14th Annual Signature American Watermedia International Exhibition

Fallbrook Arts Center

Proudly Presents The

14th Annual Signature American Watermedia International Exhibition

World of Watercolor & Beyond

April 1st through May 28th, 2023

Juror for Selections and Awards
Robin Erickson, California, AWS, NWS, SDWS, CWS, WHS, WW, TWSA

Curated by Mary Perhacs, Executive Director

Director's Statement

We are very grateful to our Participating Artists and Show Sponsors for their commitment and thank you all for your support.

Mary Perhacs, Executive Director
Kimber Petralito, Director of Exhibitions

Thank you to our Show Sponsors

Diane & Paul Goldring Garrett
Beverly & Charles Rikel

Linda Heald | Vicki Higgins

Robin Erickson
Christa Mueller | Catherine Sousa
Meline Giannini

Dr. Steven & Colleen Aichle | Deena & Ken Altman
Constance Forest | Michael Griffiths & Brian Darwin
Dave & Marsha Maynard | Pacific Western Bank
Norm & Marlene Rantanen | Vince Ross & Cheryl Pizzo
Karen Utley & Charles Ibold | CaliforniaWatercolor.Com

John & Debbie Crawford | Ki Johnson
Glenn & Tina Langham Smith | Bill & Sandi LeMasters
Jan & Ken Quigley | Fallbrook Plein Air Painters
Charles & Helen Tillotson | Anonymous

Patty & Budd Sutliff | Sandra VanderLans | Chuck & Mary Jo Bacik

Award Winners

2023 World of Watercolor Signature American Watermedia Exhibition AWARDS – TOTAL $20,000

Award Artist Art Courtesy of
Best of Show Award $3,500 Xiaochang Zhang ‘Celebration’ Show Sponsors
First Place Award $2,500 Ken Call ‘Allegria’ Show Sponsors
Second Place Award $2,000 Cindy Brabec-King ‘Ivory Towers’ Show Sponsors
Third Place Award $1,500 Irena Roman ‘Wayne’ Show Sponsors
Sponsor Cash Award $1,250 Denny Bond ‘Coming’ Show Sponsors
Sponsor Cash Award $1,000 John Bierley ‘Merge’ Show Sponsors
Sponsor Cash Award $750 Dongfeng Li ‘Pack Rat in the Foggy Morning’ Show Sponsors
The Erickson Family Award $600 John Salminen ‘Rainy Day Windshield’ Robin Erickson
The Constance Forest Award $500 Rene Eisenbart ‘State of Wonder’ Connie Forest
Sponsor Cash Award $500 Matthew Bird ‘Tidal Harvest’ Show Sponsors
Sponsor Cash Award $500 Jerry Bowman ‘Three Roses’ Show Sponsors
Sponsor Cash Award $500 Elaine Daily-Birnbaum ‘What Goes Around Comes Around’ Show Sponsors
Sponsor Cash Award $500 Z.L. Feng ‘Rock Creek Hill’ Show Sponsors
Sponsor Cash Award $500 Stephanie Goldman ‘Angel of Omega’ Show Sponsors
Sponsor Cash Award $500 Janine Helton ‘Don’t Let Go’ Show Sponsors
Sponsor Cash Award $500 Anni Matsick ‘Waiting’ Show Sponsors
Sponsor Cash Award $400 Dean Mitchell ‘Chavarria’ Show Sponsors
The Giannini Award $250 Nancy Stark ‘Raquette Lake Line’ Meline Giannini
The Rantanen Family Award $250 James Turner ‘Tiny Dancer’ Norm and Marlene Rantanen
Sponsor Cash Award $250 Ken Goldman ‘May You Live in Interesting Times’ Show Sponsors
Sponsor Cash Award $250 Rebecca Krutsinger ‘Cut Offs’ Show Sponsors
Sponsor Cash Award $250 Robert Steinmetz ‘On Axis’ Show Sponsors
Sponsor Cash Award $250 Laurie Goldstein Warren ‘Chinatown Traffic NYC’ Show Sponsors
The Jeanne Shanahan Memorial Award for Plein Air $250 Carolyn Lord ‘Adolescent Oaks’ Fallbrook Plein Air Painters
Merchandise Award $200 + $50 Sponsor Cash Award Janice Cipriani-Willis ‘It All Went by So Fast’ CaliforniaWatercolor.com and Show Sponsors
Merchandise Award $200 + $50 Sponsor Cash Award Ruth Miller ‘Lake Moraine’ CaliforniaWatercolor.com and Show Sponsors
People’s Choice Award $250   Announced at end of show Show Sponsors

2023 Show Juror

Robin Erickson | California | AWS, NWS, SDWS, CWS, WHS, WW, TWSA

 


Robin Erickson

Along 9th Avenue II

$0.00

Anne Abgott

AWS,NWS,FWS,TWSA


Anne Abgott

A Lovely Bunch

$0.00

Deena Altman

SDWS, WHS, WFWS, AWS

Deena Altman spent many years as the VP of Marketing for her and her husband’s national horticultural company, Altman Plants. She guided the marketing and graphic development of many plant products including a nationwide plant brand for Home Depot. She is now a full time, self-taught artist following her passion to paint.  

