Whereas most painters acquire skills to express individualistic ideas, Lee pursues his art as an act of religious faith. He says, "Each time I pick up a brush, I paint with the heart of a Buddha." Early this summer, fourteen of his Tanch'ong and T'aenghwa paintings were exhibited at the Korean Cultural Service gallery under the auspices of the Korea Society, the Korean Cultural Service and the Korean Artists Association of Southern California.
Lee, who, with his son, the venerable Lee Yong Woon, presented a slide and lecture presentation on Buddhist painting, says, " Tanch'ong painting does not express the artist's world. Rather the inspiration comes from one's feeling toward the Buddha."