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Presidents Message
January 2017

"Art should be like a holiday: something to give a man
the opportunity to see things differently and to change his point of view."
Paul Klee, painter (1879-1940)

Helene LancasterHere we are at the top of another New Year! We have enjoyed the efforts of an extraordinary group of people who manage the continuing, running success of our organization! Much has been accomplished this past year!  Each Volunteer, Board Member and each Program Chair is an extraordinarily vital link in keeping things moving ahead for the CWS.  There is much to be done and I am thankful to all for your support in the face of constant changes!  I am honored to be of service to such a distinguished body of membership. As we move forward into 2017, our Board and Chairpeople share a goal to feed your “art hearts” to content. The Society is grateful for your friendship and continuing support!   

Our board members work tirelessly on planning the coming year. Compliments to Mary Ann Hollars, for stepping up to contract with new artists to fulfill our calendar, and to Nancy Vallimont who will assist.

I invite you to encourage others to become members to discover and engage with our Society.  Everything we do is about you, our members, from developing your potential to improving your skills in Watercolor. I hope you enjoy our programs and continue to find that CWS allows you to connect with artist members, new and old.  And, most importantly, I hope you continue to find that CWS strengthens the work you do in watercolor every day.

As for you, our valued Membership ~ The CWS wants to continue to inspire and challenge all your talents. We want to strengthen your voice and development in this watercolor community.  We value every member, and we hope you enjoy the diverse and accomplished artists we have lined up for meeting demonstrations.
We’d like to hear what you have to say, your suggestions, ideas, and insights need to be heard! Each of us can and should be ambassador for our organization. We're looking forward to a wonderfully stimulating year. Take advantage of all the Citrus Watercolor Society has to offer!

Reward yourself and paint!!
Helene Lancaster, President


by Norm Freyer

Plein Air Painting – What’s It All About?

Joyce CusickI am sure that, at some time or other, you have seen an artist busy painting on an easel outside at some location. And you were probably unaware that the artist was doing what is called plein air painting. Wikipedia states, “En plein air is a French term that translates literally as the open air.” The term “plein-air painting,” as it is currently used, usually refers to paintings that are completed on location. Once considered revolutionary, when French Impressionists like Monet and Pissarro first began painting outdoors, today working on location is routine for many landscape artists. Plein-air painters often contend that something is lost when a painting originates from a photograph as the sole reference material—that it just doesn’t convey the experience of being there.

At the January 13th meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Society we are fortunate to have one of our long-term members, Dunnellon artist Joyce Cusick, as our demonstrator on the subject of Plein Air Painting. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design, and after graduating, she was employed in a staff artist position with The Paramount Line greeting card company, in Pawtucket, R.I. Upon moving to Florida, she and her husband Gene raised three children, she freelanced Illustration and Design, and studied and went to college. She graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting. She taught drawing and painting at Loch Haven Art Center, Orlando and in Hollywood, Florida. Today, she and her husband have been Marion County residents for 38 years. Joyce says, “I have always enjoyed being outside in undeveloped natural and woodland areas, along rivers and at the seashore. Pencils and sketchbook went with me everywhere so I could draw and capture the wonders that I saw.” She continues, “My favorite subjects are trees, especially the mighty cypress trees that grow along the Rainbow and Withlacoochee Rivers. People, coastal birds and wild animals are also favorites, especially Florida Panthers, whenever they appear I quickly paint them into the picture. The State Parks including Rainbow Springs, North of Dunnellon and the Florida Wildlife Park in Homosassa are also favorite places to paint.  Anything that moves or catches the light, including people and portraits are within my chosen subjects”. Joyce is a member of the Citrus Watercolor Society, the Florida Watercolor Society, the Ocala Art Group, Ocala Plain Air Painters and the Florida Plain Air Painters. She has continued her education attending workshops with noted artists, Nita Leland, David Becker, Janet Rogers, Peter Spatero, Judi Wagner, Pat Weaver, Jean Grastorf, Steve Rogers and others. To view Joyce’s work, go to her web site at