The award-winning artist has exhibited in many notable national and international exhibitions.


Deena Altman

The Defender

$0.00

Julie Anderson

WFWS


Julie Anderson

Library Man

$0.00

Gloria Baker

PWS, WSA, GWS, NFWS, KWS, MOWS, CWA, MSWS

Gloria Baker is in Who's of America, Who Who's in the World, Whos' Who of American Women, Who's Who in American Education and The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.  Her paintings have been published by Rockport Publishers 

"Best of Watercolor", "Best of Watercolor #2", "Landscape Inspirations", and "Best of Watercolor Volumes #1 & #2".

She has been accepted in many National and International Juried Exhibits and has participated in numerous group shows and one woman exhibits.

Cliff Barnes

WW

I received a Disney Scholarship to attend Art Center in Los Angeles where I graduated and became an architectural illustrator. As my career changed from illustrator to full time artist, I was able to sell my paintings through different art galleries and juried and competitive art shows. Over the past thirty years, I have focused on painting the landscapes and wildlife of our “American West of Today”. Receiving the Gold Medal for my watercolor at the Autry Museum was a special honor. I have enjoyed winning over 50 major awards and have sold my paintings in art galleries and at art shows throughout the U.S. 


Cliff Barnes

Milk Cans and Carpet Bags, the Stories They Could Tell

$3,000.00

Sean Barrett

AWS,NWS,TWSA,WW,SDWS,WHS


Sean Barrett

Transference

$0.00

Nell Bartlett

WFWS,NWWS


Nell Bartlett

Spinnaker

$0.00

John Bierley

AWS,BWS,PWS,TWSA

Sponsor Cash Award $1,000
Courtesy of Show Sponsors

John Bierley

Merge

$0.00

Matthew Bird

AWS, NWS, TWSA

"I have focused on developing my craft to capture the beauty of what surrounds me with precision and clarity; and strive to convey that to all people through the universal language of representational art. It is my desire that when others see my work they may be inspired by the perceptible signs of the real Creator." Matthew graduated with honors from the Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, New York, in 2000. His award-winning watercolor paintings have been exhibited in juried shows across the United States, as well as in Canada, China, England, Greece, Hong Kong, and Italy. 

Sponsor Cash Award $500
Courtesy of Show Sponsors

Matthew Bird

Tidal Harvest

$0.00

Denny Bond

AWS,NWS,TWS,BWS,PWS,PWCS,WHS,AAPL

Sponsor Cash Award $1,250
Courtesy of Show Sponsors

Denny Bond

Coming

$0.00

Jerry Bowman

WHS,WW,RMNWS,MoWS,MWCS

Sponsor Cash Award $500
Courtesy of Show Sponsors

Jerry Bowman

Three Roses

$0.00

Cindy Brabec-King

AWS, NWS, TWSA, WW

Painting for over 30 years, Cindy’s work is annually accepted to many national, international, state, regional and local exhibits. Her works have been honored with awards ranging from Best of Show to Awards of Excellence and Peoples Choice. She is a past instructor from CNCC, where she taught for several years and holds her degree. She currently is an accomplished instructor of watercolor workshops and classes across the country and has juried many exhibits. Cindy has been in many publications such as Northlight’s Splash Series, The Artist Magazine, and Watercolor Magic. Cindy was chosen as a “Ones to watch “in Watercolor Artist Magazine in 2006. 

Second Place Award $2,000
Courtesy of Show Sponsors

Cindy Brabec-King

Ivory Towers

$0.00

Marilynne Bradley

RMNWS, WSA, KWS, KYWCS, SW, LWS, TWS, MWS, SLWS, OWS, GWS, MOWS

The calculated structure of my geometric transformations is a breakaway from Photorealism and the recent trend of Plein Aire Painting. My compositions evolve by reconstructing overlapping planes created by straight lines and tangents. Changing the formal structure of organic shapes into a controlled approach of rigid linear constructions alters the mood of a scene, not to mention the contrast it provides to shadows and movement.  The composition is compressed within lines of force leading the eye to one point of interest.


