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Aquabord Seminar in Sedona


The Northern Arizona Watercolor Society (NAWS) in Sedona, AZ recently invited me to present a seminar on how and why I use Aquabord™ for my watercolor paintings. I’ve been painting with watercolors for nearly 15 years, and started using standard watercolor papers. About 7 years ago, I read an article about Aquabord as an alternative surface and decided to give it a try…I’ve been using it ever since!

The NAWS seminar was part of the society’s regular monthly meeting and over 50 watercolor artists turned out on a beautiful Sedona morning. At the beginning of my presentation, I asked the group how many had used Aquabord, and a few hands went up. At the conclusion of the seminar, I asked how many now thought they would give Aquabord a try and nearly everyone enthusiastically raised their hands.

So, what’s so special about Aquabord as a watercolor surface? Here are just a few features:

  • Aquabord is an acid-free clay, textured surface coated on to a hard board – very similar to a fine 140-lb watercolor paper. The hard board makes the clay surface durable with no chance of tearing or wrinkling.
  • You can apply paint wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, dry brush or glaze
  • Colors remain bright and dry lighter
  • You can use frisket, scrub the surface or even sand it for a finer texture
  • Unlike traditional watercolor paper, you can remove paint by scrub brush or angular brush for the appearance of fine lines or highlights
  • You can remove all the paint if necessary right down to the white board – easy to erase mistakes
  • Once your painting is complete, you varnish the surface – no mat or glass is required, just slip it into a frame

I’d like to thank NAWS for their invitation to speak to their group. For more information about NAWS go to their web site:

For more information about Aquabord, go to their site:


In the interest of full disclosure, I am NOT a representative or paid spokesperson for Aquabord or its manufacturer (Ampersand™). I simply find this product to be the best surface for my style of detailed watercolor painting.

Here are a few photographs of the seminar and some of the attendees:




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Spring Show in Sedona

The Spring Exhibition of the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society recently concluded, and I was honored to have had two of my paintings juried into the show. The show was held at the Sedona Arts Center Special Exhibition Gallery in Sedona, Arizona. The awards reception was held on Friday, May 19th under sunny skies with many artists and patrons enjoying great food, wine and art.

Internationally recognized watercolor artist Iain Stewart judged the show’s entries and selected the various prize winners. My painting “Burrowing Owl” was selected to receive the “Blick Art Materials Award” and included a generous gift certificate for art supplies at Blick Art Materials.

"Burrowing Owl" - Blick Art Materials Award Winner

“Burrowing Owl” – Blick Art Materials Award Winner


Buckhorn Blossoms

“Buckhorn Blossoms”


Iain Stewart - Judge

Iain Stewart – Judge, Awarding Prize

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Arizona Art Alliance – “A Group Effort”

The Arizona Art Alliance – an organization comprised of thousands of artists from more than 20 Arizona-based art groups – is sponsoring an exhibit of nearly 100 works of art entitled “A Group Effort – Creations From Different Points of View”. I feel very fortunate that one of my paintings – “The Bandit of Cranberry Lake” – was juried into this highly selective exhibit. The exhibit will feature a wide variety of mediums including: 2-D and 3-D artworks, jewelry, glass and sculpture. The exhibit was juried by the Chandler Arts Commission.

The Bandit of Cranberry Lake

The exhibit will be held in two gallery locations in Chandler, Arizona: The Vision Gallery and the Chandler Center for the Arts. The show dates are July 8 through August 27 with the Artist’s Reception scheduled for Saturday, July 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. at both locations.

My work will be exhibited at the gallery of the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ (on the northwest corner of Chandler Blvd and Arizona Avenue). I would like to invite everyone to attend. It’s a great way to beat the summer heat and enjoy some of the finest art Arizona has to offer.

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West Valley Arts Council Exhibit

The West Valley Arts Council (WVAC) recently sponsored the “Tails, Scales & Feathers” exhibit featuring “animalistic” art of any medium showcasing all types of animals with tails, scales, feathers, claws, paws, etc. I was fortunate to have two of my paintings (After the Hunt, and Love in the Desert) juried into the show which opened on June 2 with an artist’s reception at the WVAC gallery in Surprise. The exhibit runs through July 14 and is a perfect way to support the arts in the West Valley. So, please drop by and take a cool stroll through the gallery and enjoy the wonderful artwork.


“Love in the Desert”


“After the Hunt”


Part of the overflow crowd attending the artist’s reception on June 2.