by Norm Freyer

Learn More About Watercolor with Tom Jones

Tom JonesI had been painting with watercolors for a few years and had some successes along the way. But it was a tip from Tom Jones, after he had observed some of my paint selections during a workshop, that changed the quality of my artwork forever. He told me that I should try Rembrandt brand of watercolor paints which were more vibrant than those that I was using. I made the move, dumping my current paints and ordering the watercolor paints recommended by Tom. Those vibrant colors improved the quality, the appearance, and the vibrancy of my artwork. And I use those paints to this day. Tom shares his passion for art and love of painting with students of varying skill levels through nationwide workshops, demonstrations, and instructional DVDs. His approach to watercolor painting just seems to make things so simple. He says, "I am a story teller. I tell stories with my paintings, of places I have been and things I have seen. I believe that a painting should not only tell a story, but should have a story behind it. All my paintings do."

Tom has traveled from coast to coast in the U.S., and International sites with his workshops that are in constant demand. Always sporting a straw hat with a colorful band, he has indeed become a very popular artist. He is one of the most popular artists among Nature Coast watercolorists as well. He has been a frequent visitor and demonstrator at the Citrus Watercolor Society; and has presented numerous educational workshops to local artists. Tom and his wife Bonnie reside in Central Florida. Both are members of the Citrus Watercolor Society. On Friday, December 9th, he makes a return stop to the area as the demonstrator for the Citrus Watercolor Society Holiday Luncheon to be held at the Citrus Hill Golf & Country Club in Hernando, FL.

Tom has been commissioned by government agencies, corporations, environmental groups, clubs, and private collectors have commissioned him to expand their art collections. In answer to popular demand, he typically produces his watercolor landscapes in a series of three or five paintings around a specific theme. His art can be found internationally in many private and corporate collections, including commissioned paintings displayed in the Florida State Capital Building, Walt Disney World Corporation, Marriott Corporation, and the Omni Corporation. Tom's work has been featured in many books and on magazine covers as well as posters and brochures. Tom Jones’ web site is .

If you have never taken a workshop with Tom Jones – now is the time to start! Tom will be conducting a one-day workshop on Saturday, December10 at the Whisperings Pines facility in Inverness, FL. For information contact Jeanne Conrad at 352-628-7760. Also, for more info click here.

by Norm Freyer

Enjoy the Journey in Watercolor Art

Art FestivalThe November meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Society will feature Inverness artist, Kim Shields as demonstrator. I remember the first time that I saw Kim Shields – I think that it was at the Citrus Watercolor Society “Show & Tell Program” in 2008. At that time, I was president of the Citrus Watercolor Society, and while I was standing in front of the assembled group, I could see this gentleman standing in the rear, obviously so that he would not miss anything that going on during the program. Now, just eight years later, Kim has progressed to the point where he has served as President of the Florida Watercolor Society (FWS), and ably led their 45th Annual Exhibition, Convention and Trade Show held recently in Ocala. He is also on the Board of the 45th Annual Festival of the Arts in Inverness. He is a Past President of the Citrus Watercolor Society. I think that his artists statement provides insight into the progress this artist has made in the world of watercolor art and artists.

He says, “For me life has become, not about the destination, but rather learning to enjoy the journey. That journey has not always taken a direct route. There have been a few stops and detours along the way. I suppose that also describes my journey of discovering my place in fine art.” He continues, “I have had no formal education in art. I graduated from a small Baptist college with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, with art as only an occasional enjoyment. I have no regrets in that part of my journey, as I have learned much. A few years ago, because of some outside influences, I found myself taking a different path. I put down the trowel, and picked up the artist's paint brushes, and pulled from under the bed those paintings stored out of sight for too long. Just as I had failed to pull out of myself the gifts God gave me, and finally share them with others. There was a time when five years was an eternity. Now five years as an artist makes me realize, five years is only a beginning. A beginning of a journey that will be winding, yet full of interesting and enjoyable discovery. I believe like most artists; my best work is still before me. And I am going to enjoy the journey getting there.”

