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|KWS Master Painters
(Scroll down to view 2013-2009 Award Winners)
KWS Is Now Accepting Nominations:
2014 KWS Master Painter Award
KWS will again honor another outstanding member of our Water Media Community for contributions to the art of
Watercolor painting and to the Kentucky Watercolor Society.
Please submit your nominee to the KWS Board, detailing why you think this person merits the award. KWS is looking for
members who have not only supported the art of watercolor but who have also made significant contributions to KWS.
Nominations will be accepted through August 1st.
The winner will be announced this Fall and the recipient honored at the 2013 Aqueous Opening and Awards Reception. Please
email nominations to email@example.com or mail nominations to KWS Mailing address.
KWS Master Painter Show
|In 2009, The KWS Board selected another Charter and
Signature Member, Marian Lord, to honor as 2010 Master
Painter of the Year. Marian has had many jobs and been
involved in many activities with the Kentucky Watercolor
Society over the years including Director of Exhibitions,
Director of Education and President in 1994 and 1995. She
has run the gallery exhibition at the Middletown Public Library
and taught drawing classes at the Belmont Village.
Marian received her Masters from Murray State in Visual
Communications, worked with JCPS for 23 years and taught
commercial art, as well as many adult education classes at
LVAA and Senior Citizens East. She was president of the
much revered Louisville Crit Club and has attended over 23
workshops with KWS. She has juried many shows throughout
the city with various women's clubs.
Marian has had several one-woman shows and appeared in
many multi-artist shows where she has won many awards.
She is represented in collections locally and throughout the
Her recommendation to new KWS members is to keep taking
as many classes and workshops as you can and to get
involved in as many art activities as you have time for. Visit
Marian in her studio at Mellwood and congratulate her on
being admired by her many fellow artists and honored as
KWS 2010 Master Painter of the Year.
|KWS Master Painter 2010
|In 2010, the KWS Board selected Signature Artist member Sara Roush as
2011 Master Painter of the Year.
Sara’s love for art began while growing up on a farm near a creek on the edge
of a long valley. She and her two sisters drew continuously on paper provided
by a doting uncle who worked for a paper company. Glimpses of these
memories can still be seen in her work as storm clouds moving down the valley
and the movement of water in a nearby creek.
Sara attended Ohio University and completed the famous Artist Course in
Illustration. She has studied with various well known artists, such as, Edward
Betts, Nita Engle, Irving Shapero, Zoltan Zaabo and Al Brouillette. Her greatest
influence was John Pike, whom she considered a genius. An important lesson
he taught her was to execute a small value and composition study beforehand
in blacks and grays so that the actual painting would have fewer problems to
Sara worked at an advertising agency in Louisville, KY and was a successful
free-lance illustrator for more than 35 years, supporting her two children as a
single mom. She designed and illustrated numerous state brochures, as well
as the Kentucky Derby Festival Program for 14 years. Her paintings are
included in the books: Creative Seaside Painters, The New Spirit of
Watercolor, and The Best of Watercolor. Her work appears in numerous
corporate collections. She was honored to be named one of the Outstanding
Kentucky Women Artists from 1850 – 2000 at the Owensboro Museum and
has been included in many invitationals such as The Creative Progressions
(Washington, D.C.), The River and The Experienced Eye in the Owensboro
Museum of Fine Arts.
|KWS Master Painter of 2011
|Three KWS Master Painters, (left to right) Marian Lord, Aline
Barker (seated), Sarah Roush atttended a recent Master
Painters Show being held at the Jewish Community Center.
All three had entries in the exhibit.
|KWS Master Painter 2009
|In 2008, the KWS Board voted to honor charter member Aline Barker as 2009 Master
Painter of the Year, for all that she has contributed to and accomplished for the Kentucky
Watercolor Society. After serving as the first KWS President, Aline accepted the office of
Secretary for several years and again served as President for two more terms. She has
also been KWS Treasurer, Aqueous USA Chair, Exhibit Chair, AquaVenture Chair and
has tirelessly volunteered for countless other jobs that have helped keep KWS a successful
and active organization.
The 2009 Master Painter Award was presented to Aline at the Aqueous USA 2008 dinner
(an event which she brought back to life a couple of years earlier and for which she hand –
painted fifty place cards). Aline believes she has received more from KWS than she has
given, both personally and professionally.
Her advice for beginning students is to get a good instructor and not waste time trying to
make a perfect painting each time you paint. She says to learn the basics, what colors
work together, what you can do with the brushes and to use good paper (100% rag). She
says to paint from life and try not to copy photos or others’ paintings at first and this will
help you learn to paint from your imagination and your memories later on.
