Chuck McPherson Wins First Place in June Members Show

Chuck McPherson, an artist and resident of Tierrasanta, California, has won the First Place award in the extremely competitive June 2023 San Diego Watercolor Society (SDWS) Member’s exhibition “Color Scheming”, an in-gallery show of the SDWS at 2825 Dewey Road in Liberty Station, San Diego, CA. McPherson’s painting titled “America’s Cup Harbor” was selected by prominent local artist Stephanie Goldman for this honor, out of over 200 entries. Goldman said of the painting, “This painting has everything going for it: I love the way it is painted, seeming to be flat and dimensional all at the same time. It has a complex composition with a great color scheme, with its background of varied blues and drips. The varied repetition of all the verticals and heights adds to the complexity. It is a beautiful painting and a delight to look at.”

Chuck is a well-known, award-winning artist working in watercolor, mixed media, acrylic, and oil paints. He graduated from San Diego State University, with a BA in Graphic Comm (with Distinction); and studied Illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He has shown in many institutions including the Oceanside Museum of Art, the California Center for the Arts Escondido, the San Diego Museum of Art, and fine galleries such as The San Diego Watercolor Society, Adelman Gallery, and Ashton Gallery. As a watercolorist, Chuck has garnered hundreds of awards for his paintings, holding triple Signature status with the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Watercolor West, and The San Diego Watercolor Society. He served as Third VP on the 2011 NWS Board and two years as the Member Shows Director on the SDWS Board, plus a concurrent three-year stint as Newsletter Chair on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, and 1st Vice President on the Foothills Art Association Board. As an instructor, Chuck’s style is “intuitive painter meets showman”, and he brings an open, fun and entertaining attitude to his paintings and classes. Find more of his work at

Chuck McPherson and his painting “America’s Cup Harbor”

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