January 2018 General Meeting

Next meeting: Jan 8, 2018 6:30 pm

Demonstration by Susan Keith​

Susan Keith - Catching the Morning Rays

Susan Keith is a native California watercolor artist.  She was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Hacienda Heights.  Her interest in art began very early, as a child, drawing and painting.  She attended San Diego State 

University where she completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Painting and Printmaking.  Later on in life, Susan became a teacher and taught all levels of high school art.

Upon retiring from teaching Susan has pursued watercolor with a renewed love and interest.  Her professional art career started in 2013, in which she began exhibiting her watercolor paintings publicly.  Her work has been shown in local, regional, national and international shows where she has won various awards.  Her work has been juried into the National Watercolor Society, California Watercolor Association, the San Diego Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, the Georgia Watercolor Society, the Louisiana Watercolor Society, Northwest Watercolor Society, Kentucky Watercolor Society, Illinois Watercolor Society, the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, and the Society of Watercolor Artists.

Susan’s watercolors have a sense or impression of realism.  She incorporates bright colors in her paintings to catch the viewer’s eye.  She is intrigued by light and shadow in so many subjects; from foliage, florals, and still life, to plein air landscapes, architecture and portraits.  Most days you can find Susan painting in her studio/gallery or on the look out for a beautiful subject that has found her attention to capture in watercolor.

Susan Keith - Wrapped In Light
Watercolor West Winner - Cindy Brabec-King

Next General Meeting – Dec 2017

December 11, 2017 @ 6:30pm - Joslyn Sr. Center

Holiday Potluck and Watercolor West Slides

The December meeting will feature a slide presentation of the 49th Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition that runs until December 17th at the City of Brea Art Gallery. The Gallery is open Wednesdays through Sundays, Noon to 5pm. Entrants include painters on an international scale, including some of our CVWS members. This year's show was juried by internationally known artist, John Salminen.

Watercolor West was started in 1967 by a group of Southern California painters who banded together and founded a transparent watercolor society. The organization promotes the worldwide appreciation for fine art, using purely transparent watercolor, excluding all other media. It offers scholarships, exhibits, classes and demos. You can preview the winning paintings for 2017 and also from the past 5 years on their website at www.watercolorwest.org. You'll also find their schedule for upcoming classes and demos as well as a comprehensive listing of the websites for many other US and Canadian watercolor organizations and some shows. Their website is a valuable source of inspiration and resources for watercolor painters.

Holiday Potluck

If you didn't sign up at the November meeting for the CVWS Holiday Potluck, or if you are able to volunteer to help with set-up, decorations, or clean up, please call or email Tracy Hartman.

Genral Meeting MAY 8, 6:30, Joslyn Center, Palm Desert

Linda Doll - Painter of the Year Judge


Linda A. Doll, AWS, NWS is a painter, digital photographer, graphic artist, instructor and juror. A teacher of workshops and seminars throughout the US, Mexico, Canada, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Ireland and Bali, she is a Past-President and Life Member of the National Watercolor Society, a Past Board Member and Juror of the American Watercolor Society, and a past Board Member of Watercolor West . She is a Life Honorary Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and an Elected Life Member of the San Diego Watercolor Society. Her paintings and drawings are included in many books and have been used by several magazines for their covers. Linda is included in many of the Who's Who Publications including Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who of American Women.

She is a good humored, energetic instructor who stresses the importance of making personal design decisions at each stage of the painting. She has developed a unique and effective teaching style which stimulates optimism, enthusiasm, confidence and creative excitement within her students. Her painting classes are designed to inspire beginners and to challenge advanced students with painting demonstrations, lectures, slide presentations, personal instruction and individual critiques.

Linda is now head of the International Watercolor Society-USA chapter.  Dues are Free. To join IWS-USA click here http://iwsusa.org.



Born and raised outside of Youngstown, Ohio, in the small town of McDonald, Nancy Oleksa has been involved in the visual arts from her earliest years.

Having her artistic talents recognized early enabled her to develop a portfolio from which she received a full scholarship to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. There she developed her skills and used her degree in Visual Communications to propel her into a position as first a color separator and then an illustrator for the American Greetings Corporation. It was at American Greetings that she diversified her abilities to include calligraphy, character development, writing and design.

It was in San Diego that Nancy Oleksa’s freelance career as an artist was realized. She became illustrator and graphic artist for the cities of Santee and El Cajon as well as lead illustrator for A La Carte Art Studios. Her clients included Bank of America, Century 21, the American Dental Assoc., and many others.

After the birth of her daughter, she realized a love of children’s books, and began to use her skills to explore the world of illustration for children. Her art experience grew to include illustration for Cricket Magazine and Atheneum Books. She then became an adjunct instructor for Palomar College in the Community Education Department and remained in that position for 23 years.

This award winning artist is now a popular jurist, workshop and watercolor instructor known for her passion for color and light. She has enjoyed instructing watercolorists in San Diego County for over 30 years.

The meeting will also include nominations from the floor for CVWS Board positions and the election of officers for the 2017-2018 Season.

This will be the last Painter of the Month competiion to be eligible to take part in the Painter of the Year celebration at the May 8th General Meeting. At that meeting ribbon winners may enter a painting of their choice. All entries will all be critiqued by the judge, who will then award 1st, 2nd and Honorable Mention  ribbons.



The General Meeting in March will feature Demonstrator Charles Henry Rouse.

Charles was born in Detroit, Michigan, and made his way to California by way of a stint in the Marine Corps. Within three years he owned the sign shop that had hired him after leaving the Corps, had a wife and two sons, and went back to school to study art and design. Earning a California his teaching credential, he began his 24 year career as a college art instructor.

The years flew by. He decided to take early retirement. His son took over the business and he moved on from teaching to pursue his love of watercolor. In a couple of years, Charles decided he was ready to compete and has earned signature status in NWS, AWS, WW, TWSA, and many more. He says he is currently in a "What comes next?" phase.

Please welcome Charles Henry Rouse to our March General Meeting.