the Oregon coast, and there he began creating paintings and drawings that began to say something about the ocean. New Island is an ongoing imaginary island-nation in the Indian Ocean that has inspired Lee since 1992.