Back Story – Bios from Your Board 

Lee McCaffree – Artists and Education Grants Chair  

Originally appeared in The Botanical Artist - Volume 17, Issue 1


Lee’s life adventures and travels gradually led her to botanical art. Originally from Seattle, Lee has lived in Kentucky, Texas, England and California – in both LA and San Francisco. She and her husband have raised four daughters, and during those years, Lee was a dedicated and active volunteer in Girl Scouts and the children’s school activities. 

An outdoor person, Lee enjoys hiking, and early on she began studying and photographing wildflowers in their environment. These interests planted the seeds that grew into the beautiful detailed work she now creates. 

While living in London she developed botanical art in classes with Christabel King and week-long field studies courses. She earned two Silver Gilt Awards at the Royal Horticultural Society exhibitions. Her work was included in the 10th International Botanical Art Exhibition at the Hunt Institute in Pittsburgh. 

While in Houston, Lee volunteered and painted endangered native plants at the Mercer Arboretum. Experiencing the satisfaction of observing and drawing wildflowers, Lee also knew the solitude of working alone. Those times made Lee deeply appreciate the community of botanical artists she has found in ASBA. She feels that personal relationships and networking are the things she enjoys most about the ASBA and serving on the board. 

In addition to creating botanical art, Lee is a primary instructor and co-coordinator of the Botanical Certificate Program at Filoli Estate in San Mateo, CA. She also teaches privately and at UC Berkeley’s Botanical Garden. Seeing her students’ success in developing new skills and their own style, especially novices in botanical art studies, is very rewarding. She helped organize the ASBA’s 2003 Annual Meeting/ Conference and has been a continuing member of the Silent Auction Committee for years. 

At present, Lee is Chair of the Artists and Education Grants Committee. She and her committee review all applications, selecting those that provide fulfilling and educational projects for the artist and the ASBA. Lee hopes their presentations about their work at the Annual Meeting each year encourage more ASBA members to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. 

Lee joined the board because she finds it is important to give back to an organization that has meant so much to her. She enjoys working with “wonderful, competent people” and is always energized by the other members at the meetings. (Website Editor’s Note: Although Lee has completed her terms of service to the Board, she continues to chair the Artists and Education Grants Committee) 

  • Lee McCaffree, pictured in a field of friends, the wildflowers at Carrizo Plains, CA