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Raised in Fanwood, New Jersey, he is the proud son of noted nature watercoloristist Lee Gaskins Jr.
After earning an associate’s degree in horticulture, Lee graduated New York City's School of Visual Arts in 1984, attaining his Bachelor's in traditional animation and illustration. Three years later, he received his teacher of art certification and currently instructs at the Linden Academy of Science and Technology.
Past jobs include: working for Commodore Amiga- providing software and hardware support for dealers, V.A.R.s, O.E.M.s, and the Fortune 500 marketplace. Clients: N.B.C., A.B.C., C.B.S., DuPont, Colgate-Palmolive Corp., Merrill Heater Productions- Beverly Hills, CA (creator of Hollywood Squares), and uncountable trade shows.
As an animator, he provided animations for: Hughes Optical, D.A.K. productions, the United States government (`Star Wars' missile development), N-2 games, working on expansion packs for Maxis’ SimCity, to designing air-conditioners for the Carrier Corporation.
As a traditional illustrator and digital artist, clients have included: educational book publishers-Silver Burdett & Ginn Co, EarthDayGlobal, The Laser's Edge, and various album covers for country, progressive, and metal bands in the U.S. & Europe. He is currently concentrating on traditional 1904 World's Fair paintings as well as digital landscapes, fairy tales, and fantasy artwork.
Like his father, Lee has a vast love for nature, as is illustrated by his love of gardening and animals. He has a passion for progressive music, creative films, and the 1904 World’s Fair. He has the largest 1904 WF site in the world.
As a writer, Lee has just finished his first novel, an epic 'old school' fantasy with strong themes of courage, and creativity. He and wife- Barbara have two adorable cats and currently resides in the bowels of New Jersey.
"As a Teacher of Art, I find immeasurable pleasure to instill creative thought, traditional/modern techniques, and a good old fashioned hard work ethic into today’s youth. To be open-minded to experimentation, while embracing the past, exploration, and rationale."