The goal of Evelyn Dunphy's workshops is to share her painting knowledge and experience with each student in the way that will best help them to further their own personal development. As a result, she has become a sought-after teacher with waiting lists for her studio classes and workshops in Maine, Ireland, Europe, Cuba, California, and Nova Scotia, Canada.


I invite you to accompany me to the places that I love to paint. The beauty, wildness, and haunting solitude of the north woods and lakes, Maine's sacred mountain, "Katahdin", and paintings of the Maine seacoast are captured in luminous watercolor and watermedia. My work shows familiar views of Maine in a new context.  The north always claims my attention; sea and sky, the dappled light of the woods, and the myriad of colors in the speckled granite along the shore.

V.I.E.W. Virtual Interactive Escapade Workshop

Paint Live from your home with Evelyn and fellow artists.  Presenting you unique interactive live online painting workshops where you can paint along and get feedback from the comfort of your home.

January 13, 14, 15th

An Irish Cottage

Info & Registration

May 23 - 30, 2020

Anam Cara on the Beara Peninsula, Ireland

Anam Cara is a unique and very special place. We would like people to know that they are coming on retreat, meaning coming away from the dailiness of their lives, to this quiet, beautiful part of Ireland to become part of a creative workshop group to learn and find inspiration for their art as well as to become part of a small, rural, Irish community.

Join us as we experience the haunting beauty that surrounds Anam Cara. The lengthening spring days offer plein-air opportunities in the colorful village of Eyeries, the nearby strand and mountains. Evelyn will lead us in painting the wild, rugged coastal views of this ancient landscape. Brightly colored cottages wind their way down the lane and the misty Killarney Hills overlooking Coulagh Bay reveal themselves in the ever-changing light - it's an artists' paradise.

I’m so happy that you will be joining me at Anam Cara. I am sure you will love it as much as I do; and if you have been with me before, welcome back! Since the village of Eyeries and Anam Cara are a bit “off the beaten track”, travel information will be provided after registration.  Please fill out the registration form below, and email back to me at the address provided in the form.




"Evelyn offers the perfect balance of demonstrations and personal painting time. She gives a solid base of educational techniques and then helps each student apply them to their own work. She is completely dedicated to her students and is available to them all day every day."

June 25 - 27, 2020

At the West Bath Seaside Grange

75 New Meadows Road, West Bath, Maine

"Let's Start with Middle Value" - A Still Life Workshop

Internationally known Guest Artist:

Irena Roman

This is a workshop that will be of immense value to artists at any level of expertise. A curriculum of sophisticated use of watercolor techniques will open your eyes to variations that you may not have seen or thought of before. Irena Roman is a signature member of The American Watercolor Society, The Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and The New England Watercolor Society.


A recipient of The American Watercolor Society's High Winds Medal of Honor and the Ralph Smith Memorial Award Irena has also twice received the Watercolor West Award from The National Watercolor Society as well as two gold medals and a silver medal from the New England Watercolor Society. Her work has been displayed in the prestigious Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolor Biennial, China. Irena was recognized in Creative Quarterly's 100 Best 2017 International Juried Competition and was awarded Best in Show in the Global Association of Watercolor Artists 2018 International Competition.


To sign up for the workshop:

  • Send an email to me at to let me know that you will be attending.

  • A non-refundable deposit of $150.00 to save your space to the address below, made out to Evelyn Dunphy Studio.

  • Balance is due April 1st.

  • In case of cancellation before April 30th, total of balance will be refunded. After May 1st, no refund unless your place can be filled. Be assured we will do everything possible to fill your place. 

*A supply list will be sent after registration.

"Evelyn's ability to communicate painting skills and color theory allows artists at any level allow individual to progress at their own pace.


Encouragement, combined with recognition of each student's skill level, Evelyn assists one's progress sharing technical skills and lessons she has  learned along the way of her own path.

-A. Roux, student.

