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.

People and Still Life subjects that hint at the person just outside the picture plane are Linda's favorite painting subjects. She portrays them without flattery or glamour in an aura of quietude, stressing their dignity and individuality. She combines areas of flat color with highly skilled composition and design to create an attitude of introspection when depicting her subjects.






Coachella Valley Watercolor Society

27th Annual Membership Show

March 4 and 5, 2016 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Palm Springs Air Museum 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92262

GALA PREVIEW RECEPTION and Sale: March 3, 2016, 5-7 pm

 Congratulations to all the wonderful painters who entered the show and all the great helpers who transformed the hangar at the PS Air Museum into another great event for CVWS. Here are the 2016 winners:

Best of Show-Robin St. Louis "Blindsided"


This year there were a number of new innovations. Once again we  were in the Palm Springs Air Museum, but this year in the Craven hanger and not the Pond as previously advertised. This gave us lots of space, so each member was invited to submit up to THREE paintings for judging and sale as well as ten bin paintings. This year we  also invited artists to enter our Open category as well as the Traditional. Whereas the Traditional requires paintings that are matted and framed, the Open category allows for wrapped canvasses and cradled painting panels.

The show was judged by Stan Goudey AMS. He expressed admiration for the high quality of the paintings he judged and said his decisions were on based  personal choice.

The Opening Night Gala Reception was a new feature for the show and was a terrific way to celebrate all the good art and the hard work of the show committee.

Thanks to all for a great effort.

Show Chairs Ian Cooke, Traci Davis



The March General Meeting on March 14 will feature a demonstration by Brenda Swanson, who is also leading a two day workshop sponsored by the CVWS March 14 and 15. Her special talent for negative painting is something not to be missed come early to vote for Painter of the Month and to get a good seat for Brenda's inspiring demonstration 

Brenda Swenson is the artist author of two books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps to Success in Watercolor.

Her artwork has been featured in Splash 11, 12 & 14, Artistic Touch 4, Creative Freedom, Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Wheels of Time, Plein Air Magazine and numerous other publications.  She also has two DVD’s on watercolor 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.


The Christina Davis Memorial Scholarship application process starts January  2016.

Christina Davis was a member of The Arts Student League in New York, The Association of Botanical Artists, The National Association of Women Artists, and Coachella Valley Watercolor Society.

SCHOLARSHIPS:              Two Awards will be granted May 2016

First Place:                       $600.               Second Place:           $400.


The scholarship committee will give these awards to artists who are working toward being better “ARTIST”s…not only as technicians, but who can demonstrate an understanding of the function of the ART and the ARTIST in society, and seeking to develop their ART to the highest point of their creative potential. Applications are open to CVWS members and non-members.

Each Award recipient is required to use the funds to enhance their art skills by participating in professional painting class(es), learning a desired technique with mentor(s): life drawing/painting skills; experimenting with abstract/collages…all in the mediums of your choice.

Criteria for Applicants: Applicants must be 18 years or older

The application must include:

1. Name; email address, (3)three images in jpeg files at 300dpi.

2. Brief Artist Statement in one paragraph or so.

3. Work done within the last 3 years ONLY.

4. Photoshop/other digital software may NOT be used to enhance the art.

5. NO sculpture, photographs or three dimensional art work.

Email entries to

Deadline postmarked by April 10.

Questions: Dorcas Greene 760-301-5247 Please leave your name & phone # to be contacted .