Introducing International Representative Ingrid Lefevre

My name is Ingrid Lefevre and i live in Ghent, the flemish and northern part of Belgium. I was very happy and honoured when IWS Canada asked me to be the representative for the artists members who do not live in Canada.

I had the joy to travel for the first time to Canada after being selected for the international IWS exhibition in Richmond Hill in 2018. Which was an unforgettable experience and the link was made between Canada and Belgium. I am also an active member of IWS Belgium and of the AFB (french speaking painters of Belgium), participating in several exhibitions. I give occasional workshops realistic watercolor portrait. Which is my favourite subject and style. I have been drawing for a long time, watercolor i started about 9 years ago. My greatest joy is to create and to try to improve with each painting. And to transmit emotions and expressions of my subjects to the viewer.  To share a passion with friends artists and enjoy friendship through art. Because art has no frontiers.


Introducing Shawna Lampi-Legaree


NWT area rep Shawna Lampi-Legaree has lived in Canada’s far north for the last 35 years. Her love of watercolour began long before she learned to paint She realized that if she wanted to paint that she had to create a group to help with that objective. So, over the winter of 2005/2006 the Yellowknife Watercolour Society was born. Shawna has been painting full time since 2012. Her passion with watercolour is flowers.

Introducing Alice Bottrill



my name is Alice Bottrill and I work and teach in my home studio in North Vancouver, BC. Living in this very active art community gives me the opportunity to work with the local watercolour artists from time to time, and compare with artists working on acrylic and oil. we are still the minority, however, but we are definitely growing!! More watercolours are being accepted by the local galleries and community exhibitions. People are falling in love with watercolour once they try it!! I truly enjoy being a member of IWS Canada and as an area rep. The IWS Youth program is getting on to a very good start, we have 4 kids coming monthly for regular classes. our IWS members in BC increased from 3 to 13 within the last month, so I am looking forward to a future event where we can meet up with members in other area to share the joy of watercolour painting in the future. My facebook page – Alice Bottrill Watercolour Art





Paintings by DaveMcGuigan and Esmie Gayo McLaren.


Introducing Renee Lippa


Renee Lippa My name is Renee Lippa and I paint in my home studio in Sherwood Park, AB. Working in watercolour is without a doubt a passion of mine and I love being able to share my work. Oil and acrylics are the dominant medium in Alberta but year after year I see watercolour making a come back.  A lot of artists that create in other mediums express their fear of watercolour. I hope by being a member and an area rep for IWS to be help change that perception with the help of other talented and enthusiastic watercolorists in my community. For info on my work, visit my facebook page Renee Lippa Fine Art.


Francis Marte

Cam Wilson

Roberta Lushinski



Introducing Nancy Newman



Hello IWS! My name is Nancy Newman, (Nancy Newman Art) and I live in Aurora, Ontario, which is just north of Toronto. Aurora is a fast growing town, but still has the small town feel. We are lucky to have the Aurora Cultural Centre as a hub for art, music and theatre. I have been the watercolour instructor there for the past 10 years. It is great to be part of IWS Canada and as an area rep I look forward to meeting you and participating in some local and online activities that celebrate our facinating medium of watercolour. My facebook for art is Nancy Newman Art.

Otterville, Ontario in Winter by Lianne Todd


lianne Todd Otterville Ontario in winter

Toronto, Ontario by Ona Kingdon

Ona Kingdon Toronto

A Red Tailed Hawk by Sherri Friesman

sherri friesman red tailed hawk

Introducing Gord Jones

Hello IWS and greetings from the Algonquin Highlands.
My name is Gord Jones and I have been in love with the watercolour medium for over 30 years. I moved to the Haliburton Ontario area last year which is located just south of Algonquin Park in Ontario. I currently teach watercolour at the Haliburton School of Art and Design through Fleming College and give workshops for various art groups throughout Ontario and in my studio. In my travels I take every opportunity to promote the IWS and have enjoyed watching this organization grow over the last few years. I look forward to working with the IWS and it’s members as it continues to be a global force in promoting watercolour.


We hope you enjoy two IWS Canada Members Watercolours of Algonquin Park

Selene Yuan(top)  –  Zan Barrage (bottom)




Introducing Janet Clattenburg


Janet Clattenburg

I am in a little village of Port Medway on the south shore. We call this area the banana belt, as we don’t get hit as hard has some of the other areas in the winter. My joy and challenge will be to get more people to get to know the IWS and join.


Osmosis – infuse your love of watercolour to the next generation

Our aim in 2019 is to share our love of and hopefully pass on our enthusiasm for  watercolour to the younger generation!

Adults involved must be members of IWS Canada. Please let us know if you wish to join.

For Youths who wish to take part, please e mail and we will pair you up with a member in your area.

To encourage youth today to discover and explore watercolour painting, this year IWS Canada would like each of its members (leadership team included) to find a youth (or youths) with whom to become their watercolour ‘Buddy’ for the year.

What qualifies as a “youth”?

The “youth” designation could range from anyone old enough to first hold a brush, to a young adult below the age of 25.You could nurture a friend or family member, a young neighbour and/or someone who already loves art, but maybe just hasn’t had much experience with watercolour yet .

How much will it cost to participate?

Participation is free for both IWS Canada members and their youth buddies. The only cost is your time which we really value you giving.

Why is it important to take part?

You would be encouraging creativity, establishing or extending a skill set,and promoting social interaction, as well as passing on your enthusiasm for watercolour to the next generation.

Kids and young adults alike always bring a unique and refreshing outlook to any project.You may even find the next well known Canadian Watercolourist.

What do you have to do?

To make this even more enjoyable, the IWS leadership team is planning an activity a month that you could do starting in March so you don’t even need to come up with an idea; just meet with your buddy or buddies, join in, and have fun, too.

There will be 10 activities, one each month between March and December; not a huge time commitment, but time well spent.

To limit the expense, IWS Canada is working on providing some materials for the youth contingent of our plan. More details will follow over the course of the year.

So make someone’s day! Ask them to be your watercolour buddy.

Look for someone whose interest you could spark! Let’s pass on the baton…or brush, in this case!  And let’s get creative!


  1. If you are a member of IWS Canada, find your buddy then let us know who the buddy is and how old they are.
  2. If you are a youth e mail us and let us know you would like to take part
  3. Sit back and eagerly await our first month’s activity which we will send you at the beginning of March.

Symphonic Watercolours

We would like to thank the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra for partnering with us for our closing performance. It was an evening filled with beautiful music and art. The photo below is of Rayne Tunley, President of CSPWC and Ona Kingdon, President of IWS Canada with Bonnie Steinberg and Andrew Sookrah the two live demoing artists.


The following three video clips will give you just a glimpse of the evening. The first features live Interpretation of the music played by the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra by Watercolour artists Andrew Sookrah CSPWC and Bonnie Steinberg CSPWC.

The second video shows just a small selection of the 150 paintings which were projected onto a large screen behind the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra throughout the evening.

and in the third video Artistic Director of the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Jessica Kun thanks IWS Canada President Ona Kingdon for organizing this event and features several of Ona’s music themed paintings during the encore.

The whole evening was a beautiful way to close our month long celebration of watercolour.