Lee MacLeod was born in Los Angeles California in 1953. He attended Colorado College and graduated in 1976. He began studying at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 1976. He completed his course work in 1980 and began his art career as an illustrator. His most visible projects included the final advertising art for the films Batman, Howard the Duck, and Pocahontas.
Lee MacLeod has lived Santa Fe and shown on Canyon Road for well over 20 years. Since moving here Lee has focused on plein air and studio landscape painting. In addition to being a member of the California Art Club, Lee is a member of OPA, PAPNM, PAAC, OPS, LPAPA, and AIS. He has exhibited in the juried national shows of these organizations. He participated in the Torrey Pines Plein Air invitational in 2008, and the Paint the Rockies Plein Air Invitational in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Over the years, Lee has had the good fortune to study with a number of great artists. His associations with Santa Fe artists, Bill Gallen and Dave Ballew have been invaluable in formulating an approach to both seeing and painting the natural world.
In 2018 Lee won the Best Of Artist Members Award, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico.