PVW, based in the Maryland/ Virginia/D.C. area, is a juried society of watercolor painters

We are a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote the art and excellence of watercolor painting.
Our members include many watercolor instructors and artists who exhibit at prominent galleries, museums, and nationally acclaimed shows. Some serve as jurors; others give demonstrations and programs for art and community groups.

See what we're all about in this 10-minute video


PVW Anniversary publication now available as an ebook!

Celebrating our 40th anniversary, this beautiful book is filled with striking images of members' work along with descriptions of each artist's process. And now you can purchase a Kindle edition for only $5.99 from Amazon. (If you don't have a Kindle, you can download the free Kindle app for most tablets and smartphones.) Check it out!


December 2014 Featured Artist: Leigh Culver

Leigh Culver says, "When I am stressed by the pace and annoyances of urban living, painting refocuses me on what matters. I slow down to observe and translate the age spots on an autumn leaf, the shadows on a face, or the color shifts across a field, and I am back in touch with the wonder and beauty of the world in front of me and with my sensorial experience of just being here. I prefer hot press paper for its ability to highlight the immediacy of touch and process, and I mix pigments directly on the paper in order to intensify colors and encourage natural accidents and bleeds. As pigment reacts with water and paper over time, I must decide how much to control the process and how much to just let it be and trust what happens. A metaphor for the joy and challenge of living itself.   


Watch for 2015 show listings in this space!