Eight artists were chosen to participate in Fusion Art's first quarterly group exhibition. All the artists who participated in the competition have uniquely creative talents but the winners chosen exemplify a mastery in the use of the watercolor medium. Below are the biographies and/or artist's statements along with the artist's websites.
Visit the exhibition page and contact the artists directly for purchases or to see more of their work.
Congratulations again to all the winners and thank you for sharing your incredible talent with us.
Elizabeth Burin is an independent artist working in Baltimore. Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in western Switzerland, she worked as a museum curator and medieval art history before turning to studio art. She holds a Certificate of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is a Signature Artist member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society. Elizabeth exhibits frequently in the mid-Atlantic area and online, and she has received many awards for her work.
Elizabeth's artistic inspiration derives from her travels and above all from nature’s infinite variety of forms. Starting from precise observation, she endeavors to give voice to these unique forms, especially in the fluid and luminous medium of watercolor. She values the expressive power of color and often revisits a subject to capture the atmosphere of a moment or to enhance a coloristic effect. Layers of transparent pigment provide the key to the brilliance she seeks.
Please visit the Watercolor Exhibition page to see a small body of Elizabeth's very talented artwork. To purchase any of these beautiful paintings or see more of Elizabeth's artwork please visit her website.
Megan Foldenauer is a native Chicagoan, alumna of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Johns Hopkins, and has been a certified medical and biological illustrator since 2000. A decade into being in the Mitten, she completed her BS at Eastern in 2009 and her PhD in Anatomy in 2012 at Wayne State in Detroit. She is now employed in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Michigan as their multi-media specialist. Megan spends a large amount of time playing roller derby with the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes, obsessing over music, collecting objects to draw, drawing them, eating her husband’s legendary pretzels, and loving on her son, Magnus. Drawing is a passion that she feels very fortunate to do daily.
Please visit the Watercolor Exhibition page to see a small body of Megan's very talented artwork. To purchase any of these beautiful paintings or see more of Megan's artwork please visit her website.
Mark Kaufman is a signature artist member of the Philadelphia, Baltimore and Delaware Watercolor Societies and a regular exhibitor in shows across the nation. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His work emphasizes the emotional aspects of the human figure and face- windows into the soul.
Please visit the Watercolor Exhibition page to see a small body of Mark's very talented artwork. To purchase any of these beautiful paintings or see more of Mark's artwork please visit his website.
Diane Morgan envisions a painting in almost everything she sees. Adding drama and mystery through the use of powerful lighting, exaggerated contrasts and unusual compositions, she strives to transform simple, everyday life into un-ordinary, not-so-still life. By taking an ordinary subject and enhancing its perception, the viewer is invited to take a closer look. If you look closer, experience something in a different light, you may discover something new about yourself. Its wonderful how the medium takes command. The artist starts the process, but the paint takes charge and leads the work to a sometimes unintended outcome. It’s always exhilarating.
Please visit the Watercolor Exhibition page to see a small body of Diane's very talented artwork. To purchase any of these beautiful paintings or see more of Diane's artwork please visit her website.
Once upon a time John Ressler was a university prof—not in art but earth science and resource management. His academic specialty was landscape analysis, both physical and cultural landscapes. Before teaching he worked as a surveyor and cartographer, as a scientific illustrator, and as Preparator of Exhibits at Museum of Northern Arizona, building new exhibits from the ground up. Many years later, retired from professing, there were two things he wanted to do: travel more and paint. As the most compactly portable of all the paint media, and having the most luminous colors, too, watercolor was the perfect fit!
Vibrant color and sparkling light are the hallmarks of Amanda Schuster’s artwork, whether she’s layering on watercolors or acrylics. Growing up on a farm in Montana, she recalls spending a lot of time simply observing and appreciating nature, which is where she learned to notice the details and the beauty in everything. Although she studied design and architecture in college, painting was always her first love. Around 2005 she signed on for some classes at the Kirkland Art Center, where she studied with noted watercolorist Elizabeth Kincaid, and her new career as an artist was born. Now living in Woodinville, Washington, with her family, Amanda is an active participant in the local art community. With paintings represented in many private collections across Seattle’s Eastside and beyond, this award-winning artist is currently represented by Parklane Gallery in Kirkland, Washington. She has earned Signature Membership in the prestigious Northwest Watercolor Society, and has participated in several group exhibitions sponsored by that organization as well as others. Adding a unique twist to her art career, one of her paintings was chosen by Goose Ridge Wines in Woodinville to appear on one of their artists’ series labels.
Please visit the Watercolor Exhibition page to see a small body of Amanda's very talented artwork. To purchase any of these beautiful paintings or see more of Amanda's artwork please visit her website.
Self-taught watercolor artist Roy Tibbits began painting in 1990 and is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Roy's art has been selected in a number of juried shows at their gallery in Vancouver British Columbia. His paintings were featured in the March/April 2004 and March/April 2007 issues of "Art Avenue a Federation of Canadian Artists" publications. Over the years many of Roy's paintings were recognized and won awards in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor Atlantic Associates Juried Show, the International Juried 90th Open Watercolor Show, the "Art of the Automobile" competition sponsored by "The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada", the "Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists" National Juried Show, and the Society of Canadian Artists' 47th National Juried Show at the Gainsborough Gallery in Calgary Alberta. In 2016 Roy's painting "Old Comrades" won the S. J. Sloan Award at the 91st Open Water International Juried Show and he became an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists.
Please visit the Watercolor Exhibition page to see a small body of Roy's very talented artwork. To purchase any of these beautiful paintings or see more of Roy's artwork please visit his website.
Cecily Willis grew up in the Fairfax/Hollywood area of Los Angeles, and later lived in South Pasadena before she moved to the Santa Clarita Valley. Cecily received her MFA in Painting from the Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles County and she has been a professional artist for over 45 years in the fields of textile design, fashion illustration, and newspaper and corporate graphic design. She is proud to say that she was an advertising artist for the Los Angeles Times during that newspaper’s heyday.
Cecily is now retired, living in Newhall, California, and realizing her life-long dream of being able to devote all of her free time to painting. She is very grateful for her commercial art background and hopes that she conveys the same kind of commitment, devotion and integrity in her watercolors that shegave to her commercial art clients.
Please visit the Watercolor Exhibition page to see a small body of Cecily's very talented artwork. To purchase any of these beautiful paintings or see more of Cecily's artwork please visit her website.