Kim is a member of the Citrus Watercolor Society, Florida Watercolor Society, the Pastel Society of Central Florida, Plein Air Artists of Florida, and the Nature Coast Painters. He has been recognized with numerous awards including artwork chosen for exhibit in the FWS 2009, 2011 and 2012 Exhibitions. To view his artwork in landscapes, portraits and figuratives, see his web site at.

The Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) will hold its annual Fall Show and Sale at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park on Saturday, November 19, and Sunday, November 20, 2016. Watercolor art by many artists from the Nature Coast will be on exhibit and for sale.


Photo Collage Courtesy of Patricia Otto

October Press Release
by Norm Freyer

Popular St. Petersburg Artist Returns to
Citrus Watercolor Society

Terry DensonIt is amazing how time does fly by. I had to go back in my records to find the last time that Terry Denson appeared as a demonstrator at the Citrus Watercolor Society, all the way back to December 2006. It just doesn’t seem that long ago. So, it is with a warm welcome that we have Terry return as the October 2016 demonstrator.

Terry Denson has been an Army officer, public affairs officer for a Texas state agency, a management consultant, a full time cruising sailor, and a real estate agent.  She studied drawing at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore and at other institutions, and has attended workshops with a number of prominent artists throughout the United States.  She began studying watercolor in 1995, shortly before beginning a six-year sailboat cruise of the Eastern U.S., Bahamas, Caribbean, & Central America.   Seeking a medium that fit the limited space aboard her sailboat, “Door into Summer”, she chose watercolors.  And yes, she had a cat named Pete. 

After returning to land life she expanded to acrylic painting but transparent watercolors remain her primary medium.  It was not until 2003 she had the opportunity to become a full-time artist.  She is, largely, a self-taught artist.  Her work displays the vibrant colors of the Caribbean, the Southwest, and Florida as well as the more muted tones of Maine and Maryland. 

She is a popular teacher and watercolor workshop instructor.  She has displayed in numerous outdoor art festivals and organizational exhibitions throughout the country where she has received a number of awards.  She is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society (FWS) and the Kentucky Watercolor Society.  Her paintings have been used as promotional materials by the Southern Watercolor Society, the Florida Watercolor Society, Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association, and several art festivals throughout Florida. One can view Terry’s artwork by visiting the currently running FWS 45th Annual Exhibition featured now at the Webber Center at the College of Central Florida in Ocala, and viewing her painting “Ancestors and Orchids”, or by visiting her web site at

Terry Denson's Demonstration: Contrast & Color

Terry will demonstrate how to develop your own unique color palette, how to plan color schemes, and use a variety of contrast techniques, to include temperature, value, intensity, value and texture.  Several new texturing and paint application techniques and planning the combination of paint and liquid and dry inks will be covered.

FWS Convention

by Norm Freyer

I Tried Watercolor Painting, But It's Just Too Hard

When I exhibit at art shows, I frequently get a questions like, “How does one get started in watercolor painting?”, or comments to the other extreme like, “I tried watercolor, but it is too hard”, or, “I can’t control the paint”, etc. So I decided to rehash some of the things that I have written about in previous columns. When the novice painter decides to enter the field of watercolor art, it certainly can become a challenge just to master the descriptive language used in this form of art. Not that the terms are much different than other forms of the visual arts such as acrylics, oils, pastels and gouaches. In addition to the myriad of colors now available, one has to think about analogous colors, complementary colors, split complementary colors, triads and tetrads. Does the novice artist paint in techniques of realism, impressionism, representational – in the home, gallery, workshop or Plein Air? Portraits, landscapes, still life, seascapes or abstract? And what about the types of brushes to use – and what about the selection of watercolor papers? There is hot press, cold press, 140 lb., 300 lb., Yupo, and then, yes, there is Clay Board. It’s all too much! It’s enough to discourage the novice right from the start! But not to fear. These uncertainties can be addressed by taking good introductory watercolor courses like those offered at the Art Center of Citrus County in Hernando. Or, attend one of the monthly watercolor demonstrations presented by the Citrus Watercolor Society. Everyone has to start somewhere, and these are very good starting points. And remember – practice, practice, practice! The “Art of Watercolor” is a monstrous field and you never stop learning!

