San Diego Artist Wins Second Place

Luis Juarez, an artist and resident of San Diego, California, has won the second-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. Juarez’s painting titled “Liberty Station Tower” was selected by prominent local artist Ken Goldman for this honor, out of over 200 entries. Goldman said of  the painting, “This is a beautiful and very fresh watercolor. It has a lot of expressiveness, with the calligraphy in the foreground palm tree. The focal point of figures against lightest area brings them into a position of most importance. I like the lost edges and subtle atmospheric perspective of the trees. A limited palette of 3-4 colors at most was used. It is a great impression of a scene, and a gorgeous painting.”

Luis is an award winning artist who 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.” He has been a member of the San Diego Watercolor Society since 2014, and is a frequent winner of awards in the monthly shows of the SDWS and at other exhibitions. More of Luis’s work can be found at    

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


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

Liberty Station Tower
by Luis Juarez
Mixed Media, 20 x 15 inches

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