Marilynne Bradley

Sheltered Cove

$0.00

Francesca Brayton

HWS,CWA,WW,SDWS,WCWS Master


Francesca Brayton

Color Me Koi

$0.00

Jessica Bryant

AWS,NWS,NWWS


Jessica Bryant

Reclamation

$0.00

Ken Call

AWS, NWS, TWSA, MA, MTWS, WW, WHS, MOWS

Born and raised in Rochelle, Illinois, Ken went on to graduate from the American Academy of Art in 1980 with an Associates Degree in Illustration and Watercolor. Ken spent 1993 and 1994 studying and painting in Paris, France. He is now living in Northbrook Illinois with his wife and two children. After beginning his career as a studio artist, he soon branched out on his own, beginning a very successful freelance career which led to over 500 illustrations for books, magazines, art publishers,   advertising agencies and corporations. In the last few years Ken has made the transition to fine art and portraiture. Many of his originals are hanging in galleries and homes across the country. 

First Place Award $2,500
Courtesy of Show Sponsors

Ken Call

Allegria

$0.00

Angela Chang

SDWS


Angela Chang

Tete - A - Tete, KCL 22

$0.00

Keming Chen

MoWS,NWS,NWWS,NEWS,PAWCS,SDWS,WW


Keming Chen

Painting Artwork

$0.00

Janice Cipriani-Willis

NWS, WW, SDWS

Janice Cipriani-Willis is an accomplished watercolorist who lives and works at Dorland Mountain Arts in Temecula. She began her art education by earning a B.A. in Fine Arts from California State University, Los Angeles. Janice sees the pieces of light that play over forms as a marvelous mosaic. In her watercolors (in which the lightest light is the white of the paper) she rearranges these bits of light into an image of the world’s beauty. She focuses on the depth of expression seen in their faces. Janice has exhibited and received awards in numerous renowned organizations.

Merchandise Award $200 + $50 Sponsor Cash Award
Courtesy of CaliforniaWatercolor.com and Show Sponsors

Janice Cipriani-Willis

It All Went By So Fast

$0.00

Deborah Conn

BWS,VWS,PVW


Deborah Conn

QuiltStories 15: Ophelia

$0.00

Elaine Daily-Birnbaum

AWS, NWS, SDWS, CWA, NWWS

Elaine is a professional artist whose abstract watermedia paintings have been included in more than 150 national and international juried exhibitions, and garnered over 120 awards. She paints intuitively using mixed watermedia on paper or canvas. She creates her works without a pre-determined plan, allowing the painting process to suggest and develop the direction of the piece. Her works are known for their subtleties and unique mark-making and line work. Although primarily self-taught, Elaine has studied with numerous master artists in the U.S. Her work is in several private collections throughout the U.S. and in the Qingdao Museum in China. 

Sponsor Cash Award $500
Courtesy of Show Sponsors

Elaine Daily-Birnbaum

What Goes Around Comes Around

$0.00

Kathleen Durdin

FWS,WSA,GWS,SW,TWS,WW,PWS


Kathleen Durdin

Lavendar and Old Lace

$0.00

Rene Eisenbart

AWS,NWS,NWWS

The Constance Forest Award $500
Courtesy of Connie Forest

Rene Eisenbart

State of Wonder

$0.00

Linda Erfle

AWS, NWS, WW, MCWA

Linda Erfle explores the essence of her subjects through the unifying elements of value, shape, edges and color; striving to convey how truly extraordinary the ordinary is which surrounds us. She has completed numerous college art classes at San Jose State University and Cosumnes River College and gone on to study with Anita Wolff, Jill Figler, Ken Potter, Dale Laitinen, Jan Kunz, Judi Betts, Cheng-Khee Chee, Jane Hofstetter, Alvaro Castagnet, Jeannie McGuire and Qiang Huang.

Alicia Farris

NWS, WHS, WFWS, SWS, SW, MOWS, STLWS

Numerous National and International organizations have featured and recognized Farris’ work. Farris’ work, articles and interviews have found their way in publications throughout the world.  The Art of Watercolour featured her work when she won 1st  place in the International Reader’s Competition. She was published in Watercolor Artist magazine with her article about painting on Yupo called, "Let It Flow", and in another feature discussing painting a self-portrait called, "Me, Myself, and I". She delights in teaching workshops throughout the country and holds signature memberships in multiple national watercolor societies. 

Z. L. Feng

AWS, DF, NWS, M

Growing up in Shanghai, Feng painting and experimenting with different mediums, including pastel, oil, and egg tempera, before choosing his favorite, watercolor. He received his BFA degree from Shanghai Teacher’s University and taught in its art department. He completed the MFA degree at Radford University in 1989 where he is currently a Professor of Art. In China, Feng exhibited his portraits, landscapes, and illustrations in juried exhibitions. Feng’s work has received acclaim throughout the U.S., garnering more than 600 state, regional, national, and international awards with many "Best in Show" awards and Gold Medal honors in major U.S. watercolor competitions.  

