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! Painting is a skill that can be learned and practiced. With a positive attitude, and a willingness to take chances, play, and make a few mistakes a student can begin to achieve painting success. 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 one might approach a painting, breaking the work into small steps, and then sharing with my students ways 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 watercolors, 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.

I currently teach a regular weekly online zoom class for students who already have some watercolor experience. Ongoing in-person watercolor classes are currently on hold. When classes resume, weekly scheduled class times will be arranged. In these classes, students with all levels of experience can enjoy painting a variety of images, in a fun and encouraging atmosphere. New students would be allowed to join at any time, provided there is a class opening.   

In my classes, I teach about ‘the big picture,’ by employing step-by-step techniques, sound principles, good decision making and problem solving. My focus is not on merely telling students what techniques and colors to paint with, but more on how to design, plan, and create an effective painting. I also emphasize the importance of attitude and mindset in making art.

Previously, I have offered 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.

Although not an option at this time, I have also been available in the past for private lessons, and have occasionally taught classes around the local area.


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.