The September 9th meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Society (CWS) will feature many of the issues that I have addressed in the first paragraph. If you are one of those who are aspiring watercolorists, I would invite you to visit with the Society on this occasion. Artist members will share with their CWS peers and visitors in a “Show & Tell” program that is a review of work accomplished over the past few months. (Click to see the entire collage of participants.. click again to view a larger image.)

Photo Collage Courtesy of Barbara Fife

This is a popular and fun program allowing individual artists to relate how their paintings were structured, what components were used – the paints, paper, brushes and colors that were selected, and any special techniques that were employed. Artists ranging from the beginner to some of the best local watercolorists will discuss the ways in which they have accomplished the art of watercolor. Regardless of one’s experience, everyone’s paintings want to be seen and reviewed. It is a time to review and relate – all in the spirit of learning good watercolor techniques.

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July-2016Ray Jowers Members can post condolence messages to the family on the website,  

Helene Lancaster, President

Things Change - And There Is a Bright Future

July 2016 Press Release by Norm Freyer

Ray JowersJuly is the one month of the year that the Citrus Watercolor Society declares a hiatus, and takes a deep breath in anticipation of the events of the future. But things change, and we have no control over those changes. Such is the recent unexpected death of Ray Jowers, the First Vice President, Programs, of the Citrus Watercolor Society. As I sit here thinking about Ray, I have concluded that you don’t know how much you are going to miss a person until they are gone. Ray was a giant among the art groups of the Nature Coast. Among those in which he participated are the Citrus Watercolor Society(CWS), the Nature Coast Painters, the Ocala Art Group, and the Florida Watercolor Society (FWS). He organized and was the leader of the Nature Coast Painters art critique group. Ray served as president of the CWS for three terms. He continued to be very active as the First Vice President of the CWS in charge of programs. He was influential. One of the greatest reasons for the success of the Society was his ability to continually secure artists of national acclaim to demonstrate and conduct workshops at the Citrus Watercolor Society. He was a good watercolorist, he was also a very good photographer, and in his later years he turned largely to digital art and photography. I don’t know what else to say – except that I am very sad, because I lost a friend, and I, like many others will miss him.
The immediate future for watercolor art shines very bright indeed! That is because the 45th Florida Watercolor Society Convention, Trade Show and Exhibition comes to the Nature Coast September 19 -25, 2016. The convention headquarters will be located at the Ocala Hilton in Ocala, FL. The Annual Exhibition of winning art work will be held at the College of Central Florida, Webber Gallery, 3001 SW College Rd, Ocala, FL. The exhibition reception will be on Friday, Sept. 23 from 5:30 to 7 PM. Artwork will be on exhibition at the Webber Gallery until October 21, 2016. This affair has been under the leadership of Inverness artist Kim Shields, the current President of the Florida Watercolor Society. The program includes workshops by nationally recognized watercolorists, Ted Nuttall, Ron Thurston, Steve Rogers, and Kathy Durdin. Local artists should not miss this event, including the trade show and the exhibition reception. Get your convention reservation in early – register on line at the FWS web site.

Recent Programs

August 12, 2016 – Pat Weaver –
“Direct, Spontaneous Painting with Watercolor”