Sponsor Cash Award $500
Courtesy of Show Sponsors

Z. L. Feng

Rock Creek Hill

$0.00

Michael Garberick

SDWS


Michael Garberick

Point of View

$0.00

Kathleen Giles

AWS, NWS, TWSA, WIW, PWS, NFWS, WHS

Kathleen was invited to participate in the Fabriano Prize, in Italy, where her painting "Tears For Ukraine ll" won fourth place. The painting also won an award in the ARC Salon show. "Life Is Feeling Boxed In" won the Bronze Medal in American Watercolor Society Show in 2022. Kathleen has had multiple articles published in art magazines. She won the first place purchase award in the National Watercolor Society show twice, with "Vanity" and "Life is Looking For Crayfish". Her painting "Life is Fragile" was a finalist in the ARC Salon 15th International Exhibition. Kathleen teaches online, sells pre-recorded videos and gives workshops.


Kathleen Giles

Beach Dude

$0.00

Winnie Givot

NWWS,WSO


Winnie Givot

Flowers for Irv

$0.00

Jacqueline Gnott

AWS, NWS, TWSA, WHS, WIW

I have a BA in Fine Art from Indiana University. My work in is many public and private collections and has appeared in many magazines including American Artist’s "Watercolor", feature article; and "Watercolor Magic", cover article. I also have an online watercolor forum, "For the Love of Watercolor". In 2019 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and for two years went through treatments. I am finally painting again on a regular basis. I have also been the recipient of 2 national grants from prestigious foundations, The Jackson Pollack - Lee Krasner Foundation Grant and The Stephen King - Haven Foundation Grant.


Jacqueline Gnott

Still Life with Peonies and Silver

$0.00

Ken Goldman

AWS,NWS,SDWS,WHS

Sponsor Cash Award $250
Courtesy of Show Sponsors

Ken Goldman

May You Live In Interesting Times

$0.00

Stephanie Goldman

NWS,WHS,SDWS

Sponsor Cash Award $500
Courtesy of Show Sponsors

Stephanie Goldman

Angel of Omega

$0.00

Kim Granhaug

NWS,TWS,WASH


Kim Granhaug

I Was Here

$0.00

Hugh Greer

MOWS, NSCP&A, KWS

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Hugh Greer later attended the University of Kansas graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design. He moved to Wichita, Kansas to pursue a career in Industrial Design and Architectural Delineation before establishing himself as a fine arts painter. His love of dramatic weather and textural vistas highly influenced his decision to become a full-time landscape artist.

Hugh's artistic style is easy for people of all ages to relate to and appreciate. His eye for composition and color reflect in his landscapes which are both nostalgic in their purity and realistic in their execution.


Hugh Greer

Room with a View

$0.00

Susan Hanssen

AWS,NWS,FWS


Susan Hanssen

Carbon Compound

$0.00

Grace Haverty

AWS,NWS,TWSA


Grace Haverty

Indian Boy

$0.00

Catherine Hearding

AWS,TWSA,WHS,LWS,MoWS,RRWS,MNWS


Catherine Hearding

Light on Lava Creek

$0.00

Karen Heider

FWS,NWS


Karen Heider

Bottlebrush Aloe

$0.00

Janine Helton

SW, WW, MWCS, IWS, NWWS, SDWS, MOWS, GWS

Janine Helton is a watercolor artist who has been recognized in watercolor competitions locally, nationally and internationally. Janine has since taken workshops from nationally known artists including Carl Purcell, Janet Rogers, Fealing Lin and Ted Nuttall. She now paints daily in her home studio. "My current obsession is painting watercolor portraits. Beginning with a loose and expressive underpainting, I work in many transparent layers, considering shapes, color, and value. I slowly add details with more precision until I am satisfied that I've captured the essence of the subject, the expression on a person's face, the moment in time."

Sponsor Cash Award $500
Courtesy of Show Sponsors

Janine Helton

Don't Let Go

$0.00

Susan Hewitt

SDWS,PPWS,WFWS


Susan Hewitt

Historical Interpreter #2

$0.00

Valya Hristova

CWA


Valya Hristova

Racing in the Rain

$0.00

Marie Huggin

SDWS,RMNW,CWS


Marie Huggin

La Jolla Trail

$0.00

Iretta Hunter

AWS, NWS, MCWA, MOWS

Mother Nature is the inspiration for much of my work. I like to work with patterns and designs created in plants, rocks, and vegetables. The roses to the left were painted one vertical stripe at a time, shifting each section up or down (the paper has not been cut). The format adds wonderful edges and texture to finished paintings, inviting the viewer to take a closer look.  I have been painting with watercolor for the past 20 years. And I have had the good fortune to attend workshops and classes with many talented artists. My paintings are in personal collections in North and South America. 


Iretta Hunter

A Slice of Fall

$0.00

Jeff Ishikawa

CWA, WW, PWS

As a realistic painter who happens to work in watercolors, I am challenged and often surprised by the capricious nature of the medium. My aim is to capture the light and mood of a subject, and translate what I see and feel into paint; bringing the viewer into familiar and unfamiliar places. The bulk of my works are landscapes, most notably of the San Francisco Bay Area, but I also do some figurative works, slice-of-life narratives and still lifes. My influences include 19th and 20th century American realists and artists from the French Impressionists. I majored in Graphic Design with a concentration in Illustration and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University. 


