The Watercolour Society of WA is an internationally recognised society that is committed to the world-wide promotion of the watercolour medium. The first object of the Society’s Constitution is:

“To promote public interest in watercolours and to advance the knowledge of members in watercolour painting”

The Society is well aware of its responsibility to promote watercolour therefore its members need to have reached a sufficiently advanced level of expertise and understanding of this challenging and much-loved medium. To achieve this, we have a selection process which is as follows:

We require applicants to bring five watercolour paintings to a general meeting, at least two of which need to be framed to exhibition standard, the remaining three need to have a mount and be covered in cellophane or transparent plastic. The standard is high, so we recommend you select your very best works which illustrate your understanding of the medium, technical ability and artistic merit. Pen and wash and gouache are acceptable but not mixed media – we have a saying “Watercolour should be the hero of your work”. If you would like to discuss your submission with an experienced member, please let me know.

Your paintings are displayed anonymously to the members present who are encouraged to consider your creativity, composition, tonal value, use of colour, drawing skill, perspective and brushwork.

To become a member, a 60% vote for acceptance by the members present is required. Those gaining between 50% and 59% will be awarded associate membership. Associate members enjoy the same privileges as full members but are unable to vote in ballots and are limited to exhibiting one pre-approved painting at our Annual Awards Exhibition. They are encouraged to re-submit paintings for full membership as soon as they feel confident to do so.

We encourage you to visit our gallery pages and spend some time looking at the biographies and paintings of our current members which will give you an idea of the standard required.

Should you not be selected for membership the first time, please do not be discouraged. As soon as you feel you have a suitable selection of paintings, we would welcome your resubmission.

We look forward to receiving your application.  Please contact me by phone on 92714573 or by email at merediths45@hotmail.com  to arrange a meeting date for you to present your paintings.

Current WatercoloursWA Committee

Office Bearers  
President: Susan Payne payne.susan@gmail.com
Vice-President: Penny Maddison pmaddison@iinet.net.au
Secretary: Cass Gartner secretarywswa@gmail.com
Treasurer: Marion Power treasurerwswa@gmail.com
Website Manager: Debbie Ey webwswa@gmail.com

 

Committee Members
Stephanie Boyle cboyle29@bigpond.com
Geraldine Box boxgeraldine1@gmail.com
Kale Miller lukalemiller@hotmail.com
Jane Zandi janehoman@smartchat.net.au

 

Fellowship of the Watercolour Society of WA (FWSWA)

In 2015, the Society decided to acknowledge excellence in watercolour painting by awarding a Fellowship of the Society to those members who accumulate 8 points from awards at the Annual Awards Exhibition as follows:

The Overall Winner Award          3 points

Each Category Winner                  2 points

Highly Commended and
The People’s Choice Award          1 point

Points accrued for current members were retrospective from the start of the Society

2015

Stephanie Boyle

Pam Eddy

Penny Maddison

Lucy Papalia

Philomena Yong Too

Robertson, Sandy

2016

Cass Gartner

2017

Pam Lockwood

2018

Renata Wright

Susan Payne

Updated 23/11/2020

ALEXANDER, Gordon GODDARD, Maureen MARMION, Verena SHAVE, Dana
AUSTIN, Penelope GREEN, Allison McCORMACK, Julie SMITH, Noeleen
BADDELEY, Peter HALLIDAY, Shelda McNALLY, Ron SPENCER, Helena
BENNETT, June HAMILTION, Padma MILEA, Simona SULLIVAN, June
BOX, Geraldine HARDWICK, Richard MILLER, Kale SZE, Tony
BOYLE, Stephanie HAY, Suzanna  MOSS, Sue TAN, Bee
BRICKELL, Larraine HAYES, Vi NAIL, Ana TAYLOR, John
BRISTOW, Richard HAYWARD, Stef NEUZERLING, Lori TAYLOR, Tony
BROWN, Jillian HENWOOD, Colyn NEWTON, Derek TOLCHARD, Rosalie
BROWN, Margaret HEWETT, Beverley NORMAN, Christine VIVIEN, Jessica
BROWN, Rod HIBBERT, Sue O’BRIEN, Barbara VOIGT, Valentina
BULLOCK, John HICKEY, Rhonda OC, Renee WALLMAN, Annette
CAIRNES, Janine HOLLIER, Robin O’CATHAIL, Zee WANG, Angela
COCKBURN, Helen HUNT, Barbara OSBORNE, Irene WHITE, Leanne
COLE, Barbara HURD, Paul PAPALIA, Lucy WHITE, Pam
CONLIN, David JACKSON, Marilyn PARKER, Valerie WHOLLEY, Michael
DAVEY(Haynes), Jo JENKE, Ros PAYNE, Susan WICKISON, Anki
DEWAR, Margaret JOHNSON, Bev PEEBLES, Gillian WILSON, Michele
DRURY, Paul JOHNSTON, Vicki Lee PETERS, Rita WONG, Laddawan
EASTWOOD, Ray KALAB, Sue PIERONI, Margaret WRIGHT, Anastasia
EDDY, Pam  KALLAS, Ian PITTMAN, Jan WRIGHT, Beni
EL-MUGHEIRY, Maggie KELLEY, Catherine POWER, Marion WRIGHT, Renata
EY, Debbie LANE, Yvonne PRESS, Dianne YEO, Aurelie
FAGENCE, Ella LEAHY, Tamayo REYNOLDS, Peter YONG-TOO, Philomena 
FARRELL, Fiyona LI, Jane ROBERTSON, Sandy YOUNG, Evelyn
FITZPATRICK, Derrick LINE, Wendy SANDERSON, Jenny YOUNGER, Fred
FRENCH, Lois LOCKWOOD, Pam SARSFIELD, Jayne ZANDI, Jane
GARDNER, Lorraine LONG, Peter SCOTT, Jude  
GARTNER, Cass MADDISON, Penny SCULL, Meredith  
GILL, Pauline MARIREA, Arlene SHATTOCK, Kama