Lee Spurling Biography

Born in 1935 in Cincinnati, OH, Spurling American, is a lifelong artist and painter that comes from a unique background and experience. He focuses on the elemental beauty and drama of life through poignant portrayals of the American landscape. His work is inspired by his own encounters and personal impressions.

As a child, Spurling studied in the studio of painter Charles Sutton, who became his mentor. He continued his studies at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati DAAP program. Spurling continued to paint while teaching art and fly-fishing, in addition to freelancing in journalism, advertising, and retail design. He traveled extensively through the U.S. and Canada, drawing inspiration from his surroundings. Numerous private collectors and organizations have acquired and commissioned his work, including the Cincinnati Zoo, the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History, and the Margaree Museum in Nova Scotia. His artwork has also been published in several books, newspapers, and magazines.