Jeff Ishikawa

At Water's Edge

$0.00

John James

AWS, WW, WHS, ISEA-NF, CWA, SDWS

John E James, MS is a scientist who studied watercolor painting with Pat San Soucie, AWS, NWS and English Artist/Teacher, Hugh Templeton. However, he considers himself mainly self-taught. His award winning paintings have been included in many exhibitions, including The American and National Watercolor Societies, Allied Artists of America, The Butler Institute of American Art, and The Alaska Watercolor Society. He has been a finalist in the experimental division of American Artists Magazine’s Annual competition as well as published in Splash: Best of Watercolor 11, 13, and 18.

Bev Jozwiak

AWS, NWS, TSWA, WW, NWWS, TWA, WHS, MOWS, LWS

Jozwiak has free-lanced for numerous card companies and has two 12-month calendars. She was a featured artist in many magazines such as Art Collector, International Artist, North Light, American Artist, the Art of Watercolour and The Artist. She was on the cover of Watercolor Artist and Palette along with articles in both. Her work is in 11 Best of Watercolor books, including “Splash 9-13, 15-16,18, and 20. Her painting "Studio Life" was used as an ad for American Artist. She is an author of book and video "Painting Life with Life" and book "Confident brushstrokes". Jozwiak holds numerous National and International Awards. 


Bev Jozwiak

Concrete Jungle

$0.00

Susan Keith

LWS, SDWS, WW, IWS, KWS, SWA, WASH, WFED

Susan is a native California watercolor artist.  Her interest in art began very early, as a child, drawing and painting.  She graduated from San Diego State with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Painting and Printmaking.  Later on in life she became a teacher and taught all levels of high school art.  Upon retiring, Susan has pursued watercolor with a renewed love and interest.  Her work has been juried into local, regional and national shows and has signature membership in several watercolor societies.  Susan's watercolors have a sense or impression of realism.  She is intrigued by light and shadow and incorporates lively, bright color in her paintings.  


Susan Keith

Creation Speaks of His Glory

$0.00

Jai Kim

WW


Jai Kim

Early Morning Break

$0.00

Karen Knutson

AWS,NWS,TWSA,SDWS


Karen Knutson

Difference of Opinion

$0.00

Rebecca Krutsinger

VWS, NEWS, SDWS, PWCS, PWS, NSWS, KWS, GWS, MTWS, NWWS, SWA, MOWS, CNYWS, STLWS

It was a natural for Rebecca to find watercolor as her chosen medium in her artist profession. A lifelong love of art, creativity and learning brought her to the realization that her calling is watercolor painting. Portrait painting, whether it be human or animal, is her passion. "I am mesmerized by the eyes. They speak to me. The portrait speaks to me." She believes learning and trying new things is the road to finding a person’s inner soul which her work portrays. Her sense of style is one of impressionistic and painterly with strong brushstrokes and opinion.  

Sponsor Cash Award $250
Courtesy of Show Sponsors

Rebecca Krutsinger

Cut Offs

$0.00

Mel Lacki

NWS,CWA,TWSA

Carolyn Latanision

AWS,NWS,PWS,PWCS,NEWS,CLWAC,RMNW,AAA,WPA


Carolyn Latanision

Phone Time, Central Park

$0.00

Donfeng Li

AWS,NWS

Sponsor Cash Award $750
Courtesy of Show Sponsors

Donfeng Li

Pack Rat in the Foggy Morning

$0.00

Shuang Li

NWS, SDWS, WW

Born, raised and classically trained in China, Shuang Li received her BA Degree in Graphic Design and master’s degree in art history. After moving to the U.S., Shuang then received her MFA (Master of Fine Art) Degree from The Department of Art, University of Oregon. Committed to the "En Plein Air" Impressionism approach, Shuang paints both on locations and in her studio. Shuang’s artworks have long been favored by collectors, also regularly exhibited in national and international galleries and group shows, with many honorable awards.


Shuang Li

Winter Kiss, Colorado

$0.00

Carolyn Lord

NWS, CWA

A Studio Arts Major, Lord’s Liberal Arts studies also included Botany and Architectural History which have been enduring motifs throughout her artwork. Lord took oil painting workshops and drawing classes at Golden Gate Atelier in Oakland.  Some of the aesthetic aspects of Tonalism and Impressionism are seen in her artwork, regardless of media. American Artist, Watercolor Artist, Plein Air Magazine, Savvy Painter, and Learn to Paint podcasts have profiled her art and career. Lord has taught watercolor and drawing workshops and has served as a juror and a judge for local, regional, and national exhibitions.  

