QoR Modern Watercolour Award!

Some very lucky artist is going to win the QoR Modern Watercolour Award at our ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’ Exhibition which opens on September 28th at Boynton House, on Richmond Green, Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Thank you QoR Modern Watercolors by Golden from all of us at IWS Canada and CSPWC/SCPA.

Golden Artist Colors will also have a booth on our opening day with representative Bianka Guna demonstrating products.

For more details of our 5 day event please visit our Home page, the Exhibition page, or view the 5 day event PDF .

Escoda Brushes Awards!

Escoda brushes have very kindly donated 3 of these awesome travel brush sets as awards for our ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’ Exhibition. The awards will be announced at our opening event on September 28th at Boynton House on Richmond Green, Richmond Hill Ontario, Canada.  (MAP of all event locations here)

Thank you Escoda for your generous sponsorship from all of us at IWS Canada and CSPWC.

For more information about our five day event visit our home page at  iwscanada.ca or view our 5 day event pdf .

Escoda Brushes Awards

Featured Member – Renee Lippa

Renee is a Canadian mixed media landscape artist painting out of her studio in Sherwood Park, Alberta. At a very early age, Renee began to take a strong interest in sketching and drawing often sitting with her mother while she painted in oils. She initially started with drawing but after proving to have a natural talent and a sharp eye for detail, quickly advanced to paintings in watercolor and acrylic. In a short time, Renee started entering in competitions receiving various top awards.

At the age of 17, Picture This Framing and Gallery sponsored her to take a class with renowned artist Sue-Ellen Ross. Almost immediately, Renee fell in love with Sue-Ellen’s mixed media style and decided to implement some of the same technique into her own work.

Since then, Renee has been recognized in various art competitions across North America receiving multiple awards for her work. In 2009, she was chosen by a unanimous panel of judges to commission a painting for the University of Alberta’s Graduate Engineering Department. The piece called “Unity” can be viewed in the ETLC building at the University of Alberta. After this point, Renee took a short break to pursue dancing competitively as a ballroom dancer winning a Canadian Championship and placing in the top 25 at the world championships in Belgium. She retired in 2015.

Currently, Renee is a full time artist creating original paintings and commissions. Being a self taught artist, she brings a unique style and technique to her work. Her love of vibrancy, texture and detail influences her paintings to have a living and breathing feel. Renee’s goal as an artist is to not only stimulate the mind with lucid imagery but to encourage the viewer to use their other senses. They say a picture can tell a thousand words but a painting can transport you to another place. Whether it is a memory of trees swaying in the wind on a warm summer day or a precious moment gazing over a field of flowers with a loved one, she aspires to draw the viewer in to create their own story.

Below is an example of Renee’s watercolour work.  For more about Renee, please visit her website.

Nothing But Blue Skies – Renee Lippa

Featured Member – Sun Jiangang

Sun Jiangang, (孙建刚) male, was born in 1972 in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China. He graduated from Shanxi Normal University, with skills in painting, watercolor, and pen. He is now a member of the Chinese Artists Association, a member of the Hong Kong Federation of Literary and Art Circles Artists Association, a chairman of the Hong Kong International Artists Association pen painting committee and vice chairman of the oil painting art committee.  He is a Taiwan World Watercolor Alliance member, an IWS Canada Member, and a director of Chinese pen Painting Association.

Below is an example of his work in transparent watercolour.


“Home” by Sun Jiangang. Watercolour. 41×56 cm. 2017


Our apologies for the gap in post publishing due to health problems and travel.  Please look forward to regular posts in the future!

