Melvin K. Lee began his sign painting career in 1970. He worked alongside some of the old time sign painters and learned hand lettering, silkscreen printing, and gold leaf techniques.
In 1984 he took over Studio Signs from Dean G. Stanley. In the early 1980s, computers and vinyl plotters drastically changed the sign industry. Studio Signs adapted and purchased one of the first Gerber vinyl cutters in Portland yet continued to provide traditional hand crafted signs. Lee continues to operate Studio Signs with his son Nick.
Lee was born in Portland, OR and is of Chinese descent, specifically from Toisan in Guandong Province. Melvin is a lifelong Tai Chi and Qigong practitioner focusing on the health aspects of the internal martial arts.