The Jeanne Shanahan Memorial Award for Plein Air $250
Courtesy of Fallbrook Plein Air Painters

Carolyn Lord

Adolescent Oaks

$0.00

Carol Wilson Mansfield

NWS, SDWS, WFWS

Originally from Oak Park, Illinois, Mansfield grew into her art career starting with junior art classes at the Chicago Art Institute. She graduated from Denison University with a major in Art and minors in Mathematics and Secondary Education. After teaching a few years in High School mathematics and Junior High art, she moved into a commercial art career with American School of Needlework, book publishing – as Art Director and designer for twenty-five years. She is now working with abstract water-media paintings, enjoying travels, and volunteers with several art associations as an active member and Board officer. 


Carol Wilson Mansfield

The Portal

$0.00

Anni Matsick

PWS,PWSA,BWS,WHS

Sponsor Cash Award $500
Courtesy of Show Sponsors

Anni Matsick

Waiting

$0.00

Chuck McPherson

WW, WFWS, SDWS

I am a listed artist and have shown at the Oceanside Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art, California Center for the Arts Escondido, and fine galleries such as the San Diego Watercolor Society, Fallbrook Art Center and the COAL Gallery. My emphasis is on narrative when I paint. I hold workshops and demos. I also teach and mentor artists. I enjoy working in a variety of styles.


Chuck McPherson

Beached Caballero

$0.00

Carol McSweeney

AWS, AWA, SDWS, NWWS, MTWS, MOWS, LWS, WW, WFWS

Carol’s work is primarily figurative and includes portrayals of animals and birds. She has several series of paintings which  interpret her regard for those who live in the West (working men and women, cowboys and First People, etc.) recognizing the common thread that connects us all. She holds numerous awards including 1st  Place and Best of Show in Qingdao, China, for the Missouri International Watercolor Exhibition, as well as 1st  Place and Best of Show for the AWA. Publications include cover images used in the Jumanji II movie and Watercolor Magazine along with feature articles. She received a Readers Competition Award in the Art of Watercolour Magazine.


Carol McSweeney

Unto Himself

$0.00

Ruth Miller

CWA, W, NWWS

I think my paintings tell a story.  I want the viewer to feel the dynamics of the scene.  The noise, movement and animation are all part of the painting.  I want the viewer to sit down with friends at the café, or pick up a paddle to row, or hear the noise of the busy train station. I use light and color to tell my story. I love the contrast created when I place the white of the paper right beside the darkest paint. I travel with a camera. I take photos of my subject from every direction, trying to collect the important information.  I’m never sure from which vantage point will make the best painting!

Merchandise Award $200 + $50 Sponsor Cash Award
Courtesy of CaliforniaWatercolor.com and Show Sponsors

Ruth Miller

Lake Moraine

$0.00

Dean Mitchell

AWS, NWS

Dean won a scholarship to and graduated from the Columbus School of Art & Design in Columbus, OH.  His successful international career has been distinguished by groundbreaking achievements and upended stereotypes.  At the age of twenty-three, he became the youngest artist ever accepted into the National Watercolor Society; just five years later he was admitted into the American Watercolor Society.  He holds numerous gold medals from these and other prestigious painting associations worldwide; his awards now number in the hundreds. His work is featured in museums, corporate and private collections throughout the Country. 

Sponsor Cash Award $400
Courtesy of Show Sponsors

Dean Mitchell

Chavarria

$0.00

Pat Moseuk

AWS, NWS, WHS, SDWS, CWA, ISAP, RMNW

At the age of 17 I had my first solo art show. I first studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland and then transferred to San Francisco’s Academy of Art University, receiving a B.F.A in Illustration with distinction. Working as a freelance designer and illustrator for several years, I always gravitated towards abstract art. I work primarily with acrylic, watercolor, mixed media and collage on paper, panel and canvas. I am a Nationally Award-winning artist, educator, juror and a Signature Member of several water media societies.  


Pat Moseuk

Summer Blues

$0.00

Linda Mullen

SDWS,WFWS


Linda Mullen

Celebrate Life

$0.00

r mike nichols

MCWA,NWS,PWS,RMNW,TWSA,WW


r mike nichols

Little Johns

$0.00

Gay Paratore

NWS,SDWS,TWS,WAS-H,MoWS,WFWS,NSA


Gay Paratore

Hot Day, Cool Water

$0.00

Kris Parins

AWS, NWS, TWSA, WW, SW, FWS, KWS, MOWS, FSWS, WinW

After earning a degree in Related Art from the University of Wisconsin she worked in fibers for several years. A career as an Art Director in the advertising and design field led to an interest in illustration. Kris utilizes the transparency of watercolor to capture the effects of atmosphere. Kris' computer and camera are integral to her creative process. 

American Artist Watercolor and Watercolor Artist magazine covers have featured Kris’ paintings and articles. Her work has been selected for annual exhibitions and several editions of Splash: The Best of Watercolor, International Artist magazine, and The Art of Watercolour magazine. 