Featured Member – Jan Fraser

Our featured member this week is Jan Fraser, of Alberta.  Says Jan:

“Art has been part of my life since childhood, with lessons at the Edmonton Art Gallery and encouragement from my Grand-Uncle, Murray MacDonald who was a former member of the Edmonton Art Club and a well known watercolourist. When Murray retired from the University of Alberta, he began teaching me every Sunday afternoon and eventually we had a three generation show with Murray, my Aunt and myself. There have been many shows since. My first job in education was teaching and writing Art courses for the Alberta Correspondence School. From there I moved on to Edmonton Public Schools with a varied career in which Art was always involved. I recently retired as Assistant Principal of an elementary school with a Fine Arts Focus. I have always preferred the spontaneity and experimentation possible with watercolor but in the past year I have been playing with carving modeling paste for a textured foreground with acrylic and watercolour paint. This allows me to play with texture and rock formations in the foreground.”

“The weather, landforms and atmosphere of Alberta have always been my inspiration. One maxim that I have is that painting material is all around us. We do not have to travel far to see and feel. Another is to approach art with a sense of play and experimentation in order to continue learning. I enjoy my three grandchildren (one of whom is autistic), travel with my husband Jud, gardening and golf. I am an active member of the Edmonton Art Club.”

Below is an example of Jan’s work.  For more, please visit her website.


Featured Member – Doris Daigle

Colours are Doris Daigle’s first love. In painting, she aims to depict often near-euphoric observations of the everyday – singular moments – little things that make the world a magical place. She wishes for time to stop so that we can all feel the peace that is possible in all things. She hopes to steer others towards witnessing this enchantment through her eyes. Watercolours are her medium of choice.

Below is an example of Doris’ work.  She welcomes you to visit her website for more.

‘Wind Dance’. 22×30″

Featured Member – Hilary Slater

Watercolour is one of Hilary Slater’s many activities, as she says here:

“I am a creative artist and I work in a number of fields. I paint in oils and watercolours, and I produce original pottery, photography, and Landscape Architecture designs. I am a licensed yoga and pilates teacher, and I have also written 23 Novels to date (2 of which are published) as of 2013. I run a variety of retreats at my Georgian Bay Lakeview Retreat Centre, covering everything from Yoga to Art to Writing to Weekend Escapes.”

Below is an example of Hilary’s work.  For more, please visit her website.

Featured Member – Alain Godbout

Alain Godbout is one of the founders of IWS Canada, and served as a Co-Representative from 2014 to early 2017.  He specializes in landscapes and scenes from everyday life.

Alain J. Godbout est un aquarelliste spécialisé dans le paysage et les scènes de la vie quotidienne.  A l’occasion il propose des dessins à l’encre de chine et des toiles d’encaustique.

Originaire du Bas-St-Laurent et éduqué à Montréal, il habite Gatineau depuis 1976. Après une carrière comme conseiller en management, il est maintenant à la retraite. Alain possède une formation générale en arts obtenue au moment de ses études collégiales, mais demeure un aquarelliste fondamentalement autodidacte. Il a eu l’occasion de parfaire ses connaissances et techniques au cours d’ateliers avec des aquarellistes reconnus dont David Kearns, Terry Madden, Jean Pederson, Roland Palmaerts, Jacques Hébert et Pierre Tougas. Ses tableaux ont été acquis par des collections privées au Québec, au Canada, aux USA , en GB et en Afrique.


« En ce qui me concerne, l’aquarelle est le plus beau medium pour communiquer efficacement l’émotion et les sentiments. Il a l’avantage d’être flexible, rapide d’exécution, mais surtout capable de toutes les teintes, effets et textures imaginables . En tant qu’aquarelliste, mon style est représentatif et reflète une technique dérivée de la peinture à l’huile que j’ai pratiquée au cours des années 1960-70.  Je favorise la création fondée sur le dessin et le jeu des masses dans la composition. Mes aquarelles sont marquées par une souplesse du coup de pinceau qui prend des distances face à la minutie de l’illustration hyper-réaliste. J’ attache une importance cardinale à la composition et je cherche à faire une place centrale à l’émotion dans la représentation des personnes et des objets.  Mes tableaux doivent se caractériser par une recherche constante de la lumière et le recours à une palette de couleurs vives ».

