Lee Lufkin Kaula was born in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1865. She was a painter of genre scenes, portraits and landscapes. She was the wife of the equally noted artist William Jurian Kaula, who she met in Crecy, France in 1894 and married in 1902.
Kaula studied under the master teacher and artist Charles Melville Dewey in New York City, as well as with Edmond Aman-Jean at the Academie Colarossi in Paris, France. She and her husband eventually moved to Boston, Massachusetts. They were among the first occupants of the Fenway Studio Building on Ipswich Street in Boston (1905-53).
She exhibited quite successfully during her lifetime, including at the Salon of the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris (1897-98), the Art Institute of Chicago (1897-1913), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia (1899, 1903-27), the Paris Salon (1897-98), the National Academy of Design, NYC (1900-22), the Boston Art Club (1903-09), the Connecticut Gallery of Fine Arts, Hartford (1925, Honorable Mention) and many other important venues throughout the United States.
Kaula was a member of the Copley Society, the Guild of Boston Artists, the Boston Society of Watercolor Painters, and the National Society of Women Artists, NYC.
She died in New Ipswich, New Hampshire in 1957.