San Diego Artist Wins Third Place

Luis Juarez, an artist and resident of San Diego, California, won the third-place award in the continuingly competitive April 2021 Member’s exhibition “Color Zone” held virtually in April 2021, on The San Diego Watercolor Society website,  Juarez’s painting entitled “Ocean Beach” was selected by prominent local artist and juror Richard Hawk for this honor, out of more than 270 entries. Hawk said of  the painting, “The dashed off first impression of this painting evolves into appreciation for the masterful sense of light and atmosphere. The angle and body language of the bicycles and riders, captured in just a few confident, sharp edged strokes in deepest black, lead perfectly into the heart of the painting.”

Juarez has been painting watercolor art since 2008, specializing in painting Plein Air in San Diego. Juarez says, “I paint what I see. However, I always feel free to move a building or a mountain to enhance the painting. The final result for a successful composition is more important than the reality of what I see.” More of Luis’s work can be found at   

The Virtual Exhibit will run through Saturday April 24, 2021 on The San Diego Watercolor Society’s website at where the paintings can be both viewed and purchased from the Online Store. 


The San Diego Watercolor Society, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1965, is dedicated to expanding the appreciation of and involvement in watermedia painting through education, exhibition and promotion.  More information can be found at

“Ocean Beach” by

Luis Juarez

Watercolor, 20 x 15 in

Image courtesy of San Diego Watercolor Society

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