Kris Parins

Mojave Passage

$0.00

Rikki Reinholz

WW, SDWS

I enjoy exaggerating the play of light on objects and creating interesting shadow shapes using a combination of "mingling" luminous colors and transparent glazes. My passion for painting is expressed in the way I take advantage of light patterns, shadows and contrasting values to create a mood. The excitement of capturing a visual experience and transferring it to a sheet of white paper is often intimidating, but the freedom to re-arrange these shapes, images and colors in a composition is exhilarating. My goal is to share my feelings of excitement, freedom of expression and the passion to paint with my students and those who view my paintings.


Rikki Reinholz

Branching Out

$0.00

Irena Roman

AWS DF,TWSA,WHS,NEWS

Third Place Award $1,500
Courtesy of Show Sponsors

Irena Roman

Wayne

$0.00

Steve Rothert

WSO,NWWS,NMWS

Charles Henry Rouse

AWS,NWS,CWA,TWSA,PWS,TWS,SDWS,LWS,ALWS,WFWS,NWWS,WW


Charles Henry Rouse

Birds of Color

$0.00

John Salminen

AWS-DF,WS,TWSA-DM,SDWS, Allied Artists, IMWA

The Erickson Family Award $600
Courtesy of Robin Erickson

John Salminen

Rainy Day Windshield

$0.00

Joseph Santos

AWS, NWS

Joseph’s father bought him his first set of watercolors, and he has been obsessed with the medium ever since. He attended Golden West College (1984-1986) and studied art technique and design while also working in his father's art studio. Joseph started working exclusively in watercolor in the late 80s and, in 1999, started to paint the aged and worn industrial and urban objects that he is known for. He has exhibited his work in over 50 national exhibitions and has won awards in some of the nation's most prestigious watercolor shows, and his work has been featured in national publications, including Southwest Art, The Artist's Magazine, and American Art Collector.


Joseph Santos

Blue Crane 3

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Mark Smith

MCWS, TWSA, WW, NWS, WFWS, SDWS

Mark Smith is an artist with his own view on the world. His distorted translation is applied to a typical architectural structure and brings a unique twist that abstracts it into it’s own perspective. Whatever he chooses as subject matter will be brought to a unique life. Mark paints in watercolor or oil. He is influenced by Thiebaud, Hockney, Escher and Wood. When you’re a kid, art is fun. The lines and colors in his paintings reflect back to those feelings. Images that balance between realism and surrealism set in a realm of playful distortions and unique color combinations. 


Mark Smith

The Up and Down

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Susanna Spann

AWS, NWS, TWSA, FWS

Susanna received her BFA and MA from Arizona State University and spent three years at The Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. She was an Adjunct teacher from 1980-1995 at the Ringling School of Design in Sarasota, Florida. She is the owner of Susanna Spann Studios and has participated in outdoor Art Festivals from 1969 to present. She has won over 650 awards for drawings and watercolors and worked on over 20 books. Susanna authored "Painting Flowers and Crystal in Watercolor"


Susanna Spann

Monday Morning Magic

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Robin St. Louis

NWS, WWM, SDWS

My goal is always to capture a feeling of warmth and sunlight in my paintings, and I prefer very saturated color and high contrast.   My work has been featured in the following magazines:  International Artist, Watermedia Focus, The Palette, Watercolor, Watercolor Artist and Watercolor Highlights.  I am fortunate that my paintings have won awards in many national exhibitions, including First Place in the 2014 Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition, and also exhibited in more than ten Watercolor West exhibitions.


Robin St. Louis

A Moment's Peace

$0.00

Nancy Stark

AWS,NWS,RMNW,SDWS,SW,BWS,VWS,PWS,MoWS

The Giannini Award $250
Courtesy of Meline Giannini

Nancy Stark

Raquette Lake Line

$0.00

Robert Steinmetz

AWS,NWS,NEWS

Sponsor Cash Award $250
Courtesy of Show Sponsors

Robert Steinmetz

On Axix

$0.00

Keiko Tanabe

AWS,NWS


Keiko Tanabe

London Museum Visit

$0.00

Don Taylor

TWSA,WW,WFWS,SW,FWS,CWS,WSA,LWS,TWS,KWS,HVAA,MTWS,RRWS


Don Taylor

The Breadmaker

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Ron Thurston

AWS

Ron Thurston has been in numerous exhibitions and publications and has received many awards.

"Watercolor painting is an exploration of transparent spirit possibilities. Some colors hide as to play a supporting role to others that glow as leaders. If we are lucky these visual combinations of spirits, a little bit spontaneous and a little bit planned will hopefully the make everydayness of life a joyful experience."


