Julie Anderson Wins First Place in May Show

Julie Anderson, an artist and resident of Point Loma, San Diego, California, won the first-place award in the continuingly competitive May 2021 Member’s exhibition “Shape Zone” held as a gallery show in May 2021, at The San Diego Watercolor Society gallery at 2825 Dewey Road in Liberty Station, San Diego, California.  Anderson’s painting entitled “Always the Protector” was selected by prominent local artist and juror Rise Parberry for this honor, out of more than 270 entries. Parberry said of  the painting, “It has very quiet color harmony, with beautiful intertwining shapes, and an obvious affection and protection, so it is not only strong artwork, but also has a great emotional appeal.”

Julie was born and raised outside Philadelphia. She holds a BA degree in art from the University of Delaware and completed graduate studies in art and art history at the Tyler School, Temple University. Retiring in 2002, she began her watercolor journey in 2003, beginning with Continuing Education classes followed by SDWS workshops.  Over time, florals and landscapes changed to figures based on her photos and figure drawings.  In 2013 she began painting on tracing paper affixed to watercolor paper which provides the interesting texture seen in her painting.  Recent work explores abstract acrylic/watercolor painting possibilities.  Julie’s paintings have been juried into many exhibitions including SDWS Member and International, WFWS, NWS Member and International, NWS/China Small Image Exchange, and Fallbrook Signature American Watermedia.  Julie’s work may be seen in the monthly SDWS Member Shows, in periodic Point Loma Artists Association events, and on her website www.julieandersonartist.com

The gallery exhibit is the first in-person showing of art for the San Diego Watercolor Society since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, and will run through Saturday June 27, 2021 at the gallery at 2825 Dewey Road in Liberty Station. The gallery is open Friday – Sunday from 11:00 AM through 3:00 PM. The show can also be seen on the San Diego Watercolor Society’s website at https://www.sdws.org/galleryart.php?cat=6967 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 http://www.sdws.org

“Always the Protector” by Julie Anderson

Watercolor, 21 x 18 in

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