Press Release by Norm Freyer
Pat WeaverThe Citrus Watercolor Society starts another year of meetings, workshops, shows and sales, at its monthly meeting on Friday, August 12, 2016. Our demonstrator at this session will be Dade City watercolorist, Pat Weaver. It seems to me that it was only a short time ago that Pat was featured at one of our meetings. I was stunned to find that the last time she was here was in March of 2007. So - we welcome back an internationally recognized watercolor artist with more than 30 years of experience. Her commissioned pet portraits and painting workshops are highly sought after across the country. She is particularly noted for her spontaneous and direct watercolor work. The colors excite the viewer and flow from her brush like music from a fine violin. Her love, knowledge and command of the watercolor medium is passed onto the hundreds of students who have taken her painting workshops throughout the years. Pat conducts classes on Portrait and Figures; Landscapes; Floral and Still Life; Animals; Drawing and Color Theory throughout the U.S. and abroad. She inspires, motivates and teaches the fundamental principles of painting, choosing to allow students to develop their own style of painting. But all the while disciplining and encouraging them to apply the principles taught to produce fine art. Pat Weaver is a Signature Member, Life Member, and Past President of the Florida Watercolor Society. She is also a Signature Member of the Georgia Watercolor Society as well as an Associate Member of the Society of Animal Artists, New York, NY. Pat’s art education is basically through independent study supplemented by art workshops with Claude Croney, Daniel Green, Ted Goerschener, Marilyn Simandle, Robert Bateman, John Seery-Lester, Edgar Whitney and Betty Lou Schlem. Pat maintains a studio at her home in Dade City, FL. You can view Pat’s work by accessing her web site at


Pat Weaver conducted a one-day workshop at the Whispering Pines Park facility on Saturday, August 13, 2016. To see the workshop PHOTOS click here.

Pat WeaverA Note from Pat Weaver:


Courtesy of Pat Otto, click here to VIEW A PHOTO COLLAGE of this workshop


June 10, 2016 - "Casual Reality" on Display at Watercolor Society Meeting

Press Release by Norm Freyer

Sarah -by Libit JonesThe visiting demonstrator at the June 10th meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Society is Libit Jones, and promises to be a real treat for artist members and guests attending. Libit is a native of Texas, and after serving many years as a commercial artist, started painting watercolors a number of years ago. She paints with strong contrast and pure color that entices and draws the viewer to explore the power of her paintings. Her style is what she calls “Casual Reality”. Her subject matter is whatever catches her eye or her heart. Libit is comfortable painting figures, animals, abstracts, series and still life. She has studied in workshops Judi Dazzio, Carla O’Connor, Steven Quiller, Fredrick Graff and Mark Mahaffey. She is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society, and is the immediate Past President of the Florida Watercolor Society. She is also a member of the Suntan Art Center and The Art Center of St. Petersburg. She was a watercolor instructor at the Morean Art Center in St. Petersburg, FL from 1998 – 2008, and at the Suntan Art Center in St. Petersburg from 2008 - 2010. She is kept busy conducting workshops and teaching classes throughout Florida. Her works been exhibited in the Florida Watercolor Society 30th, 31st, 32nd, 35th, 37th, 38th, 42nd Annual Exhibitions. Her painting “Shadow Play” was accepted for exhibit in the 2010 exhibition of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. Libit Jones will conduct a one-day workshop on Saturday, June 11th at the Whispering Pines Park Center. For workshop information, call Meredith Keene at 352-382-8973. Visit Libit’s web site at – and Enjoy!

For more information on Libit Jones' demo and workshop - click here....


May 13, 2016 - Villages Artist Featured at Watercolor Society Officer Installation Ceremonies

