Elisabeth Lea (née Reynolds) Rutledge "Lea" was raised on a 1600’s dairy farm in the small town of Wenham, Massachusetts, on the north shore of Boston. The farm was a 72-acre paradise complete with crab apple orchards, ice-skating ponds, crumbling stone walls, and the last formal garden designed by Fletcher Steele, landscape architect who studied under Frederick Law Olmstead.
Unsurprisingly given this upbringing, Lea’s primary career centered around the natural environment. Following almost a decade as an environmental and energy consultant, Lea received her masters in environmental policy from MIT’s department of urban planning and a certificate from the Sloan School of Management in corporate sustainability.
Following her tenure at MIT, Lea founded a boutique consulting firm focused on the intersection of business and environment, while also acting as a lecturer in sustainability to MBA students at Boston University’s Questrom School of Management.
Lea’s primary passions include landscape conservation, historic preservation, and the intrinsic human love of place. She has been using watercolor and pen and ink to express these passions since she was a child, though didn't return to it until only a year ago.All of Lea's products are designed using original watercolor painting or sketches that she works into repeating patterns for textile and surface design. Her artistic heroes include William Morris, Ludwig Bemelmans, Jean Dufy, Henri Matisse, and Oliver Messel, among others.
Lea produces everything in either the USA or in England. Her products are high quality and ship quickly straight from the factory. She also offers bespoke services, but this aspect of her work is currently on hold as she has just been commissioned to illustrate her first children's book.