2013 Waterworks Annual Members Exhibition Juror
Michael Reardon has been painting in watercolor for over twenty five years. An avid traveler, he uses watercolor to record his observations, convey a sense of place and light, and communicate his impressions of the built, natural, and imagined worlds. He works from his studio in Oakland, California.
In 2005 he was the recipient of the prestigious Gabriel Prize from the Western European Architecture Foundation, which enabled him to spend three months painting in Paris.
Originally trained as an architect with a degree in architecture from UC Berkeley, he was an architectural illustrator for over thirty years. In 2004 he was awarded the Hugh Ferriss Memorial Prize, the premier award in the field of architectural illustration. His watercolors have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the annual shows of the National Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society, and the California Art Club. In 2011 he presented a solo show at the Thomas Reynolds Gallery in San Francisco.
He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, and the California Watercolor Association. His watercolors have been featured in many magazines, including the Fall 2007 and Spring 2011 issues of American Artist Watercolor, the June 2011 and February 2012 issues of The Artist’s Magazine, the June 2012 issue of Southwest Art, and the November 2012 issue of Plein Air. His work has also been published in Splash 10 and Splash 12 from North Light Books.
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While reviewing the entries for the 2013 NWWS Waterworks Membership Exhibition, it became clear that the high caliber of the submitted work was going to make jurying a difficult task. There were clearly more than fifty paintings worthy of exhibition. Since the show was limited to fifty paintings, many excellent paintings would not be included. However, the high quality insured that it would be a strong show.
In order to winnow the submissions down I used several criteria, including basics such as mastery of the medium and composition. To narrow the field further I looked for paintings with ineffable qualities such as mood, atmosphere, and the delicate use of light. In other words, the intrigue of an abstract, the fascination of a portrait, or the mystery of a landscape set the paintings apart by their emotional allure.
Members of the NWWS should be proud of the quality of the work submitted, which represents some of the best painting in the country. I thank NWWS for entrusting me with the responsibility of selecting fifty for the exhibition. I hope the viewers of the show enjoy it as much as I do.
Michael Reardon, AWS, NWS, WW, CWA