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Mark E. Mehaffey 

Internationally recognized artist Mark E. Mehaffey is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society - Dolphin Fellow, the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA Honor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America; Signature Life Member - Master Status, Watercolor West, the Rocky Mountain Watermedia Society, the Louisiana Watercolor Society; Signature Life Member, the International Society of Experimental Artists, Signature Life Member and the International Society of Acrylic Painters. Mehaffey has won major awards in juried exhibitions internationally including the Silver Medal of Honor (twice) and the Arches Paper Co Award from the American Watercolor Society, the Beverly Green Memorial Purchase Award from the National Watercolor Society, M. Grumbacher Gold Medal from Allied Artists of America, the Skyledge Award from TWSA, Biennial Award from the Shanghai Zhoujiajiao International Biennial Watercolor Exhibition, Best of Show from the San Diego Watercolor Society and guest artist for the Salon De L’Aquarelle 2015, Antwerp, Belgium.

He wrote “Creative Watercolor Workshop”, published in 2005, re-released as “Creative Watercolor and Acrylic Workshop” in 2013. Mark has also created twelve instructional videos, and has appeared in many national and international publications. Mehaffey’s paintings are included in public, corporate, and private collections as well as in the permanent collections of various museums and galleries worldwide. Mark is a popular juror, workshop instructor and lecturer.  


It is always an honor and huge responsibility to jury any show. I am both humbled and excited by the prospect. Humbled to be asked and trusted, excited to see what wonderful paintings artists are doing.

Many hours go into the selection process. It takes many views to be able to discern the sometimes subtle visual messages that artists include. Only being able to select 56 entries from the total of 352 meant that many good paintings were not accepted. A difficult task indeed. As always I look for engaging content, sound design and technical ability that serves the concept.

To those who were not included this time, we need your visual voice. Keep on. There is no destination, only the journey. To those who were included and to the award winners, thank you for bringing a smile to my heart.

With Respect,
Mark E. Mehaffey AWS-DF, NWS


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