Dawson Gallery


William Kaula, who specialized in painting New England

landscapes, was born in Boston in 1871.  He studied at the Massachusetts Normal Art School and the Cowles Art School in Boston and the Academy Colarossi and the Academie Julien in Paris.  Around the turn of the century he became a student of Edmund Tarbell, a fellow Bostonian who remained a major influence on Kaula’s work throughout his life.


Best known for his striking interpretations of cloud-filled skies and broadly-defined New Hampshire hills, Kaula seldom ventured far from his beloved New England. 


In 1902 he married painter Lee Lufkin, and in 1904 the two participated in a joint exhibition at the Cobb Gallery in Boston.  Kaula also had one-man shows at the prestigious Copley Gallery in Boston and at the Christopher Hungington Gallery in Mt. Vernon, Maine.


He served for a time as president of the Boston Society of Water Color Painters and was a member of the Boston Art Club and the New York Water Color Club.  Besides watercolors, Kaula also painted in oils and pastels.  He died in 1953 at age 82.


Source: Michael David Zellman, 300 Years of American Art

William Jurian Kaula

American 1871-1953

October St. Johnsbury Vermont