|KWS Master Painters
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|many jobs and been involved in many activities with the Kentucky Watercolor
Marian received her Masters from Murray State in Visual Communications,
worked with JCPS for 23 years and taught commercial art, as well as many
adult education classes at LVAA and Senior Citizens East. She was president
of the much revered Louisville Crit Club and has attended over 23 workshops
Marian has had several one-woman shows and appeared in many multi-artist
shows where she has won many awards. She is represented in collections
locally and throughout the United States.
Her recommendation to new KWS members is to keep taking as many
classes and workshops as you can and to get involved in as many art
activities as you have time for. Visit Marian in her studio at Mellwood and
congratulate her on being admired by her many fellow artists and honored as
KWS 2010 Master Painter of the Year.
|KWS Master Painter 2010
|Sara’s love for art began while growing up on a farm near a creek on the edge of a long
valley. She and her two sisters drew continuously on paper provided by a doting uncle who
worked for a paper company. Glimpses of these memories can still be seen in her work as
storm clouds moving down the valley and the movement of water in a nearby creek.
Sara attended Ohio University and completed the famous Artist Course in Illustration. She
has studied with various well known artists, such as, Edward Betts, Nita Engle, Irving
Shapero, Zoltan Zaabo and Al Brouillette. Her greatest influence was John Pike, whom she
considered a genius. An important lesson he taught her was to execute a small value and
composition study beforehand in blacks and grays so that the actual painting would have
fewer problems to solve.
Sara worked at an advertising agency in Louisville, KY and was a successful free-lance
illustrator for more than 35 years, supporting her two children as a single mom. She
designed and illustrated numerous state brochures, as well as the Kentucky Derby Festival
Program for 14 years. Her paintings are included in the books: Creative Seaside Painters,
The New Spirit of Watercolor, and The Best of Watercolor. Her work appears in numerous
corporate collections. She was honored to be named one of the Outstanding Kentucky
Women Artists from 1850 – 2000 at the Owensboro Museum and has been included in
many invitationals such as The Creative Progressions (Washington, D.C.), The River and
The Experienced Eye in the Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts.
Sara loves making ceramics and pottery along with her pleasure in taking care of her cat,
growing her delicious tomatoes, and playing Scrabble with her art buddies. She still enters
inspiration for the many students she has taught over the years. She is very aware of what
artists can mean to each other, as she credits her success in illustration to others in her
field at the time.
Her advice for beginners is to draw, draw, draw, especially from life! A perfect day for her
would be to hire a model and draw all day long! She says KWS has been an important part
of her life for 33 years and thanks them for the opportunities to exhibit and learn more of her
craft along the way.
|KWS Master Painter of 2011
|Three KWS Master Painters, (left to right) Marian Lord, Aline Barker (seated),
|KWS Master Painter 2009
|accepted the office of Secretary for several years and again served as President for
two more terms. She has also been KWS Treasurer, Aqueous USA Chair, Exhibit
that have helped keep KWS a successful and active organization.
The 2009 Master Painter Award was presented to Aline at the Aqueous USA 2008
dinner (an event which she brought back to life a couple of years earlier and for
which she hand –painted fifty place cards). Aline believes she has received more
from KWS than she has given, both personally and professionally.
trying to make a perfect painting each time you paint. She says to learn the basics,
what colors work together, what you can do with the brushes and to use good paper
(100% rag). She says to paint from life and try not to copy photos or others’
paintings at first and this will help you learn to paint from your imagination and your
memories later on.
We sincerely thank Aline for staying involved with KWS and within the art community
for over thirty years. We also thank her for inspiring so many artists as a teacher
and an artist. Finally, we thank her for sharing her great “Art Spirit” and all of her
creative wisdom with all who know and love her.
|Master Painter of the Year. Jean has been called The Kentucky Watercolor Society's
Jean started painting in 1997, taking classes from a fellow KWS member, Pat Ritter. Jean
quickly earned her Signature Member status from Aqueous USA Exhibitions, beginning with
her first acceptance in 2003. She has painted in oils and acrylics but prefers watercolors
because she likes being able to take "total control" over the medium. She has taught art
classes for KWS and for Preston Art Center. Before that she taught over 17 years of PE
classes at Ascension, Fairdale and Valley High Schools.
After earning her undergraduate degree at UK, she went on to earn her Masters in
Secondary Education from U of L. Jean has "mastered" many things in her life. A very
competitive tennis player, she served as President of the River City Racquet League. She
plays duplicate bridge and quickly earned most all of her points to enjoy lifetime Master
status. She has also served as President of the 9-hole Golf League at Seneca Park. An
outstanding athlete all her life (playing basketball and field hockey for UK), she has turned
her love of sport and interest in teaching into a successful life, even coaching volleyball for
U of L.
Jean has enjoyed KWS. She wishes every member would offer to do a job for one year so
KWS will keep going strong. She has heard other out of town artists admire our group and
feels proud to be a part of it. Jean and her wonderful husband, Bill, who she met on the
swim team at Fountain Ferry Park when she was 14, have moved to Kansas City, Kansas
to be with their daughters and their families. Jean promises to come back and visit KWS
often. Thank you, Jean, for "masterfully" keeping KWS together and thriving!
KWS Master Painter 2012
|Is there an artist in Louisville who has not taken a Tom Scott class? It is doubtful.
Tom is the teacher we all love. He's as patient as a Dad and as competent as any
artist in any gallery. Tom majored in English and art history at the University of that led
him to employment and, eventually, to teaching at Bellarmine University.