Affiliations :

  • Membre fellow de la Société d’Aquarelle d’Ottawa
  • Membre International Watercolor Society (Canada)
  • Membre du Conseil des Arts d’Aylmer
  • Membre de la Ottawa Arts Association
  • Membre de  Art-East Ottawa

Below is an example of Alain’s work.  For more about Alain, please visit his website.

Featured Member – Anthony Saldutto

Anthony Saldutto is a Canadian artist who paints landscapes as well as scenery.
Experienced in watercolours and oils for over 30 years, Anthony’s attention to detail is what draws emotion from each piece. His work creates a sense of familiarity and incites a sentimental moment that resonates on a personal level to each viewer.
Although born in Toronto, Anthony, moved to Italy as an infant and then returned at the age of fifteen. It was early in life when he knew that art was very much a part of his ambition. He pursued his talent by studying Graphic Design.
Law enforcement also attracted his attention influencing his decision to join the Toronto Police Services.
After 30 years of service Anthony is retired and focuses much of his free time on his passion for painting.  Anthony’s paintings have been reproduced as limited editions and sold throughout Canada and the United States as well as for various charitable organizations. They have been featured in magazines and newspapers and are proudly displayed in private homes, police and government buildings throughout North America and Europe.  Anthony continues to produce original pieces that represent new experiences as well as portray the inherent beauty of nature in the way he knows best, with his paintbrush.
  • Toronto Watercolour Society (Member)
  • York Region Arts (Member)
  • Toronto Police Service (Member)
  • CSPWC (Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour) (Associate member)
  • Artists in Canada (Member)
  • TWAC (Toronto West Arts Collaborative) (Member)
  • International Watercolour Society
  • American Watercolour Society


    • Bayview Watercolour Society  |  May 2015  |  First Place, Best Landscape
    • Bayview Watercolour Society  |  May 2015  |  People’s Choice Award
    • Richmond Hill Group of Artists  |  Nov 2015  |  People’s Choice Award
    • TWAC ART SPACE @ the CNE Juried Art Show 2016  |  Sep 2016  |  Winner watercolour category
    • Ken Bromley International Cover Page Art Contest | March 2017 | International Finalist
    • TWAC ART SPACE  CNE Toronto | Aug 2017 | Top five Finalist Watercolour
    • International Watercolour Society Art Contest | Oct 2017 | International Finalist
    • Toronto Watercolour Society ( Aquavision Art Show) | October 2017 | Peoples Choice Award


  • City of Etobicoke
  • Toronto Police Board
  • International Association of Women Police
  • Steven Sloan (Writer/Publisher)
  • Toronto Police Widows and Orphans
  • Canada Custom Services

Below is an example of Anthony’s work.  For more about Anthony Saldutto, please visit his website.

Featured Member – Art Cunanan

Now that entries for our exhibition this fall are closed, we can breathe a little easier and get back to featuring those artists who have joined IWS Canada as full members.  We are so grateful for all the entries – over 300 from 32 different countries!

Born and educated in the Philippines, Art Cunanan immigrated to Canada in 1976. Excited at the prospect of pursuing his passion for painting, he enrolled in workshops to gain knowledge of the business of Art in Canada. Today he lives in Southern Ontario with his wife where the surroundings abound with beautiful subject matter. “If only we would stop and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.” It has served him well as most of his paintings depict rural Ontario.

From oil to watercolor and acrylics, Art has proven that he can handle all three mediums very well. Being more at ease with watercolors, Art conducts workshops all across Canada, United States and Europe using the medium with expertise.

“I love nature; it inspires me all the time. Light dominates my paintings, it makes them alive. Being able to paint is a gift, sharing this talent is God given.”

Art is represented by galleries in Canada. Most of his work is in private and corporate collections in Canada, USA, Australia, Philippines and Europe. Art B. Cunanan is also an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in WaterColour.

Below is an example of Art’s work.  For more about Art, please visit his website.