Ron Thurston

Mitzy and Boots

$0.00

Beatrice Trautman

CWS,WFWS


Beatrice Trautman

Black Beach Mussels

$0.00

James Turner

AWS

The Rantanen Family Award $250
Courtesy of Norm and Marlene Rantanen

James Turner

Tiny Dancer

$0.00

Liz Walker

NWS, NWWS, ISEA, SDWS

Liz received B.A. in Art from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. Her love of watermedia painting led her to begin teaching art classes in 2002. She frequently teaches suminagashi marbling, and acrylic/mixed media workshops at Multnomah Art Center, Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, and the Village Gallery of Arts. Liz has found a way to use marbling as an integral part of her painting technique. What lies beneath the painting is the mysterious marbled pattern—only a fraction of which can be seen. 


Liz Walker

Common Ground #1

$0.00

Laurie Goldstein Warren

AWS,TWSA,WHS,WW,NWWS-GF

Sponsor Cash Award $250
Courtesy of Show Sponsors

Laurie Goldstein Warren

Chinatown Traffic NYC

$0.00

Lorraine Watry

NWS,RMNWS,CWS


Lorraine Watry

Dueling Pintails

$0.00

Marilyn Wear

NWS,TWSA,WW,CWA


Marilyn Wear

Honu with Reef Fish

$0.00

Gayle Weisfield

NMWS


Gayle Weisfield

What Are You Looking At?

$0.00

Lynn Welker

NWS

Pam Wenger

BWS,PWS

Leslie Wilson

MCWA,SDWS,MoWS


Leslie Wilson

Breakfast Chef

$0.00

Donna Jill Witty

AWS, NWS, WHS, TWSA-Master


Donna Jill Witty

My Fair Lady

$0.00

Xiaochang Zhang

NWS,SDWS,TWSA

Best of Show Award $3,500
Courtesy of Show Sponsors

Xiaochang Zhang

Celebration

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Tianya Zhou

AWS, NWS-M

Tianya Zhou was born in 1973 in Jingzhou, Hubei, China and holds a  Bachelor's Degree from Hubei Institute of Fine Art. He lives and paints in Shenzhen and works as a curator and professional artist of Luohu Cultural Center. He is the founder of Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial and has won many major awards in national and international exhibitions. He edited several books that have become among China's best-selling watercolor books. His art articles and works also are featured in some international leading magazines, including Watercolor Artist(USA) and The Artist Magazine(USA). 


Tianya Zhou

Oriental Venice

$0.00

What Do the Letters Behind the Artist’s Names Mean?

Signature Membership

Fallbrook Art Center's Signature American Watermedia Exhibition is open only to artists who hold 'Signature' Membership in one or more recognized watercolor/watermedia societies in the United States. Requirements for attaining a Signature Membership vary by organization, but it is a rigorous process that cannot be purchased and is highly valued honor to the recipient. This is a partial list of the Signature Memberships awarded to our show artists by the society abbreviations.

American Watercolor Society (AWS)
Baltimore Watercolor Society (BWS)
California Watercolor Association (CWA)
Colorado Watercolor Society (CWS) 
Florida Watercolor Society (FWS)
Florida Sun Coast Watercolor Society (FSWS)
Garden State Watercolor Society (GSWCS)
Georgia Watercolor Society (GWS)
Hawaii Watercolor Society (HWS)
Idaho Watercolor Society (IWS)
Illinois Watercolor Society (IWS)
West Virginia Watercolor Society (WVWS)
International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP)
Kentucky Watercolor Society (KWS)
Louisiana Watercolor Society (LWS)
Michigan Watercolor Society (MWS)
Mississippi Watercolor Society (MSWS)
Missouri Watercolor Society (MOWS)
Minnesota Watercolor Society (NMWS)
Montana Watercolor Society (MTWS)
National Watercolor Society (NWS)
Nevada Watercolor Society (NVWS)
New Jersey Watercolor Society (NJWCS)
New Mexico Watercolor Society (NMWS)
Northeast Watercolor Society (NEWS)
Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS)
Ohio Watercolor Society (OWS)
Pennsylvania Watercolor Society (PAWCS)
Philadelphia Watercolor Society (PWCS)
Pittsburgh Watercolor Society (PWS)
Red River Watercolor Society (RRWS)
Rhode Island Watercolor Society (RIWS)
San Diego Watercolor Society (SDWS)
Society of Watercolor Artists (SWA)
Southwestern Watercolor Society (SWS)
Tallahassee Watercolor Society (TaWS)
Tennessee Watercolor Society (TNWS)
Texas Watercolor Society (TWS)
Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA)
Utah Watercolor Society (UWS)
Vermont Watercolor Society (VWS)
Western Colorado Watercolor Society (WCWS) 
Watercolor Society of Alabama (WSA)
Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO)
Watercolor Honor Society (WHS)
Watercolor Society of North Carolina (WCNC)
Watercolor West (WW)
West Virginia Watercolor Society (WVWS)
West Texas Watercolor Society (WFWS)
West Virginia Watercolor Society (WVWS)
Wisconsin Watercolor Society (WWS)
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