In class he's as likely to quote Thomas Merton or Rudyard Kipling as he is to explain
values, composition and design. If you are painting with Tom, you might notice that he
runs out of ultramarine blue and burnt sienna quickly. Those colors make magic for
Tom's favorite subject: our historic and unique wooden barns. “I want to document
these structures before they are all gone,” he has said. Tom has kept journals of his
work and now has 20 to 30 filled with sketches and value studies.
Tom's pet peeve? “Being asked to choose the best painting in a show. I just can not
make myself eliminate anyone's work.” Tom can be thanked as one of the few who
started The Kentucky Watercolor Society in 1977. Pat Scott deserves a big thank you
too. A wife always has a lot to do with what a man can accomplish in life. The Scotts
have three very accomplished children and six grandchildren. Tom also enjoys golf...
almost as much as art. He said, “My art comes as a blessing from God. I am lucky to
be able to paint and play golf and enjoy both.”
Over his drawing table Tom has posted this message: 'A poem is a painting without
visible shape, and a painting is poetry put into form.' - Kuo Hsi (1020-1090).
This is what Tom Scott tries to instill in his work and in his students. He echoes artist
Robert Henri in his assertion that the Art Spirit must be a part of our work. If he can
teach a student to paint with feeling, he feels he has accomplished his goal. Tom
said, “My talent is a gift, with the reward of that gift being fulfilled in teaching others to
recognize and express their own unique gifts.”
KWS Master Painter 2013
|(above) Tom Scott in his
element as a teacher
(below) One of Tom's favorite
|Hagan. She's a past president as well as having served on numerous
Pat started her formal education at Parson's School of Design in New York
City and it's European branches. She's worked in interior architecture and
design here in Louisville as well as other places for over 50 yrs and several
of us can attest to her unerring sense of color choices. I know she advised
Cliff and me when we moved into our new house. And we simply love
Pat enjoys her close knit family who all came to support her the night of
her Master Painter Award announcement. She is pictured above with
several of her beautiful family members.
An impeccable hostess, Pat earns our gratitude for her parties and casual
get togethers. I remember one memorable occasion when her son and
future daughter in law dressed up in tuxedos to serve us. Those present
will not soon forget the groaning table full of shrimp and fillet of beef!
The view from Pat's home on the Ohio River strikes one immediately
upon entering her lovely art-filled home. Pat's sense of gracious living is
evident to all upon arrival. She has her art, as well as the art of others,
displayed on every wall. Her easel is always set up at the ready.
Pat has a wonderful sense of humor. She's a master of puns and quick
retorts. She keeps her friends laughing when they are with her.
Perhaps Pat is best known as the organizer of the KWS plein air group.
Brush with Nature is now known as the most active group of it's kind in
Louisville. Since it's start, Pat has scheduled every meeting starting with a
spring luncheon at her home. The last one featured salads and desserts
made by everyone in attendance.
None in plein air are intimidated by the critiques held after a session of
painting mainly because, if Pat leads them, they are unerringly kind and
helpful. She can zero in on just what a painting needs to finish it off.
Sometimes she has little time to paint because of her duties as hostess of
our group. But, those of you who know Pat, know that in the last 20
minutes she can knock off the start of something wonderful. Pat captures
moods and moments in time as this makes her studio where ever she
happens to be.
In October of 2013, Pat won the Castleman Art Contest for her painting of
the Castleman Statue. She is also a Signature Member of KWS. Her
paintings hang in many private collections across the country. Pat is
represented by The Jane Morgan Gallery here in town and the Red Studio
in Grenwich, Connecticut. She is a valued member of many art
organizations as she works in oil, acrylic and pastel, as well as watercolor.
She continues to study with noted instructors anyplace she happens to
Pat Hagan is a most valued friend and colleague.... and now Master
Painter of 2014!
- Connie Kuhn
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|LaVerne and her husband (Russell)
In the background you can barely see
Sue Hinkebein Aqueous Chairperson
and KWS President Tom Poole
What an honor to be chosen Master Painter of the year!
From my humble beginnings (living on a houseboat on Salt River in West Point, KY). I remember drawing in the sand
with a stick and sculpting things out of mud on the river bank Evidently this awakened my artistic side. I graduated to
drawing on paper grocery bags, the walls (for which I got into trouble), my school books ( still more trouble), or
whatever I could find.
Until I started to school, I had never had a box of crayons or seen real drawing paper. What a joy! That joy persisted
throughout my school years. In high school I was known as “that girl who could draw”. Thankfully, my love of art
continues to this day!
I dabbled with watercolors off and on with various instructors, but nothing worked for me. Since, I had invested a lot of,
money in supplies, when I heard about a class at the Water Tower instructed by Aline Barker, I decided to try one more
time! What A blessing! A light came on. She taught me so much, and inspired me, too. She strongly urged me to join
the Kentucky Watercolor Society and to enter a painting in the All Member Show at the Library in New Albany. I didn’t
win anything, but my painting held its own. Time went by, and I kept on trying to make peace with this elusive medium
One day when I went to pick up a painting from a show I had entered, Anno Fredrick stopped me and asked me if I
would be the Director of Operations for KWS. I asked, “What would I have to do?” She said “nothing”, and I said “that
sounds good; I think I can handle that”. Well…….that was my humble beginning of eight years on KWS board: first as
Director of Operations, then two times as Vice President, three times as President, two times a Treasurer and one or
two times as Secretary. My husband and I were in charge of the Aqueous Traveling Show for just about twelve years,
uncrating and delivering paintings to the various venues on the tour then re-crating and shipping them back to the
I am a signature member and an honorary lifetime member of KWS as well. I have been a gallery member off and on
since the onset of our first KWS gallery. I was then and still am totally enamored with the Kentucky Watercolor Society.
So for this wonderful honor, I thank you!
|Pat Ritter McCracken
|2016 Master Painter