In Memoriam: Lee Boynton

The Maryland Hall community is very sad to learn of the passing of MHCA instructor Lee Boynton.  Lee was a visual arts instructor for more than 25 years teaching hundreds of adult students the art of watercolor, pastel, oil and plein air painting.  Lee had a dedicated following for his classes and his skill and expertise as an instructor helped Maryland Hall become known for excellent instruction in the visual arts.

In addition to being a long-time instructor, Lee was an Artist-in-Resident from 1980 to 2004 and served on Maryland Hall’s Board of Directors from 1996 to 2004.
Linnell Bowen, MHCA President says, “I first met Lee in 1995 when he was selected to paint three large historical murals for the Annapolis City Hall for the 300th Anniversary Celebration.  The paintings are his legacy (and Annapolis’) for all to see. It required extensive research and detailed reenactments, taking over twelve months to complete and were first displayed at Maryland Hall.  We are grateful for his many years of teaching countless students with great dedication to his art form and to Maryland Hall.  He will be missed as an artist, a teacher and friend to all of us.” 

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 natural spectrum of light.  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. Click here to read a full biography about Lee.  

A memorial service for artist Lee Boynton has been announced. It will take place Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 2 pm at Redemption House Life Center, 7489 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Glen Burnie, MD.   

A Go Fund Me account had been set up to assist his family with medical and other expenses.  Patrons who would like to make a donation can click here.