August 17 - 20, 2020

Coastal Strokes in Historic Easport, Maine

An invitation a few years ago to come to Eastport and "paint the beauty of the bay" as part of an environmental effort gave me the opportunity on several occasions to explore the town, outlying areas, and be totally "blown away" by the sheer beauty of the views. One island after another - at low tide, there is such a variety of color. I have often said that Eastport and its islands are as beautiful as any place I've been.


With its many attractions including rugged coastline, working waterfront, historic downtown, proximity to Campobello Island, superb state parks and lighthouses, Eastport retains a strong authentic Downeast identity.

In case of inclement weather the class will move inside to the Eastport Arts Center's multi-purpose room where students will enjoy a day of instruction focused on watercolor techniques, use of different pigments and also an opportunity to complete work begun earlier in the week.


At the end of the week there will be an evening program hosted by Evelyn and the EAC which will be open to the public. 

Send an email to Cynthia Morse at to save your space.


For non-painting spouses/companions who would like to accompany an artist, there is plenty to do, and many places of interest to visit. They are welcome to join us during the painting days, and at all of our social times.



"It was the most fabulous and most perfect workshop! What a fantastic group of industrious artists who actually painted all day!  The instructor is the ultimate! and Jackie is efficient perfection!  Yes, I will be along on more painting workshops!"             

- D. Peters, Texas

French Escapade Workshop

at Calella de Palfrugell, Spain​

August 27 - 30, 2020


Plein Air at Rhodora, Frederic Church Camps, Millinocket, Maine

Frederic Church was a renowned artist of the Hudson River . He was wealthy and traveled to South America and the Middle East during the late19th Century. However, just after Henry David Thoreau, he toured the Katahdin area. He kept coming back.

In 1878, he bought a farm on the shores of Millinocket Lake and built a camp which he named Rhodora. He spent summers and falls there for most of the rest of his life. "You might be intimidated by the fact that Frederic Church was here. However, just the opposite because they are here saying, "Go for it!" said Evelyn Dunphy a well-know Maine water colorist who leads sold-out workshops at Rhodora.



Bangor Daily News Article:

Camp of American Landscape Artist Frederic Church Pulls Painters Back in Time

“ I opened today’s mail to find the catalog of your beautiful Katahdin Lake watercolors. You have captured so many seasons and moods at Katahdin Lake. It is stunning.”

- Jym St. Pierre, Maine Director, RESTORE: The North Woods

September 9 - 13, 2020

Plein Air on the Beautiful Penobscot Bay

Oakland House Seaside Resort, Brookville, Maine

What a pleasure for me that the owners of one of Maine's unique centuries-old inns have invited me to teach a workshop there this September.  Penobscot Bay, "the jewel of the Maine coast" is a glorious environment. The views are unsurpassed, with such variety of subjects. We're also invited to go out to the islands on the owner's Boston Whaler one day. The views from the water are always spectacular and so different. 

There are two private beaches, access to a lovely pond across the road and hiking trails directly on the property. Included is kayak, canoe and paddle board rentals and the use of the Oakland House bicycles. 



"I am just beginning to appreciate what I learned from you in the workshop. Things that I thought I knew but did not really understand are coming to life for me, and my work shows it".

-Workshop student in Nova Scotia.

October 17 - 24, 2020


Master Class, Royaumont Abbey, France

It's definitely an honor to be invited to teach a Master Class at Royaumont and I'm thrilled by the combination of painting, history and music! And - we've got some very special experiences for our workshop group during the week. 


I am also really pleased with the response to my initial mailing about this workshop! We have several artists interested and some signed up already! (It's going to be a small group of eight) and I can promise you that it will be a great experience! 


Wouldn't this be fun! I'd love it if we could all meet in Paris and go off to the Abbey together.  


A former Cistercian Abbey, Royaumont Abbey is a hidden gem tucked away in a serene setting 30 kilometers north of Paris. Built between 1228 and 1235, it received the support of Louis IX, known in history as Saint-Louis because of his genuine piety and is where a number of his children and grandchildren are buried. It retains an aura of bucolic tranquility ideal as a site for nurturing artistic creativity. Swans glide quietly down streams and rivulets which run through the beautifully landscaped property. Cows graze peacefully in nearby fields.


