I believe that anybody can learn to paint. Even though many people dream of making art, too many let fear hold them back. I enjoy encouraging students who have heard time and again that their painting dreams are foolish or inappropriate. If you want to learn to paint, you can! In my classes I cultivate a fun, welcoming environment in which students can learn painting skills without negativity or the threat of judgment. I love to see people imagining, interpreting, appreciating, and creating art. I also enjoy the ‘detective’ work of figuring out how to approach a painting, breaking the work into small steps, and then sharing with my students how to paint that picture.
I have produced hundreds of watercolors since 2002. My watercolor mentor was Harding Mudge Bush, and I have also studied with Robert O’Brien, Ginger Hughes, and Byron Carr. My passion is for scenes that capture the outdoors or the traditions of New England. I strive to express in my painting how I feel about each subject, in an effort to create a powerful impression. In the past I have worked as a psychologist, in a fabric store, and as a librarian. I’ve sold my own handmade quilts, fiber jewelry, and hand-woven, hand-sewn clothing.
I teach classes at Lee Muir-Haman Watercolors at Tumblers Bottom Gallery. The store, gallery, and studio are located at 30 Main Street, Ayer, MA.
I teach three weekly classes on an ongoing basis, teaching step-by-step techniques, sound principles, good decision making and problem solving. I also offer occasional one-time classes on topics that include an introduction to watercolor painting, watercolor techniques, color mixing, painting skies, “Where do I begin?”, picture framing for beginners, and more.
Regular weekly sessions run Thursdays 10:00am-12:30pm and 2:30-5:00pm and Fridays 10:00am-12:30pm. Classes are made up of students with all levels of experience. New students can join at any time, provided there is a class opening. Monthly subscription rates for these sessions are $35/class, or the drop-in rate is $40/class. An eight week watercolor painting session may be offered on Wednesdays from 3:30-6:00pm when a minimum number of “open” slots are filled.
I am also available for private lessons, and occasionally teach classes around the local area. Contact me if you are interested. Regular store/studio hours:
Wednesday 1:30pm to 5:00pm, and Thursday and Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm.
All services are also available by appointment.