San Diego Artist Wins First Place

Edward Abrams, an artist and resident of San Diego, California, has won the first-place award in the highly competitive April 2023 San Diego Watercolor Society (SDWS) Member’s exhibition “Blooming Thoughts”, an in-gallery show of the SDWS at 2825 Dewey Road in Liberty Station, San Diego, CA. Abrams’s painting titled “Sunday Concert” was selected by prominent Palm Desert artist Robin St. Louis for this honor, out of over 280 entries. St. Louis said of  the painting, “I really like the juxtaposition of the strong darks with the very delicate lights and shadows. The detail is beautiful. It has a hint of a story here, which is intriguing. It is a very tasteful painting, with a restrained palette and impressive execution.”

Abrams has been a recent regular in the SDWS member exhibitions, as well as a frequent award winner. For this award, his extraordinary ability with light and shadow as well as with realistic drawing skills and sensitive ambiance has been highlighted. Edward has always been an artist. As a young boy in Cleveland, he saw an exhibit of Henri Matisse and started art classes. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art and was there included in exhibitions, juried by prominent artists. As a matter of practicality, his first job was with American Greeting cards where they nurtured artists and encouraged them to do outside exhibits. When Edward moved to Los Angeles, he worked in advertising and became the Graphic Design chief of a major department store, winning many awards in the L.A. area and from the American Advertising Federation. When the work in advertising became too narrow for him, he moved out into broader work, freelancing so he could put his painting skills to work. and he did many award winning jobs for major publishers including Harcourt Brace, Westways, Atlantic Monthly, and Capitol Records, where he painted portraits of classical composers. Edward is a member of the SDWS as well as of the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York. Edward was recently awarded Signature Memberships into the National Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society. Spanning from the 1980’s to 2020 he has been recognized for his excellence as an artist and illustrator on an international level. More of his work can be found at

The SDWS Gallery Exhibit will run through Saturday April 29, 2023 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

“Sunday Concert” by Edward Abrams
Watercolor, 12 x 19″

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