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.

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Featured artist for August - Rob Henry

I love the experience of painting watercolors. The same things that seem to scare many artists away from painting watercolors are what draw me to them. It’s the unpredictable nature of the medium that I find fascinating.

I’ve heard so many people say, “I wish I could paint watercolors, but It’s such a hard medium to learn.” The fact for me is that I learned how to paint in watercolors and have a hard time trying to paint in other mediums, as the process is almost the exact opposite. It’s like driving a car backwards.  Having recently retired after 35 years with the National Geographic Society I am finally able to devote my full time and effort into painting. I couldn’t be happier

View Rob'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

PVW Frames of Mind Exhibition
The Frame Factory, Vienna, VA
August 2 - September 10
Reception August 6, 6-8PM
view award-winning paintings

PVW Members Annual painting week in Acadia, Maine
Reservations required.
September 10 - 17

PVW Members Paint out, Santa Fe, NM
Reservations required.
September 17 - 24

PVW Fall Show and Sale
October 15-16
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

Fall workshop with Skip Lawrence
November 7-11
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church