About the Artist :: Lee Boynton

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The sea was the spawning ground for Lee’s art. He spent a lot of his childhood and youth on the water, racing small boats on Long Island Sound or cruising along the coast of New England with his family. He yearned to express the subtle beauty of light playing on water and the dramatic shifts in moods and atmosphere from day to day. Inspired by the work of Winslow Homer, Frederick Waugh, N.C. Wyeth, and Joaquin Sorolla, he began to form a vision of a career as a fine art painter.

During his college years, Lee spent his summers on Capitol Island in Maine, sketching and painting the lobstermen and boat builders in the Boothbay Harbor region. He loved the rough texture and timeless beauty of their hands-on way of life. He felt the simple, classic lines of the boats he saw in the harbor and working the rocky shores reflected the integrity and strength of character of the men within this tight-knit fishing community. He saw the boats, the men, and the sea as an intricate and endlessly fascinating tapestry.

Lee received his BFA from Syracuse University in 1976 and continued his studies at the Art Students League in NYC. He studied with Cedric and Joanette Egeli in Annapolis, MD and Henry Hensche at the Cape School of Art in Provincetown, MA. Under Henry’s teaching, Lee embraced the wonders of Impressionism, seeing and painting the changing color of light using a palette of colors that corresponds the the natural spectrum of light.

Lee met his wife Martha in Annapolis, MD in 1978, while delivering a sailboat to the West Indies. They settled in Annapolis in 1980, and the Chesapeake Bay watermen soon became the focus of his art. He took every opportunity to join the watermen on their boats, and, over a 15 year period, chronicled their ebbing way of life through a substantial body of work.

His passion for classic boats and traditional fishing led to a niche for interpretive history painting. In 1995, Lee was commissioned to paint three historic murals for the city council chambers in Annapolis to commemorate the city’s tricentennial as the state capital. This project opened doors for other historic commissions in the Baltimore, Washington, Annapolis area, the most recent of which was a painting of George Washington’s distillery for Mount Vernon.

Lee took what he learned from Henry in oil and applied it to the watercolor medium. Painting the Impressionist Watercolor, an instructional art book he co-authored with Linda Gottlieb, one of his longtime students, is based on his teaching. It was published by Watson Guptill in 2004.

Lee has been a sought-after instructor of plein air Impressionist landscape painting at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, MD and has taught workshops in prime locations for landscape painting between Maine and Florida for thirty years. He was a founder of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association. Sadly, Lee Boynton passed away in April of 2016.

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Plein Air Easton 2007, second place
Wayne Plein Air Arts Festival 2008, Wayne, PA , third place
Paint Annapolis 2009, second place
Dueling Brushes, Paint Annapolis 2010, first place
Paint Annapolis 2008, award of merit
Paint Annapolis 2004, award of excellence
Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, Annie Award 2009, for the visual arts

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