Oceanside Artist Wins First Place

Kathleen Scoggin, an artist and resident of Oceanside, San Diego, California, has won the first-place award in the continuingly competitive May 2022 San Diego Watercolor Society (SDWS) Member’s exhibition “Visual Dialogues”, an in-gallery show of the SDWS at 2825 Dewey Road in Liberty Station, San Diego, CA. Scoggin’s painting titled “Sand Stone” was selected by prominent local artist Ken Goldman for this honor, out of over 200 entries. Goldman said of  the painting, “I love the composition! Also, I like the sense of working from low contrast areas to a focal point so skillfully, from accents of cools to a dominance of warms. Warms dominate just because warms are stronger. The neutrals are just gorgeous. There is great texture, variation between the sizes and textures of lines, and repetition of oval and round shapes. The unfinished areas of the lower left are very effective.”

Kathleen Scoggin is a contemporary abstract artist and instructor working in watercolor, acrylic and mixed media who is an increasingly frequent award-winner at the San Diego Watercolor Society. She received education in Design, Fine Arts Coursework & Art History at Oregon State University, Portland State University & Chemeketa Community College. Her work is inspired by nature, and expresses organic subjects inviting the viewer to see and be aware of the beauty around them. The work is based on unique texture techniques to describe the varied earth forms that are all around us. Her art is created to help the viewer see and be aware of the electrifying beauty of nature but still create mystery. Kathleen’s work has been exhibited throughout California and Oregon, and she has won numerous awards throughout southern California. Her work may be seen at https://kathleenscoggin.com/   

The SDWS Gallery Exhibit will run through Sunday May 29, 2022 at the SDWS gallery at 2528 Dewey Road in Liberty Station. Paintings can be viewed and purchased from the gallery as well as on the SDWS website at https://www.sdws.org/galleryart.php?cat=6992.


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.

San Stone
by Kathleen Scoggin
Mixed Media, 20 x 20 inches

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