These photos show many of the lovely places where we can paint on the grounds.


Just the thought of painting in the gardens and  throughout the grounds of this ancient Abbey, surrounded by music, the not-so-quiet whispers of the characters who have roamed the rooms through the centuries  - my hair stands on end! 


Read more of its history, as there are many sites that describe the Abbey, but I chose this one because of I found it poignant, heart-breaking and ultimately, wonderful. I hope you will read it. During the First World War, the family made the site available to the Scottish Women's Hospital, which cared for more than 10,000 wounded soldiers there between 1915 and 1919.



“The editors of International Artist magazine would like to publish “Cloud over Mt. Fuji” in our Showcase of Master Painters of the US.”

- Jennifer King, US Editor, International Artist Magazine


Coastal Maine

Havana, Cuba

Costa Brava, Spain

Provence, France

Tuscany, Italy

Bruges, Belgium

Corrales, New Mexico

Anam Cara, Beara Peninsula, Ireland

Kejimikujik National Park, Nova Scotia

Rhadora, Frederick Church Camps, Millinocket, Maine

Olana, Hudson, New York (Frederic Church home on the Hudson River)


Evelyn Dunphy is one of those unique artists who can effectively convey her years of knowledge and experience to her students. She takes the fear out of learning watercolor!

- E. O’Connor, Ohio

We had a wonderful time -- such a confluence of gracious and generous hosts, excellent instruction, and a time and place that cannot fail to inspire. I learned so much that I'm already looking at another workshop with you. 

- R. Colon, NH

"I must tell you how valuable this workshop has been to me. I now understand the qualities of pigments, values and temperature and what their variations can bring to a painting. I also had a gestalt with regard to osmosis and the use of watercolor. I also want you to know that I appreciate the passion that you bring to your work and to your teaching. It is really a joy to be one of your students." - Thanks, Ruth.

"Overlooking Gordes, Painting in Provence with French Escapade"

"The individual attention you get in a class with Evelyn is not only something rare, I had never found it in a class before. She makes you feel like you're the only one in the room when she is teaching you or answering your questions and then she revels with you as you learn to fly on your own. It is also a joy, (as you can see when you lay eyes on any of her own work) to watch her paint. She paints briefly in class, in order to demonstrate certain techniques. This was most helpful to me as I am a visual learner and although it's been several months since my classes in Ireland, I can still see her demonstrations and paintings in my minds eye. Be ready to work hard at what you love, because no one works harder than Evelyn. The example she sets continues to inspire long after her classes are over!"

- Lori J. McKenna

"Painting at Hospital St-Remy-de-Provence  -  Remembering Van Gogh"

"Evelyn enthusiastically gave me confidence to experiment with new techniques - so appreciated the individual attention I received in her class".

"For years I thought watercolor was a faded, pastel color medium. I like to paint in a bright, jewel toned pallet and Evelyn not only taught me that it was possible in water color, but how to make the colors dance and shine with shadow and value. The results are exactly what I'd wished for and far exceeded my expectations of watercolor."

I have taken several workshops with Evelyn in Nova Scotia, New Mexico, and Tuscany.  She has become one of my mentors because she opens her heart and generously shares all she has learned throughout the years she has been painting.  She offered me ideas and support that were tailored to my needs at the time.  Evelyn is one of those rare artists who knows how to teach.  Her workshops are thoroughly planned to ensure her students will benefit from every moment of the experience.  Unlike some painters with whom I’ve taken workshops, Evelyn makes sure to work individually with each participant during her workshops; she provides sound suggestions for improvement laced with much needed encouragement.  Students leave one of Evelyn’s workshops with a wealth of information and the impetus to keep asking “what if” when they begin to apply the new techniques they’ve learned.  Questions posed in e-mails are promptly and thoughtfully answered.  Additionally, her blog offers insights into the process of creating a painting and the trepidation that most artists feel when they face the blank canvas to work on a new inspiration.  In brief, Evelyn Dunphy is deserving of this award for mentorship because she embraces all the best qualities of a teacher and painter, warmly helping other artists on their path.  - Karen Vierneisel

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