Mary Todd Beam A.W.S., N.W.S. is a much sought after workshop teacher and juror who is enthusiastic and energetic in teaching interpretation of the visual image. she has won major awards (including the 2002 gold Medal in the American Watercolor Society International) in many national exhibits, and has recently authored the book Celebrating your Creative Self, published by North Light the spring 2002. she also has a new video titled, An Acrylic Journey, from trash to Treasures, produced by Creative Catalyst Productions. her work appears in many books and publications and is also found in public and private collections here and abroad.

Gerald Brommer NWS, A.W.S, WCWS, is an innovative watercolor and acrylic painter, collagist, teacher, and author. He has won awards in most US national competitive watercolor shows and has had over 160 solo exhibitions across the US and Asia. He has written 18 books and numerous articles, has juried national and regional watermedia exhibitions and has taught workshops in the United States and abroad.

Alex Powers  has been a self-employed painter and teacher for 28 years. He exhibits in galleries in five states and among his many national juried exhibition awards is the Gold Medal in the 1997 American Watercolor Society Exhibition. He travels and teaches workshops in this country and abroad. He is the author of Painting People in Watercolor, A Design Approach, published by Watson-Guptill, now in paperback

Glenn R. Bradshaw, A.W.S., N.W.S., N.A., is Professor Emeritus of Art from the University of Illinois. He is listed in “Who’s Who in American Art”. His paintings have been exhibited internationally and he is a frequent juror for national exhibitions.

Frederick C. Graff A.W.S, N.W.S, is also a signature member of the Midwest Watercolor Society, Akron society of Artists, Whiskey Painters of America, and a charter member of the Ohio Watercolor society. He is one of the most active watercolor instructors of today. He maintains a studio and gallery in Medina, Ohio, and conducts many workshops, lectures, and demonstrations around the country. He has been teaching workshops for the past thirty three years.Broadening Your Understanding of Watercolor - Participants will explore conceptual and innovative watercolor approaches which will further develop and enhance their own personal style of painting. A series of exercises, lectures, and demonstrations will enable each individual to fully understand how to develop a painting which reinforces the elements and principles of design. Emphasis will also be placed on expressing yourself in an artistic yet uninhibited manner. The different painting approaches and concepts introduced will enlighten both the traditional and contemporary watercolor artists.


George James A.W.S, N.W.S is Professor Emeritus of Art at California State university at Fullerton, California, where he has taught since 1968. during those years, he participated in the watercolor painting world with one man shows, group shows and regional, national, and international exhibitions. Working on synthetic paper, and with traditional watercolor media, he has been able to take the watercolor medium to a new creative experience. This area of research in the watercolor medium had never been explored by the watercolor community and he has received a number of awards for the uniqueness of his approach, including the 1999 A.W.S Gold Medal and the 2001 A.W.S Bronze medal and the N.W.S Silver Star.


Margaret M. Martin, A.W.S, N.W.S, painter, teacher, author, juror, was born, resides, and maintains a studio in Buffalo, NY. A graduate of Boston University, with a B.F.A in Advertising Design, she was an Advertising Art Director for 15 years. She is author of the North Light book, "No More Wishy-Washy Watercolor". The recipient of many national and regional watercolor awards, Martin's work is included in numerous corporate, public and private collections, including the Taiwan Art Institute, Taipai, Taiwan.

Katherine Chang Liu, N.W.S., is a full time exhibiting artist, who shows internationally. Her work has been featured in 21 books and over 45 articles. A recipient of funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Katherine has served as a juror for over 80 national, regional, and statewide competitions. She has taught for museums and various art groups since 1978. From 2000 on, Katherine has reduced her teaching activities to 3-4 workshops a year.

William B. (Skip) Lawrence received a B.F.A. degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and M.A. degree from Towson University. North Light published his book, “Painting Light and Shadow in Watercolor”, in 1994. Skip has conducted hundreds of workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad and continues to find teaching a rewarding and stimulating activity reinforcing and adding to his enthusiasm for painting. He is an articulate teacher who brings warmth and humor to his classes, sharing personal experience and professional insight.
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Carrie Brown N.W.S. has studied art extensively and has painted, exhibited and conducted classes for thirty years. Her innovative ways have prompted inclusion of her work in publications such as Gerald Brommer's Collage Techniques and May Ann Beckwith's Creative Watercolor.

