Tony van Hasselt to Demostrate at March Meeting

Tony van Hasselt, A.W.S.

 As a plein air watercolorist, van Hasselt’s impressionistic style and clear, deft strokes tell a visual story with emphasis on strong patterns of light and shade. Be it a rural landscape, a coastal view or scenes from some distant painters paradise, the viewer will share in its excitement of color and form.

 The artist grew up in The Netherlands and worked in display and graphic design prior to arrival in the US.  Furthering his education in New York, van Hasselt studied under Frank Reilly, a popular teacher at the New York Art Students League.  While organizing and attending workshops, well known watercolorists such as John Pike, Edgar A. Whitney, Robert E. Wood, Tom Hill, Milford Zornes and Rex Brandt became his mentors and friends.

 Elected to signature membership of the American Watercolor Society, the artist has participated in national exhibits and won awards in state and regional shows.   He has been featured in magazines such as Southwest Art, American Artist and on the covers of Artist’s Magazine and Watercolor Magic.

 Van Hasselt has been a visiting instructor at West Texas State University and faculty member of the University of Oklahoma’s International Training Programs.  He was the guest artist at the Flemish Aquarel Days in Brussels, Belgium and the US representative at the first International Watercolor Symposium in Paraty, Brazil.  He continues teaching workshops in this country as well as abroad.

 Tony first authored Outdoor Watercolor Workshop (Watson-Guptill) and co-wrote The Watercolor Fix-it Book as well as Painting with the White of your Paper (North Light Books). His watercolors and teaching methods are also the subject of several instructional video presentations. 

Living in Maine, van Hasselt is a member of the Boothbay Region Art Foundation and the Maine Art Gallery.  Local gallery representation is at Coco Vivo Fine Art and the Boothbay Harbor Gallery and Framers.  He is also represented by Coco Vivo Fine Art in Charleston, South Carolina.