Here’s how we find these up-and-coming talents: In May, we send out a call to longtime artist friends, asking for the names of students who specialize in watermedia or watercolor in a variety of genres—be they watercolor landscapes, watercolor portraits, watercolor still life, watercolor flowers or abstracts—in a range of watercolor techniques. The nominees are artists who they believe show exceptional promise and who they’ve recently encountered by way of an exhibition they’ve juried. We then solicit works from each of the nominated artists. Once all the images are in, we begin to highlight the standouts.
“Our goal is to identify up-and-coming watercolor artists who demonstrate both technical skill and unique qualities of self-expression, but who might not otherwise have come to our attention for a few more years,” Kelly Kane, Watercolor Artist editor, says. We look for “artists we can catch early and watch as they continue to hone their styles and techniques—artists who can teach us all something about commitment, drive and belief in one’s self and one’s work.”
Bill Bailey | Oakland, Tennessee
Cheng Fen Yeh | Radford, Virginia
Cindy Evans | Williamston, Michigan
Donna Morrison | Tampa, Florida
Joseph Stoddard | Pasadena, California
Lane Hall | Medford, Oregon
Mary Barnett | Boulder, Colorado
Ona Kingdon | Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Robin Erickson | Fallbrook, California
Suzanne Reed Fine | Columbus, Georgia
Read more about these artists—and why they were nominated by the top watermedia instructors and exhibition jurors—in the December 2012 issue of Watercolor Artist, available on newsstands Oct. 23, 2012, or in digital format at northlightshop.com.
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