My true passion is free-flowing, bold watercolor. I use large round brushes and a lot of paint and water. I welcome watercolor to be what it is - to run, to mix, to bloom, to drip, to splash - to play like a happy child!
— Yevgenia Watts
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About the Artist

by Kasey Steinbrinck

Yevgenia Watts says she is "addicted to painting" and speaks watercolor. She fell in love with the creative process, choosing the path of an artist.

Her artwork has been described as expressive, fresh and vibrant. Watts enjoys experimenting, letting the paint take each piece in its own, free-flowing direction.

"I like to push my own boundaries," she explains. That's why watercolor paints are her medium of choice. "I really like the way it behaves like a living thing: it floats, it blooms, it has a mind of its own and it constantly surprises me."

Watts is originally from Ukraine, where she studied classical, European artistic traditions. She moved to the U.S. at the age of 22 and received a degree in architecture from UC Berkeley. But ultimately she chose to focus on her art.

When her son was born in 2009, she stayed home and began developing her career as a painter.  Today her work can be found in private and public collections around the world.

As a talented artist, observing the world around her is important. Watts is always watching for anything that might inspire her to pick up her paintbrush.

"It can be something that catches my eye with a beautiful light and dark pattern, or strong color contrast that excites me or grey foggy landscape that reflects my mood. It can be an expression on a stranger’s face or an idea that came to me in a dream. The possibilities are endless," says Watts.

In addition to her own endeavors, Watts helps other artists discover the joys of watercolor painting. She teaches classes in-person and online to adults as well as young people.

 

Artist Resume

Education

2007     B.A. in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley

2003    The Odessa State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture (3 years), Odessa, Ukraine

1996     Visual Art School, Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine

 

Awards

2014    Award of Merit, Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons Annual members show ("Awash With Color")

2013    First Place, San Bernardino County Fair Plein Air Competition

2013    Second Place, Fine Art, Watercolor, San Bernardino County Fair

2013    First Place, Watercolor, Lake Arrowhead Rotary Art & Wine Festival

 

Exhibitions

2014    Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons Annual members show

2013    "Once Upon A Time," Eclipse Gallery, Hesperia, CA

2013    "20x20", Eclipse Gallery, Hesperia, CA

2012   "Faces,"  solo show at Eclipse Gallery, Hesperia, CA

2011    "Works on Paper and Chairs," Eclipse Gallery, Hesperia, CA

2009   Carlsbad Art District Honors Show, Carlsbad, CA

 

Commissions

2011, 2012    Mississippi Blood Services, Flowood, MS

 

Teaching Experience

2011 - 2013 Watercolor painting classes and Portrait Painting workshops, Helendale, CA

 

Exhibition Juror

2012   Artists of the High Desert Annual members show