Originally from the Scottish Highlands, Lee now lives in Massachusetts. He studied first at Leith School of Art and then Edinburgh College of Art to complete his BA (Hons) and MFA degree in Drawing and Painting. After his college years, Lee exhibited nationally and internationally and tutored at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee for four years. In 2008, he received the Alastair Salvesen Painting Travel Scholarship. The prize took him to South America to research and develop artwork for a solo show held at Edinburgh Royal Scottish Academy. Before moving to the US, Lee worked in the arts supporting people suffering mental health difficulties as an art and photography tutor in a non-profit organization.