WVAC in Surprise, Arizona is the only regional organization that focuses on all disciplines of the arts. It has been central to creating what is recognized as a “high quality of life” for West Valley residents, and is the only multi-disciplinary arts organization of its type and scope in the Valley. For more information about WVAC and show hours, visit their web site at:

Teaser! Look for a future post about my painting “Bandit of Cranberry Lake” which was juried into an upcoming exhibit sponsored by the Arizona Art Alliance…more information to come.

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Arizona Art Alliance Exhibit

I am honored to have two of my paintings (After The Hunt and Helen’s Lily) juried into the upcoming Arizona Art Alliance’s “Interpretations” exhibit and sale in Surprise, Arizona. The show opens March 2 and runs through March 30. Show hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and is located at the WHAM Gallery at 16560 North Dysart Road in Surprise.

I would like to invite everyone to join me for the artist’s reception on Saturday March 12 at the WHAM Gallery from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wine and refreshments will be served and awards in several categories will be announced. It should be a wonderful evening in a beautiful gallery.

I hope to see you at the reception on Saturday March 12.

After The Hunt

After The Hunt

Helen's Lily

Helen’s Lily


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Best of Show

Northern Arizona Watercolor Society

As I mentioned in my last post, I was honored to have two of my paintings (Along Oak Creek Canyon and Alaskan Lynx) juried into the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society’s Experimental Water Media Exhibition in beautiful Sedona, Arizona. The show is currently running through November 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Sedona Special Exhibition Gallery, 15 Art Barn Rd., Sedona, AZ, (928) 282-3809…located just behind the Sedona Art Center.

A Special Artist’s Reception and Awards Presentation was held Saturday, November 7 and was attended by a large turnout of Sedona area art patrons. The exhibit awards were judged and presented by Raleigh Kinney, a nationally recognized watercolor artist and instructor.

As with many exhibits, the “Best of Show” award is generally announced as the final recognition, and I was very excited when I heard my name announced! My painting Along Oak Creek Canyon received the “Best of Show” award. The prizes included a substantial monetary award, a subscription to Watercolor Artist magazine, a certificate and a beautiful handmade award plaque.

The following photographs are a few from the awards presentation and a couple of Sedona landscapes just to give you a feeling for what a beautiful setting this exhibit enjoyed. Click on any of the thumbnails to display the photographs in a larger format.

Sedona Red RocksMy Two Entries - Along Oak Creek Canyon and Alaskan LynxOpening ReceptionOpening ReceptionOpening ReceptionAwards Presentation - Best of Show (Left-Joyce Killebrew; NAWS Fall Show Chair, Right-Raleigh Kinney; Fall Show Judge)Best of Show - Along Oak Creek CanyonThe Chapel in Sedona

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Scottsdale Artists’ School Scholarship

ScottsdaleArtistsSchoolLogoI am thrilled to announce that I’ve been awarded a scholarship to attend a five-day workshop at the Scottsdale Artists’ School. As many of you know, Scottsdale is one of the top-notch areas in the country for art galleries, and the Scottsdale Artists’ School has a prominent place in supporting the area’s art scene and training artists.

From time to time, the school grants scholarships to help promote the artistic growth of artists by covering much, if not all, of the costs associated with their workshops. My scholarship will be applied to the Wildlife Painting workshop taught by nationally recognized artist Gregory Beecham this December (

For more information on courses, workshops and instructors, please visit the Scottsdale Artists’ School website:

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Giving Back

One of the most rewarding aspects of what I do is the opportunity to support the arts. Sometimes this involves donating money to worthwhile organizations, and sometimes it consists of donating my time or one of my paintings. I was recently invited to create and submit one of my paintings to be included in an auction to raise money for the Artists Changing Tomorrow (ACT) International Invitational 2014 exhibit. It is an international project of the nonprofit Arts for Rural Texas based in Fayetteville, Texas. Over 100 pieces of artwork will be auctioned on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

Artists from across the country and Canada have sent in original works for the auction.  American artists from 15 states have also contributed. Works include traditional media such as oils, pastels, acrylic and watercolor paintings and photography. ACT is the inspiration of internationally known Texas artist, Karen Vernon. She contributes much of her success in life to her early childhood experiences in art education. “In the face of ever-shrinking funds allotted to the arts in schools and communities, I decided artists of today must act to support programs which nurture the environment needed for future generations.  If we do not give, who will?”