Jean H. Grastorf, A.W.S, N.W.S, is also an elected member of Watercolor West, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society, Midwest, Florida, Georgia and Southern Watercolor Societies. She served as a member of the Board of the American Watercolor Society and was Chairman of the Jury of Awards. Among her honors are the First Award and Robert E. Wood Memorial from the N.W.S, the Elsie and David Wu Ject-key from the A.W.S and First Prize awarded by Southern Watercolor Society.
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Polly Hammett is a signature member of A.W.S., N.W.S., and a professional member of the American Art Therapy Association. Her numerous honors include awards in exhibits at the Albuquerque Art Museum, the Oklahoma Museum of Art and the American Watercolor Society and her work is included in numerous public and private collections. She juries numerous exhibits including the American Watercolor Society 130th Annual International Exhibition in 1997. Ms. Hammett teaches classes and workshops across the United States and Canada and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s Who of American Women.

Warren Taylor, AWS,NWS, is a member of the Watercolor USA National Honor Society and a full time teacher on the staff of Midland College in Midland, Texas. He was the winner of the Arches Competition and most recently, on of four American finalists in the Winsor-Newton International Competition which was seen in London, Stockholm and New York.



Pat San Soucie, A.W.S, DF, N.W.S, holds a BS Degree in Applied Arts from the University of Wisconsin, and is a member in numerous watercolor organizations. She is included in "Who's Who in American Art' and "Who's Who in American Women". She has won many top awards and her work has been published in numerous books and articles.
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John Salminem,   A.W.S, N.W.S, DF, is also a member of the Watercolor USA Honor Society, and hold Master status in the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (formerly Midwest Watercolor Society). He is a frequent juror and judge, most notably for the American Watercolor Society in 2000 and 2003, and for the National Watercolor Society in 2003. He has won numerous prizes in national shows, including the Silver Medal and three High Winds Medals in A.W.S exhibitions. His work is widely published in national and international publications. John's abstract mixed media painting "Battery Park II" was awarded first place in the Experimental Category of "Artists Magazine's" competition 2000, judged by Edward Betts.

Carole D. Barnes, A.W.S., N.W.S., has a degree with honors in Art Education from Penn State University. She has received over 40 awards in national shows and has served as juror for both the American Society and National Watercolor Society.

Carole served as A.W.S. Awards Juror in 2002. She was chosen Acrylic Teacher of the Year by American Artist Magazine.

Steve Rogers, A.W.S, N.W.S, has won awards in the A.W.S International Exhibition three out of the last four years that he was included in that exhibition. He has been included in the N.W.S exhibition many times, with awards. His work is represented in many public collections, including the Florida Senate Collection, and many corporate collections, such as Walt Disney World (17 paintings), Euro-Disney in Paris, France (16 paintings), AT&T Collections, etc. He has recently written chapters in two new books, "Expressing the Visual Language of the Landscape (pub. International Artist Publishing, 2002 and a chapter in "The One Hour Watercolorist" (pub. North Light Books, 2001)
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Don Andrews, A.W.S. is a graduate of Ringling School of Art and a past board of director of the American Watercolor Society. He has conducted over 200 workshops throughout the USA, Canada, and Mexico and is author of Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor, published by Watson-Guptill.
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Eric Wiegardt, N.W.S., has been awarded the Mary S. Litt Medal from the American Watercolor Society and chosen for both the American and National Watercolor Societies' traveling exhibitions. He is the author of Watercolor Free & Easy (North Light), and is featured in eight other books, Watercolor (Spring 1999), and in a 4-part series in International Artist Magazine. He is a member of the National, Midwest, and Northwest Watercolor Societies, Allied Artists of America, and International Society of Marine Painters. Since 1985 he has been in demand as a workshop instructor, both nationally and internationally.
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Jerry Seagle, N.W.S. graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.F.A degree in painting. He furthered his studies on a graduate fellowship in Mexico City. He works with acrylic on paper and canvas, as well as a variety of mixed media on paper. Jerry has received over 250 awards in regional and national exhibitions, and his paintings have been reproduced in several articles on experimental watermedia painting.