Press Release by Norm Freyer

Jeanne WilletteAt the Citrus Watercolor Society meeting on Friday, May 13, 2016, artist members will observe the 35th year of the founding of the organization. Recently, the membership voted to change the name of the organization to the Citrus Watercolor Society. This change reflects the growth in membership and changes in regional scope. The luncheon affair to be held at the Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club in Hernando. Following the luncheon, installation ceremonies for recently elected 2016-2017 society officers will be conducted by Inverness artist Barbara Kerr.
The featured demonstrator will be Jeanne Willette, outstanding watercolorist from The Villages, FL. She is a native of western Michigan, and has been a Florida resident for 19 years. She was a graduate of Stephens College in 1960, with degree in Retailing/Fashion Illustrating, the Grand Valley State University in 1981 with a B.S. in Art Therapy/Art Education, and attended the Slade School of Fine Art, London, England, Summer Intensive in 1980. Jeanne Says, “For the past 13 years, my calling has been in teaching and immersion in the Visual Arts. Many hours in workshops and lectures prepared me for the rather diverse methods in use in creating an art piece. Beginning as a fashion illustrator and advancing into decorative painting, and teaching for 40 years, watercolor caught my attention. After years of precise painting, experimental and abstract/imaginative work began to make a strong emphasis in most of my gallery entries.” She continues,” There are four directions on which I focus, mono prints, mixed media, and a sprinkling of acrylics on canvas and watercolor. I create all of my own greeting cards and calendars annually in watercolor and pen and ink. My work appears in collections in Michigan, North Carolina, Arizona, and I exhibit mainly in the central region of Florida.” Willette was a juried artist for the “Horse Fever” figures in Ocala, FL. She feels that her complete enjoyment comes from her love of painting and drawing with others, or presenting demos on one of her techniques, such as splash watercolor, mono printing or collage. She has judged competitions and given critiques, as well. She began and chaired the Art Scholarship Fund for the Visual Arts Association for nearly 10 years. Currently she is Co-President of the Villages Art League (VAL), the original art group, and one of the largest art groups in the Villages, FL. You can find some examples of her work on her Facebook site at

April 8, 2016 - It’s Time for a Little Abstract Reality

Press Release by Norm Freyer

Sue PrimeauTalented Ocala artist Sue Primeau is scheduled as the demonstrating artist at the April 8th meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Club. I have only known Sue for about ten years but I am in awe at the number of new ideas and concepts that continually spew from her creative mind. Rummaging through her gallery of abstracts, figuratives, florals and landscapes, I have to ask myself, “Where does she get the inspiration for all this creative output?” Sue is a resident of Ocala, originally from Minnesota. She has a BS in Industrial Technology, Graphics, from Cheyney University, Cheyney, PA, and an MBA from University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.  Sue is an associate member of Florida Watercolor Society, the Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala FL, the Ocala Art Group, and the Visual Arts Society, Ocala FL.

She refers to her work as abstract reality. She is passionate about the world in which we live and the beauty that surrounds our everyday life. It is this readily available subject where she finds her inspiration. Being that she works primarily in watercolor, a medium she prefers not to control she often begins by letting shapes and colors occur spontaneously with little or no guidance. Sue then studies the resulting image to determine how she will develop the painting. She feels the favorite expression of her mother and grandmother sums up her painting style.” It is the little things that count”, while recognizing too much detail in a painting is simply replicating a photograph.

Sue's originals, giclées, and prints sell largely by word of mouth and she's been commissioned for a number of private paintings. She's been licensed on greeting cards and a number of her works and some lessons are published in how-to watercolor books by internationally known artist Karlyn Holman. Sue exhibits at various juried and non-juried art shows where she has received numerous awards and honors. Some of her most recent awards include 2015 Third place, One Blood Golden Easel Award, Ocala FL; Purchase Award at the 2013 GFAA Art Festival at Thornebrook, Gainesville FL; 2011 First place; Ocala Art Group; 2011 First place Artoberfest, Ocala FL, and Visual Artists Society, Best of Season, Ocala FL. Aside from painting Sue loves to teach watercolor techniques and takes great joy in helping others realize their innate creative and artistic talents. You can view the work of Sue Primeau by accessing her web site at

April 9, 2016 - One-Day Workshop

Sue Primeau will be teaching a one-day workshop on Saturday, April 9th at the Whispering Pines Park Recreation Center in Inverness. For information, call Lou Friedman at 352-344-1024.


