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About

ABOUT

Night demo during workshop in the south of France

Ron Stocke is a Northwest Watercolorist who lives in Everett Washington.

His award winning paintings have been featured in Watercolor Artist Magazine and in the Splash series and on products throughout North America. 

A Signature member of the American Watercolor Society, Signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, an Elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor, and a member of the National Watercolor Society. Ron paints and teaches workshops in America, Canada and Europe throughout the year.

ARTIST STATEMENT

The watercolor medium is honest, challenging and always new. It is the oldest pursuit that I know and has enriched my life at every level. While sometimes frustrating even for the most experienced watercolor painter, it is invigorating and always a learning experience.

I believe watercolor is simply the best medium to capture light, shadow and reflective surfaces and I exploit this in most of my work. I enjoy the process of watercolor and allowing the medium to have a life of its own. Each year I care less and less about the details of my subject and more about capturing the energy of my subject in the fewest brushstrokes I can. You have to keep it simple, Therefore, I’m always thinking SIMPLIFY. 

My hope to anyone viewing this site or taking my workshops is to not judge their work by any other standard than their own. Your brushstrokes are unique and only you can make them.

Painting in the poppy fields near Limoux, France

AWARDS

  • Splash 17 Northlight Books 2015

  • Watercolor Artist Magazine - Cover Artist June 2015

  • Northwest Watercolor Society 2015 -75th International Open Show, Seattle, WA.

  • National Watercolor Society 2015 - Members exhibition, San Pedro, CA

  • American Watercolor Society 2015 - 148th International exhibition, New York, NY

  • NWWS Waterworks Show 2014 - Jack Richeson Award

  • NWWS 74th Annual Open Show 2014 -  Faso purchase award 

  • American Watercolor Society 2014 - 147th International exhibition New York, NY,  Edgar Whitney Memorial Award 

  • CSPWC Western Streams show Vancouver, BC 2013 - Second Place Award

  • NWWS Waterworks show 2013 - Northwest Vision Award

  • Splash 14 Northlight Books 2013

  • American Watercolor Society - 146th International Exhibition New York, NY 2013