Louise Cadillac, top award winning painter, juror and author, holds an MA in Art Education, earning the Vincent Van Gogh Plaque for Outstanding Leadership in Arts Education. A popular workshop teacher, Louise takes time to author instructional articles and essays for popular art magazines and books. Her most recent judging assignments include the rocky Mountain National Watermedia 2002, and the San Diego Watercolor Society’s International. She is represented in Select private, public, and corporate collections in the U.S. and Europe.

Gerald F. Brommer, N.W.S, A.W.S, WCWS, RMNWS, is the author of numerous books and articles in art educational journals. "Careers in Art and Design" was published in 1997 and his most recent book, , was published in January 1999 (both by Davis Publications, Inc.) You might also be interested in his book (International Artists Publications) He has juried national and regional watermedia and multimedia exhibitions and has taught workshops in the United States and abroad.

Carla O'Connor is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society, and the Northwest Watercolor Society and an A.W.S Dolphin Fellow. She has conducted private classes and watercolor workshops across the US and Canada, and is a frequent juror for national and regional exhibition. Her award-winning paintings are featured in numerous publications.

Marilyn Hughey Phillis, A.W.S, N.W.S, artist, juror, teacher from Wheeling, WV, is the author of Watermedia Techniques for Releasing the Creative Spirit, published by Watson-Guptill in 1992. She authored a chapter in Bridging Time & Space: Essays on Layered Art, 1998, Markowitz Publishing. Through the Ohio Watercolor Society, she founded and organized the international biennial seminars, "Stretching Boundaries for Creative People." She has juried the major national competitive exhibitions and is a popular, respected international workshop instructor and award winning exhibitor.

Frank Webb A.W.S, DF, N.W.S, is also a signature member of too many other watercolor societies to list here. he is a World-class watercolor painter who has been self-employed as an artist since 1958. He has authored three books on painting and design, he is listed in "Who's Who in American Art" and in" Who's Who in the East". He is a frequent juror and has conducted painting seminars in 50 states and in numerous locations worldwide.

Design and Energy in Watercolor - Each workshop day beings with a demonstration of how a subject is conceived and designed. To broaden the scope of experience, Mr. Webb uses a different procedure with each daily demonstration, such as: how to divide paper, interpreting and recreating tonal values, shape making, and creating expressive color. After the demo he is available for consultation any stage of the participant's work. You are encouraged to become you by achieving victory over any kind of imitation. Each day concludes with an appraisal/appreciation of each participant's work.

Barbara Nechis A.W.S, NA, was a faculty member of Parsons School of Design
for many years and has taught seminars at Pratt Institute, throughout North
America and abroad. She has served as juror and director of the American Water-
color Society, and is the author of Watercolor From the Heart (Watson-Guptill, 1993)
and Watercolor the Creative Experience (North Light, 1979). Her work appears in
many publications and collections, among them the Butler Institute of American Art,
IBM and Citicorp.

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Miles Batt 
Miles G. Batt, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, is nationally known for his improvisational, innovative watercolors. Artist, teacher, and author of THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO CREATIVE WATERCOLOR, he has garnered over 155 national and regional awards. Miles is an elected member of 15 watercolor societies, including A.W.S, N.W.S, and Watercolor USA Honor Society.

Serge Hollerbach, N.A., A.W.S., D.E., is the author of numerous books and articles, among the Composing in Acrylics (Watson Guptill, 1988) The Beach (Albatros, Paris, 1992) and Sketches in Pen and Ink and Watercolor (Newman and Saunders, 1987). His work is in numerous museums in the USA and Europe. Some of his recent one-man shows were held in Paris (1994/1995) and Moscow (1995)

Jonathan Talbot - Works by painter and collage artist Jonathan Talbot have been exhibited at the National Academy and the Museum of Modern Art in New York and has represented the U.S. overseas in exhibitions sponsored by the State Department and the Smithsonian Institution. Talbot's works are included in museum collections in the United States and Europe and in other public and private collections world wide. Talbot is the recipient of a career achievement award from the Florence Biennial 2001 and is the author of "Collage: A New Approach".
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