Featured Demonstrator for April

Chuck McPherson

Chuck McPherson with the Big Brush


Entering his eighth year as a watercolorist, Chuck has garnered hundreds of awards for his paintings, earning triple Signature status with the National Watercolor Society, the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies and The San Diego Watercolor

Society. He served as Third VP on the 2011 NWS Board and two years as the Member Shows Director on the SDWS Board, plus a concurrent three year stint as Newsletter Chair on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild.

This intuitive artist’s artwork has been called ‘…a unique blend of draftsman’s skills and the playfulness of a mind young-at-heart.’ Watercolor is his medium of choice and he paints full-time, following his passion and building a reputation.

He entertains large and intimate audiences with a quick wit and a 6″ brush,

flamboyantly embellishing his painting with props borrowed from the crowd like lipstick and coffee ~ all giving his transparent watercolors a unique “emotion”.

Chuck brings an open, fun and entertaining attitude to his paintings, demonstrations, workshops and classes. He also serves as a juror for art shows.

Signature Memberships

National Watercolor Society  | August 2010
San Diego Watercolor Society  | August 2011
Western Federation of Watercolor Societies  | January 2015


San Diego State University, San Diego, CA BA (with Distinction)
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA  Illustration Major




The remainder of the Field Mice season follows:

Cabot’s Museum By Del Lunde

March 31    Palm Springs Air Museum   They open at 10 AM. You may paint in the Museum or on the grounds. There’s plenty of subject matter.

There is a café, no need to lug a lunch. We have painted there in the past and also held our Art Show there. Ask if there will be a discount when you come in.
The Palm Springs Air Museum is located at 745 North Gene Autry Trail

4/7   Vintage Nursery Bring a lunch. 78755 Darby Rd, Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203    Be sure to visit their store, lots of nice items.

4/14   LaQuinta Old Town  Meet near the Old Town Coffee Co. Luncheon is easy nearby at Stuft Pizza.

Take Washington Street South, Go West on Calle Tampico for 2 blocks.
Old Town La Quinta will be on your left-hand side

78010 Main St
La Quinta, CA 92253

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The CVWS Annual Show and Sale was held at the Palm Springs Air Museum this year, due to a last minute scramble of facilities. All things being equal, and due to a heroic regrouping by Show Chair Sue Elle, the new home received rave reviews from artists, committee members and attendees. The Committee did an unbelievable amount of work to put on the Show. Hats off to them all! The Air Museum is reserved for next year.

Coachella Valley Watercolor Society Annual Show and Sale – February 26-18, 2015

Judge: James Q. Millard, NWS,SDWS,WW

Judges Comments:

On the whole, a very strong show. Good variety of work. You’re trying to get three dimensional perspective

on two dimensional paper, watch the edges.

Best in Show: Kathleen Scoggin -“Nuit Fleur”

Clonard Thomas Best Abstract/Non representational: Kathleen Scoggin -“Nuit Fleur”











“Beautiful example of shapes and composition; lovely exploration of watercolor medium; subtle color note;

beautiful edge quality.”


First Place: Robin St Louis – “Heart to Heart”

“Lovely composition; integrated; well drawn; fresh colors”


Second Place: Moira Johannessen – “Boat Yard”

“Good composition; interesting to look at”


Third Place: Robin St Louis – “Selfie”

“Uniqueness of pose and attitude; unusual to see a figure posed like that”


Fourth Place: Ron Hanna – “Tradition Resort La Quinta”

“Great simplified brush work; great saving of whites; direct painting; simplification”

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