March 11, 2016 Demonstartion: Sharon Bray
This Artist Paints What She Loves

Sharon Bray Demo
March Press Release by Norm Freyer

It is always amazing to me that there are so many high quality watercolorists active in the Nature Coast area. Many of those artists are members of the Citrus Watercolor Club. The quality of fine art completed by those artists was recognized recently by the crowds that visited the CWC Show & Sale at the Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park. So now, we tap that tremendous inventory of fine artists for the demonstrator at the CWC March 11, 2016 meeting. We did not have to venture far to find another fine watercolorist in Sharon Bray of Weeki Wachee, FL. She was born in Terre Haute, Indiana where she attended Indiana State University and studied Fine Arts.  She continued her education by attending St. Leo College where she received a BA in Fine Arts Education. She attended University of South Florida where she received her Bachelor's degree in Math, and her Master's in Guidance.  She received an Educational Specialist Degree from Nova University. Sharon is a retired educator, and resides in Weeki Wachee, Florida.  She has taught Art, Math, and served as a Guidance Counselor, and an Assistant Principal in Hernando County, Florida.  Previously, she was an Interior Designer, a Landscape Designer and Illustrator.  She owned a landscaping business and illustrated for the builders. She has studied under many notable artists, whom she admires and credits for her artistic maturity.  Sharon’s use of watercolors or oils Sharon Brayare applied with a delicate fresh approach. Her creative talents are captured in her paintings demonstrating detailed sensitivity using dramatic lighting combined with her use of color to create the emotions of a story. Her landscape paintings draw you into the painting giving you glimpses of places she has visited. Sharon is well known for her portrait paintings of adults, pets, and children. Her patrons share in her delight as she tells a story about her subjects by capturing the expressions on their faces and body language. Sharon says, "Capturing the likeness of a person with a stroke of a brush or a pencil line is exciting and the story begins at that first moment.” She studied the master artists, and she continues to research the style of many talented contemporary artists.  She is continuing her art education by attending workshops with renowned artists Pat Weaver, Diane Becker, Susan Harrison-Tustain, and follows the teachings of Richard Robinson. She has displayed her work as a featured artist in Indiana, Missouri and Florida.  She has entered juried art shows and she has received many awards including Best of Show and Purchase Prize Awards.  She has served on committees to promote the arts in education and Artist-in-Residence Programs.  She is a member of the Spring Hill Art League, the Citrus Watercolor Club, and the Florida Watercolor Club. Her artwork is located in many private and public collections, including banks, corporate offices, and doctor’s offices. You can see examples of her work at her web site


February 2016 Art Show and Sale - Homosassa Springs

The Citrus Watercolor Club spring show and sale was held at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park on Saturday, February 20 & Sunday, February 21, 2016. Thank you to Jeanne Conrad for providing documented photos of the winning entires.

  • Second Place - Chuck Chesnul
  • Third Place - Laurie Kansky
  • Honorable Mention - Helene Lancaster
  • Honorable Mention - Susan Strawbridge

February 12, 2016
A Visit from a Master of the Art of Watercolor

Press Release by Norm Freyer

Virginia ChenGainesville watercolorist Virginia Chen will be the demonstrating artist for the Citrus Watercolor Club meeting on February 12, 2016. About a month ago, I visited Virginia’s home along with some other artists from a watercolor critique group. Virginia has a number of her paintings on exhibit throughout her home. Personally I find her watercolors stunning, because when you see them you know that you have encountered something very special. Critiques of her work usually end up with a succession of praises for work not just well done – but of a mastered artistry. Those praises can best be summarized by what is found regarding her art on the Internet. “Watercolor is Virginia's first choice of expression. She finds that this media provides the unique qualities of transparency, clarity, freshness, and pure spontaneity. Her choice of subjects includes florals, landscapes, buildings, boats, wildlife, etc. Her use of light and color transposes the viewer to a simple place & time and also inspires feelings of joy, peace and harmony. Most of her work grows out of a sense of beauty and desire to impart visual pleasure to the viewer.”

