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


‚ÄčFeatured Artist for October - Vita Sims 

This grouping of images gives the viewer a taste of my journey. My paintings reveal my experience of the natural world reduced to its most fundamental forms. Using color, line, shape and texture, I paint intuitively and spontaneously, capturing my emotional and sensory experiences.  The paintings reflect a distillation of my memories into vibrant colors, shapes and textural patterns. Some of the images are plein air painted. The abstract images are part of an ocean series I am working on. Strong influences include Matisse, Vuillard, Van Gogh, Diebenkorn and Joan Mitchell.


View Vita's Work

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!


Exhibitions & events

Paint Out at Patuxent Wildlife Center
October 28, 2017, 9:30am

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Fall St. Andrews Show and Sale
November 11-12, 2017
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church