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


November 2015 Featured Artist: Mary Andrews

Mary Andrews travels with her paintbrush. She says, "After I retired from teaching elementary school art 1995 I began taking classes at The Art League in watercolor painting.  Soon I was going on travel workshops with my teacher, Gwen Bragg, and began to really SEE and absorb locations from Greece to South Africa. There was something special about the paintings I made on site – and different from those painted later from photographs. When I look at a sketch done in Rhonda, Spain, I can smell the flowers and hear the sounds of a young man on the next park bench practicing his Spanish guitar.

"Figuring out what is essential before I leave, and not having to keep track of a lot of equipment, makes the whole trip more enjoyable.  Traveling with a paintbrush is a wonderful way to see the world!"


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!