Virginia has been painting and exhibiting her work in Gainesville area since 1980. Originally from Hong Kong, she attended Iowa State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. Although she studied science in college, her real love was art. Virginia pursues her love of art by working with, and participating in workshops led by nationally known artists.
Virginia is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society, is a member of the Nature Coast Painters, the Gainesville Fine Art Association, the Ocala Art Group and member/exhibitor at Gainesville’s Artisans’ Guild Gallery. Her painting “Rainbow Springs” was chosen to highlight The Nature Coast in the Public Broadcasting System’s 10th anniversary fund raising campaign in 2005. And in 2008 she presented art demos in the PBS “TV Galleries” programs. Virginia has won many awards at local and regional art festivals, and her works can be found in numerous private and corporate collections. To see examples of Virginia’s work see the web sites, or

January 8, 2016 - The Art of Painting Featuring the Best of the Best

January 2016 Press Release by Norm Freyer
Elaine HahnOur demonstrator for the Friday, January 8th meeting is Elaine Hahn, a native of Kansas City, Missouri. Elaine holds a BA and MA in Art from the University of Missouri, and has studied with noted artists throughout the United States, England and Mexico. Elaine was first scheduled as demonstrator for the CWC in June 2015, but had to cancel due to illness. When I first looked at the extensive number of awards, activities and signature memberships that this artist has accumulated, I was astonished. I had to ask myself, “When does this person have time to paint – and then consistently paint such high quality work?” And a visit to her website gallery of original watercolors confirms that the awards are well deserved. Her early career was influenced by her experience at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City. She holds Signature memberships in the Miniature Artists of America, American Women Artists, the American Society of Marine Artists, the National Association of Artists, the Paint America Association Signature Society, the Florida Artists Group, the Florida Plein Air Society, the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. She is also a member of the Oil Painters of America and the International Guild of Realism and an Art Renewal Living Artist. Her paintings have achieved prominence through acceptance and awards in major national juried exhibitions. While gaining a national reputation for her watercolors, the addition of oil painting and miniature painting to her repertoire bring a new dimension to Elaine’s work. She works from her studio on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida, where she focuses her efforts on developing and expanding her painting techniques on Landscapes, Still Life, and Miniature Painting and traveling for painting and Plein Air Events throughout the United States and Europe. She says, “I feel that the more I learn, the more I realize this is a lifelong learning process. I hope that viewers will receive the same pleasure in seeing my paintings as I did in creating them.”

Her work has been published by Rockport Publishers in the Best of Watercolor and the Best of Florals. She was also a featured Artist in Watercolor Magic Magazine, published by Artist's Magazine, and in the U. S. Art Magazine-Introductions of 29 Artists Worthy of Collector's Attention. Her work has been included in the publications The Artistic Touch 3, by Creative Art Press, the Southeaster Framer Magazine, Splash 5: Best of Watercolor -The Glory of Color, Splash 6 – The Magic of Texture, and Splash 7 – The Qualities of Light, by North Light Books. In July 2005 she was a featured Artist in Décor Magazine’s Biography Series and the Marine Artist in the March 2006 issue of Art Business News. In 2007 she was included in the book Best of America-Watercolor by Kennedy Publishing Inc. In 2009 she was published as a finalist in the International Artist Magazine Landscape Challenge in the February-March issue. In 2010 she is one of ten artists profiled in The Artist Magazine March issue - Stellar At 60+. Her works are included in private and corporate collections throughout the United States. She has taught and conducted Workshops in the US and Europe and has served as a judge in Art Shows on the local, regional and national levels. You can see Elaine’s work on her website at

Photos of Elaine Hahn's Workshop- click here


About Citrus Watercolor Society

Members of the Citrus Watercolor Society enjoy a "Painting of the Month" competition in October, November, January, February, March and April. They have opportunities to show and sell their work, take workshops and participate in monthly sketch/paint-outs, etc. For more information about the meeting or to become a member, call Jeanne Conrad 352-628-7760, Helene Lancaster 352-257-1261 or see the CWC web site  The Citrus Watercolor Society meets at 12:00 Noon on the second Friday of every month, except July, at the 1st Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonade Street, Inverness, FL. . (Learn more...)


Citrus Watercolor Society
P.O. Box 2464
Inverness, FL  34451-2464