I was born and raised in N.Y., Long Island, to be exact. I painted from an early age, primarily in oil. I studied and worked with some of the upcoming N.Y. artist/teachers of the time and was a founding member of the Suburban Art League in Huntington, NY in the 70s. I took time out to pursue purebred dog breeding and showing, so painting took a back seat for a while as our entire family became engrossed in Afghan Hounds and Salukis and the world of show dogs. Strangely enough, the esthetics of our dogs whet my appetite to return to painting and even started me on the path of silversmithing! The silver/gold jewelry took off, another detour for my painting!

Fast forward to 1998, I moved to Florida. Now an international dog show judge and traveling around the world for dog shows. It was about this time that the call of my first love won out. This time I decided that watermedia would present an interesting challenge. I became involved at Dunedin Fine Art Center and Gulf Coast Art Center, working with prominent Florida artists in this media.

At present, I am a founding member of Art Trysts Studio. My work has been exhibited in many of the area galleries and art shows. My works are in the collections of prominent collectors in New York, Florida, Colorado, New Jersey, as well as Germany, Australia and Denmark.

Painting is my escape, my freedom and often my reason to get up in the morning.

Lee can be reached directly at: lcanalizo@aol.com  or by calling: (727)939-2729