We sincerely thank Aline for staying involved with KWS and within the art community for
over thirty years. We also thank her for inspiring so many artists as a teacher and an artist.
Finally, we thank her for sharing her great “Art Spirit” and all of her creative wisdom with all
who know and love her.
|Watercolor by Sara Roush
|In 2011, the KWS Board chose to recognize Signature Artist Jean Janson as
their 2012 Master Painter of the Year. Jean has been called The Kentucky
Watercolor Society's Energizer.
Jean started painting in 1997, taking classes from a fellow KWS member,
Pat Ritter. Jean quickly earned her Signature Member status from Aqueous
USA Exhibitions, beginning with her first acceptance in 2003. She has
painted in oils and acrylics but prefers watercolors because she likes being
able to take "total control" over the medium. She has taught art classes for
KWS and for Preston Art Center. Before that she taught over 17 years of PE
classes at Ascension, Fairdale and Valley High Schools.
After earning her undergraduate degree at UK, she went on to earn her
Masters in Secondary Education from U of L. Jean has "mastered" many
things in her life. A very competitive tennis player, she served as President of
the River City Racquet League. She plays duplicate bridge and quickly
earned most all of her points to enjoy lifetime Master status. She has also
served as President of the 9-hole Golf League at Seneca Park. An
outstanding athlete all her life (playing basketball and field hockey for UK),
she has turned her love of sport and interest in teaching into a successful life,
even coaching volleyball for U of L.
Jean has enjoyed KWS. She wishes every member would offer to do a job for
one year so KWS will keep going strong. She has heard other out of town
artists admire our group and feels proud to be a part of it. Jean and her
wonderful husband, Bill, who she met on the swim team at Fountain Ferry
Park when she was 14, have moved to Kansas City, Kansas to be with their
daughters and their families. Jean promises to come back and visit KWS
often. Thank you, Jean, for "masterfully" keeping KWS together and thriving!
KWS Master Painter 2012
(above right and below) Watercolors by Jean Janson
|Is there an artist in Louisville who has not taken a Tom Scott class? It is doubtful. Tom is the teacher we all love. He's as patient
as a Dad and as competent as any artist in any gallery. Tom majored in English and art history at the University of Louisville,
but it was the drawing skills learned from his father, a pen and ink artist, that led him to employment and, eventually, to
teaching at Bellarmine University.
In class he's as likely to quote Thomas Merton or Rudyard Kipling as he is to explain values, composition and design. If you are
painting with Tom, you might notice that he runs out of ultramarine blue and burnt sienna quickly. Those colors make magic for
Tom's favorite subject: our historic and unique wooden barns. “I want to document these structures before they are all gone,”
he has said. Tom has kept journals of his work and now has 20 to 30 filled with sketches and value studies.
Tom's pet peeve? “Being asked to choose the best painting in a show. I just can not make myself eliminate anyone's work.”
Tom can be thanked as one of the few who started The Kentucky Watercolor Society in 1977. Pat Scott deserves a big thank
you too. A wife always has a lot to do with what a man can accomplish in life. The Scotts have three very accomplished children
and six grandchildren. Tom also enjoys golf...almost as much as art. He said, “My art comes as a blessing from God. I am lucky
to be able to paint and play golf and enjoy both.”
Over his drawing table Tom has posted this message: 'A poem is a painting without visible shape, and a painting is poetry put
into form.' - Kuo Hsi (1020-1090).
This is what Tom Scott tries to instill in his work and in his students. He echoes artist Robert Henri in his assertion that the Art
Spirit must be a part of our work. If he can teach a student to paint with feeling, he feels he has accomplished his goal. Tom
said, “My talent is a gift, with the reward of that gift being fulfilled in teaching others to recognize and express their own unique
KWS Master Painter 2013
|(left) Tom Scott in his element as a teacher
(above) One of Tom's favorite subjects
|Sara loves making ceramics and pottery along with her
pleasure in taking care of her cat, growing her delicious
tomatoes, and playing Scrabble with her art buddies.
She still enters art exhibitions and wins many awards,
both nationally and regionally. Sara is a true inspiration
for the many students she has taught over the years.
She is very aware of what artists can mean to each
other, as she credits her success in illustration to others
in her field at the time.
Her advice for beginners is to draw, draw, draw,
especially from life! A perfect day for her would be to
hire a model and draw all day long! She says KWS has
been an important part of her life for 33 years and
thanks them for the opportunities to exhibit and learn
more of her craft along the way.
|Watercolor by Marian Lord