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 J. 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, capturing color and light, 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 and Tumblers Bottom Studio. The studio is located at 64 Meadow Road, Townsend, MA, in a beautiful, bright, rural, retreat-like space where there is ample room for watercolor classes surrounded by nature.

Ongoing watercolor classes are currently on hold, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Classes will resume when coronavirus restrictions are lifted, with scheduled class times to be arranged then. In my classes, students with all levels of experience enjoy painting a variety of images, in a fun and encouraging atmosphere. New students can join at any time, provided there is a class opening.  Contact me directly to join a class today!

In my classes, I teach 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, shadows, reflections, drawing with the grid method, “Where do I begin?”, picture framing for beginners, and more.

I am also available for private lessons, and occasionally teach classes around the local area. Contact me if you are interested.


Due to coronavirus restrictions, there are currently no regular hours. However, feel free to contact me by email (leemuir@comcast.net), or by filling out the contact page on this website.

When coronavirus restrictions are lifted, all services will also be available by appointment.