Lees was born in Brmingham, in 1933. Lees is a self taught artist who came late to full time painting, having first had careers in the RAF, industry , mining, commerce, and finally in plastics design where he was a sucessful industrial stylist. Throughout these years he painted an exhibited in what spare time he had . When demand became extremely high in the mid seventies he decided to become a full-time artist. His delicate style and attention to detail enable him to create the feel and atmosphere of the English countryside, and also to reflect the traditional values of a rural England, now so sadly missed. He now lives in the West country where he can draw much inspiration for his nostalgic scenes. Lees paintings have been exhibited at the Mall Galleries, London, the Home Counties and many other leading galleries throughout the UK, America and Japan.