About Nick Runge:
Born in 1985, artist Nick Runge grew up in Colorado. After working as an illustrator for years, he now focuses exclusively on fine art and personal work using oils and watercolor.
As a portrait/figurative painter, Nick works from life as well as photography, describing his art as something close to “abstracted realism”, with an objective of expressing as much of the realistic human element of life as possible through a limited and often simplified approach to his rendering or brushwork, giving an illusion of realism while, at the same time, breaking shapes and form down enough to balance with abstraction.
I am a self-taught artist, practicing watercolor for almost 20 years. By that I mean no formal art school, however I’ve taken lots of workshops and see a lifetime of learning with this media. I worked for Qantas Airways & Singapore Airlines for 30 years, which enabled me to take great photos of the places I’ve been.
Once they outsourced me I became the Gallery Manager at the National Watercolor Society in San Pedro for six years. I had the privilege of viewing and meeting some of the top watercolorists in the world.
I now teach watercolor on Mondays and Thursdays for the City of El Segundo’s Recreation Department and have come to find that I love teaching.
I’ve won numerous awards on a local level in Pacific Art Guild, El Segundo Art Association, Torrance Art Guild, and the South Bay Watercolor Society, (including two Best of Show). I am currently the “Artist of the Year” for Four years in a row at the Pacific Art Guild. On a national level: I’ve been accepted into juried shows; CA-101, Torrance Art Museum, the Museum of San Luis Obispo, the City of Los Angeles Bridge gallery, the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West.
I paint atmospheric, representational style and plan all my vacations centered around learning plein air and taking workshops from master watercolor artists. Watercolor keeps me humble.
About Helene Jukoff:
Although I drew and painted all through my childhood my actual art education began when I was accepted to New York’s High School of Music and Art and continued at Queens College where I majored in Education and minored in Art. I graduated magna cum laude with Honors. My family moved to California in 1956 where I took lessons from LAUSD’s Burnham Pearlman who advocated exploring many different approaches to painting. I also took private lessons with many local teachers. I received my California State Teaching Credential(for life) in 1967 and taught Adult Art at L.A. schools for 38 years. I work and teach in all mediums and styles and encourage my students to be open to different aspects of expression. I have written two handbooks- one on oils the other on watercolor. My full color book “Pathways to Creativity”which explores various ways to produce original work was accepted by the LAUSD for use in the Art curriculum. Having traveled to over 50 countries has exposed me to the endless possibilities of subject matter and style choices.
About Brenda Swenson:
Brenda Swenson is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Finalist, Award of Excellence) and Steps to Success in Watercolor. Her artwork has been featured in Splash 11, 12, 14 & 19, Artistic Touch 4, Creative Freedom, Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Wheels of Time, Plein Air Magazine and numerous other publications. She has two instructional DVD’s on painting and sketching techniques. Brenda has achieved signature status in WW, NWWS, and SDWS. An active participant in the arts community she has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. She is in demand to demonstrate and teach her painting techniques to groups nationwide and abroad.
This month we welcome Keiko Tanabe to Valley Watercolor Society. Keiko will be demonstrating in our monthly meeting, Thursday, February 8, 2018, 7pm to 9 pm (meet & greet at 6:30 pm). Meeting is free to members, $5 for non-members.
She will also be offering a two-day workshop Friday and Saturday, February 9-10, from 9am to 4pm. Cost is $160 for members, $200 for non-members. Contact Selina at email@example.com to check availability.
Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan and currently lives in San Diego, California, U.S.A. She embarked on a professional art career as a watercolor painter in 2005 after working in international relations and marketing. Since then, her work has earned many awards and recognitions on national and international level. Her work appears in private and corporate collections in many countries. Her work was also featured in numerous art publications. She is also a sought-after workshop instructor, teaching watercolor courses both in the U.S. and abroad since 2011. She has successfully completed close to 200 workshops and live demonstrations. She is currently a member of National Watercolor Society (signature), American Watercolor Society, North American Watercolor Artists and American Impressionist Society.
This month we welcome Joe Cibere to Valley Watercolor Society. Joe will be demonstrating in our monthly meeting on Thursday, January 11, 2018, and offering a two-day workshop on Saturday & Sunday, January 20-21, 2018.
Joe Cibere is signature member of the National Watercolor Society and his painting style demonstrates his love of nature and wilderness. His”abstract realism” paintings integrate strong design and balance with a sense of illusion and have appeared in “Watercolor Magazine” and in the International Artists book “The Watercolor Sky and Cloud Techniques of 23 International Artists”. His work is also part of both corporate and private collections. His studio is at Studio Channel Islands, Room R4 in Old Town Camarillo, CA.
Joe Cibere will be demonstrating in our monthly member meeting, Thursday, January 11, 2018. There will be a meet & greet and potluck from 6:30 to 7:00 pm, followed by meeting and demonstration at 7:00. ($5 for non-members)
PLEASE NOTE THAT JANUARY 11TH’S MEETING IS A POTLUCK!
Bring a favorite main dish or salad or cheese platter or dessert or whatever you wish.
About Louisa McHugh:
“My journey began when I started college at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It was there I first studied watercolor… After just the first year, though, I fell into the common misconception that art is not a job, so, I wandered off in search of a more technical career that would be more likely to generate a stable income. In 2005 I graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a degree in Cinematography. I came out to CA shortly after graduating, and, got into the union as a camera assistant. After a very brief stint in the film business, I decided to return to my roots as a painter. I took a class at Otis, and soon my style began to really develop. I toiled away on my own and studied magazines as I experimented with different methods and techniques. Soon I was winning awards and receiving significant recognition. My work is figurative and, now, is moving away from being so laden with detail. I’m concentrating on developing a looser, more expressive style with an emphasis on the human form.”
Historic buildings & wagons, live animals, wonderful gardens, lots of subject matter to use in art creation. Since there will be a student bus tour and period dressed docents we should dress western (if possible): jeans, western hat if you have them. We will be the plein air artists of the late 1800s! Locate around the student tour area, look for David Deyell when you arrive.
This month we are excited to welcome Debbie Abshear to give a demo in our monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct 12, and to host a workshop for us on Friday, Oct 13, from 9am to 4pm.
Debbie Abshear is a watercolor artist specializing in Plein Air landscapes. She has exhibited at the Santa Paula Museum of Art, California State University of Dominguez Hills and for the past three years, at the Watercolor West Exhibition held at the Brea Gallery.
Debbie earned her Signature Membership in the Watercolor West organization in 2014. Debbie was recently honored to be included in the Northlight Publishers book, ‘Splash 15’, featuring the best 100 watercolor artists.
Debbie has been a Governing Board Member of the National Watercolor Society for the past 6 years. She holds membership in the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, South Bay Watercolor Society, and the Pacific Art Guild.
Debbie teaches a weekly beginning and intermediate watercolor class to adults in El Segundo, California.
In 2014, 2015, and 2016 Debbie painted extended Plein Air trips to Calico, Valley of Fire, Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Manzanar and has participated in Plein Air competitions in Mendocino, California. She regularly paints Plein air in and around her home in Southern California as well as daily studio painting.
Debbie recently exhibited paintings, and sketchbooks at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton. This National Watercolor Society invitational exhibition features plein air artists work from around the world.
Debbie is well known for her accordion sketchbooks which feature value studies of the landscape. Many a time she will arrive on site with a group of artists who all ask to see her most recent sketchbook.
We hope you will join us Thursday evening, Oct 12, for Debbie’s demo!