In addition to her formal education in painting, drawing and art history, Lee Heinen, artist, finds travel and art historical influences important to the development of her work. She draws from various artists and periods according to her current interests, including David Hockney and Henri Matisse for color and decorative motifs and Milton Avery for his purity of form. Recently, Joan Mitchell's and Jackson Pollack’s paint application has engaged her interest, directing her attention to an active surface, leading to a greater variety of paint application, including use of the palette knife and collage. It is the continuing exploration of new ideas, or new approaches to old ideas that keeps her art exciting.
She has work in many corporate collections, and is represented in galleries and exhibits throughout the country.