So, here we go, where do I start, colouring in as kid, designing cars as a teenager, drawing birds of prey after school, copying pictures of Marilyn Monroe from album covers, as you can see I have always had a desire to create images, with a pencil or pallet knife in the early days, and now with a brush.
Initially it was birds and animals that caught my attention, and I used to be massively inspired by David Shepherd and his elephants and such, but then as I grew older and developed a fascination for Formula 1 racing, which I have to this day, I was transfixed by Michael Turner, an exceptional artist.
So, I started painting images of Ayrton Senna, and a few other F1 drivers that were my hero's, always in oils. Back then I was a young father, heavily laden with responsibility, and the need to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table, so art was just something I used to do when I had a little spare time, usually when the kids had gone to bed, and I never thought for a minute that I would be selling my art, and having it as my business.
Fast forward a while, and one day I saw a painting by Jack Vettriano in a high street gallery, and that lit a fire in me that hasn't been extinguished. Something about the image I saw just set me off, it was one of those "I can do that " moments, and I have been painting ever since.
I have travelled up and down the UK to see Jack's exhibitions, London one year, Glasgow the next, always fascinated by his original artwork, both in content and style, and seeing his pieces that I had copied for practice, in the flesh as it were, just blew my mind.
A few years ago, I managed to meet him at one of his exhibitions in London, and when I told him that I had painted a few of his pieces, he didn't seem too pleased, and told me not to sign them in his name, which I thought was hilarious, as if I would disrespect one of my artistic hero's.
So, around 2015 I decided to have a go at seeing how far I could go with this, and I started to be more focussed than I had before, and I worked more consistently on what I wanted my art to represent.
I look back on that time, or phase of my work now, and realise that I was still jumping from style to style, from graphite pencil drawings, to abstract and semi abstract, ink drawings to pop art, I was basically all over the place, thinking I was doing my best, but not being focussed enough and not creating a specific body of work, or giving my art and creativity a focussed direction.
I sold pieces near and far, the USA, and Singapore, as well as local friends, but infrequently, and in a patchy and haphazard manner.
Well, that all changed in 2020.
One day in August my life irreversibly changed forever, when I received a call from my daughter telling me that my 34 year old son had died suddenly from a heart attack. To say that my world was pulled from under me in an instant is the understatement of my life. My son had worked hard throughout his life, always focussed and knowing where he was going and what he would be doing, always positive, never negative, always looking to the future for new possibilities, outwardly fit and healthy, who knew?
He had passed away in Lithuania whilst visiting his new family with his wife of 11 months, and we were all broken.
He had been working for himself for a few years as a recruitment consultant, in a niche market he had set up by himself, and he had called his company Sterling Lee Recruitment.
After his passing, I had to make all of the arrangements and preparations for him, part of which involved being made a director of his company, so as I was able to close it down, and this is when I decided to continue his legacy.
The thought of what he had started and worked so hard for to be taken away with him cut me to my core, and there and then Sterling Lee Fine Art was born.
So, I decided to rebrand myself as Sterling Lee and take on this persona as an artist, so that we can now work together on taking Sterling Lee to the success he had striven for.
My real name is Vince Edmunds, and my son was Vincent Lee Edmunds, and as an F1 fan also, he had decided to name his company after the British F1 driver Sterling Moss, and his own middle name to make it more personal.
So there you have it, Sterling Lee Fine Art lives on in his memory, and I am dedicated and determined to sell art the world over to honour my son's legacy, and continue a passion he started, and spread the name Sterling Lee, all over the globe
With this in mind, everything at Sterling Lee Fine Art is done with professionalism and quality. From the initial selection of the images to work with, through to the packaging and shipping, all done with the care and attention he would have required, a full quality undertaking from start to finish.
So that's an insight into why I do what I do, and also the journey that I am on, one which I hope you will join me on, and continue the legacy that is Sterling Lee.