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. in 2003 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.
2008 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
2014 Award of Merit, Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons Annual members show ("Awash With Color"), Sacramento, CA
2013 First Place, San Bernardino County Fair Plein Air Competition, Victorville, CA
2013 Second Place, Fine Art, Watercolor, San Bernardino County Fair, Victorville, CA
2013 First Place, Watercolor, Lake Arrowhead Rotary Art & Wine Festival, Lake Arrowhead, CA
2014 "20/20," Kennedy Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2014 Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons Annual members show, SFA, Sacramento, CA
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
2011, 2012 Mississippi Blood Services, Flowood, MS
2011 - 2013 Watercolor painting classes and Portrait Painting workshops, Helendale, CA
2012 Artists of the High Desert Annual members show, Hesperia, CA
- "Art Club Welcomes Guest Watercolorist" - article in the Mountaineer Progress
- "Eclipse Holds Showing of Watercolor Faces" - article in the High Desert Community News
- Yevgenia Watts is the Blick's Featured Artist for the month of June, 2012
- "Rose from Balboa Park" greeting card featured in the September 2011 issue of The Minaret, the University of Tampa's student news organization magazine.
- Feature article by Cassie Behle on Empty Easel: "Yevgenia Watts: Free-flowing and Boldly Colorful Watercolors"
- "Sunflowers in D Major" Watercolor on Yupo painting video featured on Watercolorpainting.com