BurrowingOwl-DonationMs. Vernon is ecstatic about the artists’ responses to her request for original art for the auction.  “In 2013, I invited Pamela Mangelsdorf and over 100 other known professional artists from around the country and abroad to create and donate an 11” x 14” original art piece. These are well established, highly recognized, professional artists who exhibit and sell their work in galleries to collectors and the public. The response and support from artists has been incredible. We are thrilled that Pamela’s beautiful watercolor ‘Burrowing Owl’ will be included in the exhibition.”

ACT, founded in 2010, has raised over $100,000 in its previous exhibits. All of these funds have been used directly for furthering educational and cultural experiences in communities that would not have these opportunities. Art develops creative thinking, improves communication skills, improves learning skills, creates leadership traits, and, in general, elevates the human experience.

The exhibition preview, information on the artists and their artwork and bidding information are available at:

Related Local Note:

For those of you in the greater Phoenix, AZ area, I’ll be participating in the local Whole Food Market’s “5% Community Support Day” as described below. This is a very generous benefit for the Sonoran Arts League and well worth your time to drop by. I’ll be there from Noon – 3 p.m., but other artists from the Sonoran Arts League will be there from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

What: Shoppers can take advantage of Whole Food Market’s “5% Community Support Day” to benefit the Sonoran Arts League. Shop for wholesome foods on that day, and 5% of the store’s sales will be contributed to the League. Shoppers can also enter a drawing to win original works of art or may purchase “mini masterpieces” created by local talented artists. Each one-of-a-kind “mini masterpiece” is a 2” x 2” signed original; it could be in oil, acrylic, glass, metal, or other medium of the artist’s choice and comes with its own mini easel for display. Artists will also be on-site to offer demonstrations of their special talents, and to answer questions.

When: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where:  Whole Foods Market located at 7111 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix, 85054 (from the 101, take exit 34 Scottsdale Road; turn right onto N. Scottsdale Road; turn right at the first light onto Mayo Blvd.)

Why:  Whole Foods Market holds community giving days (otherwise known as “5% Days”) where five percent of that day’s net sales are donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization. The Sonoran Arts League was selected to benefit from the 5% Days which will give a boost in furthering its mission to give to the community by promoting art, artists, and art education through leadership and service in the belief that an artistic awareness is essential to the well-being of life.

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International Guild of Realism – Part 2

Few things are more satisfying for an artist than selling their art work. It’s an affirmation that what you’re doing is appreciated, and someone is willing to write a check to you to prove it. However, ranking a close second to that is recognition by your peers in the art community. That is why I was so excited about a month ago when I told you about being accepted into the International Guild of Realism.

San Juan River Bighorn.

San Juan River Bighorn

Well, that thrill just hit a new level yesterday when the Guild informed me that one of my works had been selected for display at the Guild’s upcoming yearly exhibit. Works selected for the exhibit were chosen from among the Guild’s 300+ artists after a two-tiered jurying process. A little over 50% of the submissions survived the first cut, and the 93 finalists were eventually chosen from the remaining group. My painting—San Juan River Bighorn—was selected by the judges.

The Guild’s 8th Annual Juried Exhibition will be held from October 4th – November 30th, 2013 at the Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona. To be selected is a very exciting experience for me since all the initial entrants, and the eventual exhibitors, are realism artists from around the globe who have proven their work to be of exceptionally high quality.

A public opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2013. I’ll let you know more details as the exhibit draws closer, but if you’re in the Tempe, Arizona area during the exhibit dates be sure to drop by the Tempe Center for the Arts.

International Guild of Realism

My paintings strive to reach a level of realism that show the viewer the details of an animal’s fur, or a bird’s feathers, or the exquisite detail of a flower’s petals. One of the premier associations of artists who share that approach to their work is the International Guild of Realism.

According to their web site, the Guild was “founded by a group of leading professional realism artists from around the globe in 2002 with four goals:

  • “Recognizing the best realists working today
  • “Creating exhibition opportunities
  • “Providing technical and promotional support
  • “To offer a bridge between art collectors and the highest quality realist art, created by our members”

Last week, I learned I have been juried into this prestigious group of international artists based on a review of six of my paintings. It is truly an overwhelming honor to be included in this prominent guild of over 310 artists from 35 countries.

The Guild’s 8th Annual Juried Exhibition will be held from October 4th – November 30th, 2013 at the TempeCenter for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona. These highly anticipated exhibitions have been held previously in Carmel, California; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Palm Desert, California; Naples, Florida; Scottsdale, Arizona; and Dallas, Texas.

And, just as a teaser for an upcoming blog post, this was the first of three exciting happenings that occurred last week!