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 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.


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.

Painting to Spread Some Love Around the World

Art has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. It brings people together and IWS Canada’s mission is to do just that – to unify those who live to create and also those who live to love art.

Help us to spread some love around our world today

I would like to thank 7 IWS Canada Symphony in Watercolour finalists, Lorraine Watry, Alexandra Bryska, Jan Min, Carrie Waller, Sun Jiangang, William Rogers and Lianne Todd who spent their time helping me to create this video. You are all AWESOME!!!

-Ona Kingdon (President of IWS Canada)

A Symphony in Watercolour – entrants check your email!

Dear readers, jurying for our event this fall is finished and entrants  have been formally notified today by email.  So, if you entered the show, please check your email and also check your junk/bulk email in case a message went there accidentally.

A formal announcement of finalists, noteworthy entries, etc. will be posted on this website on May 15th!

This Summer

IWS Canada 'celebration' poster1a

Please read through the information below and start planning and painting your idea ready to upload when the contest opens in July.
Details of how and where to upload your painting will be given on our Facebook Page when the contest opens.
Please do NOT upload your painting before July 1.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

150 ways to celebrate
150 façons de célébrer

​The IWS Canada team is excited and happy to announce our first IWS Canada Facebook Contest!!  Our theme will be  ‘Celebration’ as it is Canada’s 150th birthday this year

So, how can you capture the theme of
​’Celebration’ in watercolour? Think about how you celebrate… what, where, when, and why you celebrate. You could depict an actual event such as a birthday, anniversary or a national or cultural holiday, or capture the emotions felt when celebrating through your use of colour or light. We want to see what you imagine when you think about celebration.  You can show us in any way you like, as long as it’s with watercolour!

This contest will be open from July 1 to August 31, 2017. We will e mail you details of how to upload and enter your painting on July 1st. This information will also be posted on our IWS Canada facebook page at the beginning of July.

Rules of entry:

·         Artists 15 years of age and above may submit one (1) piece of art (any size)
·         Each piece should be no less than 90% watercolour on paper, watercolour canvas, aquaboard, gesso coated paper, or yupo.
·         Each piece should be an original of the artist…not a copy of another’s painting or photo; nor should the entry have been done under instruction or in a class/workshop; the piece should also have been done in the last 3-5 years

From all the received on-line entries, our panel of jurors Ona Kingdon (Head of IWS Canada), Rayne Tunley (President of Canadian Society of Painters Watercolour), Atanur Dogan (President of IWS Globe) and Lok Kerk Hwang our invited International guest juror will select a total of 150 finalists (in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday).

The jurors will then choose 1st,  2nd  and 3rd  International AND 1st ,  2nd  and 3rd  Canadian winners! They will also choose one (1) International youth winner and one (1) National youth winner (youth selection will be from those artists between 18 and 25 years of age) . All 8 winners will receive a certificate and get automatic entry of one painting into our physical exhibition in 2018 and for the six (6) adult winners, an opportunity to demo at the 2018 Exhibition!!!!

All 150 finalists will be included on social media in a beautiful slide show video for everyone to see which will be published later this year.


L’équipe de IWS Canada est fébrile et très heureuse d’annonce son premier concours    Facebook.  Le Canada célèbre sont 150 ième anniversaire cette année,  nous avons donc cru bon qu’il était de mise et approprié de choisir la thématique ‘’Célébration’’.

Alors comment représenter le thème ‘’Célébration’’ à l’aquarelle.  Pour vous aider dans votre recherche, réfléchissez à la façon dont vous célébrez.  L’endroit, la raison, la journée.  Vous pourriez illustrer un anniversaire, une journée de fête nationale, une fête culturelle ou même une émotion ressentit lors d’une célébration en utilisant la couleur comme sujet.   Vous pouvez nous partager cette thématique de la façon qu’il vous semble bon, tant qu’elle est représentée à l’aquarelle.

Règles d’entrée :

–       Les artistes de 15 ans et plus peuvent soumettre un (1) œuvre.
–       90% de l’œuvre doit être à l’aquarelle soit sur papier, canevas, aquaboard, papier recouvert d’un gesso ou papier yupo.
–       Chaque œuvre doit être un original peint par l’artiste participant.  Ne sera accepté aucune copie provenant d’un tableau ou photo appartenant à un autre artiste, aucun œuvre effectué avec l’aide d’un professeur lors d’un cours ou un atelier.  L’œuvre soumis doit avoir été créé lors des 3 à 5 dernières années.

De toutes les œuvres reçus, notre panel de jurés Ona Kingdon (présidente de IWS Canada), Rayne Tunley (président de la Société Canadienne de peintres en aquarelle), Atanur Dogan (Président de IWS Globe) ainsi qu’un juge international invité sélectionneront un total de 150 finalistes (en honneur du 150 ième anniversaire du Canada).

Par la suite, les juges feront une sélection des 1ers, 2ièmes et 3ièmes gagnants internationaux, ainsi que du 1er, 2ième et 3ième gagnants Canadiens.  De plus, ils choisiront un (1) jeune gagnant international et un (1) jeune gagnant national;  (la sélection des jeunes artistes se fera dans la catégorie de 18 à 25 ans).
Tous les huit (8) gagnants recevront un certificat et le droit d’exposition d’un œuvre lors de notre expo physique de 2018.  De plus, les six (6) adultes gagnants auront l’opportunité de présenter une démo lors de l’expo 2018.

Tous les 150 finalistes seront inclus sur les médias sociaux dans un vidéo diaporama qui sera publié plus tard cette année.