In her career as an interdisciplinary scholar, university professor, and advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nurse, she promoted the arts in healing practices, health care environments, and research. She has received numerous awards for her teaching, nursing practice, and artwork.
Honey Lea lives with her husband and American Eskimo Dog, Lucky, in her native Colorado. In addition to her nursing degrees, she has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is a seasoned, professional artist who has shown and sold her work for many years through galleries and exhibitions.