As a teacher and painter for almost 50 years, my passion has always been watercolor painting. A difficult medium to begin with, painting without using any opaque medium is even more challenging. To gain signature status in the Transparent watercolor Society of America, an artist must meet the strict criteria set forth by the society, and be accepted into three separate annual exhibits.
In my previous blog I announced that my painting "D and M Falls" was accepted into the Transparent Watercolor Society's annual exhibit and awards dinner, when I would be awarded signature status into the TWSA.
I enjoyed great conversation with many of my peers, as well as with several of my students who came to share in the days' events, and celebrate with us.
Donna Jill Witty, TWSA Master, president of the TWSA, and former student of mine, gave a very personal, touching presentation, expressing gratitude to me for her own success as a professional artist. I was deeply moved by her words.
I was also awarded the $1000 Winslow Homer Award, and the painting was sold as well!
It was a rewarding time of success, surprises and celebration!
The title of the painting is "D and M Falls". Debbie on the right and Melissa are the "D & M" for contributing to the success of this painting.