artist Mark E. Mehaffey is a signature member of the National
Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society; DF,
Transparent Watercolor Society of America; Signature Life
member-Master Status, Watercolor West and the Rocky Mountain
Watermedia Society, and Louisiana Watercolor Society Signature
has won major awards in juried exhibitions across the country
including the Beverly Green Memorial Purchase Award from
the National Watercolor Society, the Silver Medal of Honor
and the Arches Paper Co Award from American Watercolor Society,
the M. Grumbacher Gold Medal from Allied Artists of America,
and the Skyledge Award from the Midwest Watercolor Society.
Mehaffey's work has appeared in many publications; most
recently in The Best of Watercolor, Splash 5-The
Glory of Color, Splash 10-Passionate Brush Strokes,
Splash 11, Places in Watercolor and as a featured
artist in a step by step guide and showcase, Creative
Watercolor, Rockport publisher.
paintings are included in corporate, public and private collections
including Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Arches Paper Co. USA
and the permanent collections of transparent watercolors at
the Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin and the Muskegon
Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan. Mark has been a committed
public school art instructor who believes our art future is
with the young and is dedicated to building that vision. A
popular juror, Mark is a popular juror, workshop instructor
and lecturer around the country and is listed in "Who's
Who Among Americas Teachers" and "Who's Who
the time I have been painting (over fifty years) my interest
in the act of painting has never waned. However, the content
of my work and my technical abilities are constantly evolving.
This state of change is something that all artists embrace.
It is through challenge that growth occurs. To be timid, safe,
complacent or overly satisfied does not push the boundaries
tangents occur in my life, they also occur in my work. I allow
myself the freedom to follow my tangents. I
find myself dreaming of mists, clouds, rain and water. My brush
seems to take on a life of its own as I express the feeling
of a summer storm or fishing in the shallows. In my non objective
work, I work to evoke strong feelings from a viewer by manipulating
the elements of composition. Can line, color, shape and value
be juxtaposed to have the same emotional impact as a thunder
is a communication - a dialogue between artist and viewer. It
is my hope to open and maintain that dialog. And I hope the
viewer will be as involved as I am.
William and Joseph Gallery, 727 Canyon Road, Santa Fe,
Owner Mary Bonney. Phone: 505-982-9404
Gallery, 6671 Western Av., Glen Arbor, MI 49636
Owner David Thomasma. Phone: 231-334-4732
EXHIBITIONS & AWARDS
Medal of Honor, 146th Annual International American Watercolor
of Show, San Diego International
Invited, Shanghai Zhujiajiao Watercolor Biennial Exhibition
Merchandise Award (one of the top three awards), International
Society of Acrylic Painters-International Exhibit 2009
West National Exhibition, 3rd place award.
Artist of America, M. Grumbacher Gold Medal Award.
Watercolor Society International Exhibition, Corporate Purchase
Award, Arches Paper Co.
Skyledge Award (top award).
National Exhibition of American Watercolor, Ruth Rosenau Silver
Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition, Arches Paper Co. Award,
2008 Silver Medal of Honor.
Watercolor Society, Beverly Green Memorial Purchase Award
with Silver Star.
Exhibit, "Watercolor" Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon,
Society of Houston International Exhibition of Watercolor,
Shirley Sterling Award.
Diego Watercolor Society 26th Annual International Exhibition,
Green Flash Photo Merchandise award.
Society of Acrylic Painters Annual, M. Graham Merchandise
Watercolor U.S.A., The Springfield Art Museum, Springfield
In Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, Inc. 55th Annual
Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NY, NY, Arches Paper Company
Member, Dolphin Fellow, American Watercolor Society
Member, National Watercolor Society
Member, Rocky Mountain Water Media Society
Life Member, Transparent Watercolor Society of America-Master
Life Member, Louisiana Watercolor Society
Member, Watercolor West, California
Member, ISAP, International Society of Acrylic Painters
of Directors, Lansing Art Gallery, 1992-1996
Watercolor Honor Society 2009
of Selection and Awards for the Arizona Aqueous 2013, The
Western Federation of Watercolor Societies 2013 and the Northwest
Watercolor Society 2013.
Juror of Selection and Awards Niagara Frontier Watercolor
of selection and awards, Ohio Watercolor Society Annual, 2012.
Juror of Selection, 2010 American Watercolor Society.
Juror of Selection, 2010 National Watercolor Society.
of Selection and Awards, Florida Watercolor Society 32nd annual
of Selection and Awards, Watercolor Society of Oregon, annual
transparent watercolor exhibition, 2003.
of Selection and Awards, Southport National Exhibition, Southport
North Carolina, 2004.
of Selection and awards, Watercolor Society of Houston, membership
of Selection and awards, Southwest Watercolor Society Annual
exhibition, Dallas Texas, 2006.
of Selection and Awards, Miami Watercolor Society, March,
of Selection and Awards, South Carolina Water Media Society,
of Selection and Awards, Colorado Watercolor Society, April,
of Fine Arts with honors, 1973, Michigan State University.
Art instructor with the Lansing Public Schools from 1974, retired
Water media instructor, juror, demonstrator and lecturer offering
workshops and classes.
Author, “Creative Watercolor Workshop” North Light
Zhujiajiao Watercolor Biennial 2010