Watercolor Artist Announces 2012 Ones to Watch

Few stories generate as much excitement around our offices as Watercolor Artist’s  annual “Ones to Watch” feature, published each year in the December issue.
From Above 2 by Mary Barnett | watercolor abstract landscape

From Above 2 (watercolor on YUPO, 20×29½) by Mary Barnett


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.”


Congratulations to the 2012 Watercolor Artist “Ones to Watch:”

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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