Caroline originally trained at the Corcoran Gallery School of Art in Washington DC and attended master classes The Slade in London. She has been a plein air painter most of her life, mostly in the Middle East.  She has exhibited in the Atlantic Gallery, Washington DC, several times at The Royal Academy, one man shows at Rafael Valls,  St James’s, the Mathaf Gallery, London, Indar Pasricha Fine Arts and has shown at many other galleries.  In 1992 Airlife Publishing Ltd commissoned   ‘Caroline Lees,  Watercolours of Shropshire’.  In 2011 she won the Sunday Telegraph Watercolour Competition.

David Paskett, president of the Royal Watercolour Society said of her prize winning entry in the Sunday Telegraph. “An unconventional and dynamic view of a familiar place at a particular time….”

“A lovely fresh piece of work”.... ..Sir Antony Eyton RA said of her small oil in a Summer   Exhibition.

Recently Caroline completed an advanced Medieval Illumination course with Helen White at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts. She has also written out and illustrated Housman’s Shropshire Lad on vellum. 


In 2002 she became interested in icon writing studying under Aidan Hart, Marianna Fortounata (a pupil of Ouspensky) and masters from Russia and Eastern Europe, and more recently advanced gilding techniques with Radoslav Hristov at St. Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai. In 2004 she was commissioned to paint the Stations of the Resurrection for the publication ‘Way To Life’ published by Redemptorist Publications in 2006 and Liguori Publications in the USA in 2007.  Her icons have been exhibited with BADA, in St. Cuthbert’s Centre Holy Island, Leeds Cathedral and with the British Association of Iconographers. 

Her daughter Diana Howorth (whose portrait is shown in image) is an etcher and painter of animals;  see link.






Mayor Farsi of Jeddah Saudi Arabia

The FO for presentation to HRH The Prince of Wales on a visit to Oman

Private collections in the Sultanate of Oman

Sir Eric Parker (Late)

The Ritz Hotel

Private collections in the Republic of Yemen

Ahmed Chalabi - Iraq

The National Trust.

Major General Patrick Anthony John Cordingley DSO DSC FRGS  


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caroline lees

Caroline studied at the Corcoran Gallery School of Art in Washington DC under Brockie Stevenson (War Artist) and attended master classes at The Slade School in London. She has been en plein air painter most of her life, mostly in the Middle East. Now she takes commissions for personal medieval style illuminations and Icons.


434 works in painting

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