The Watercolor Society of Alabama

Watercolor Society of Alabama began in 1939 with an exciting vision to promote, create and inspire painters in the art of watercolor media. We embrace that vision by holding juried watercolor competitions each year: WSA Annual National Exhibition, Statewide Alabama Members Showcase, and Online Showcase.

We offer workshops taught by nationally and internationally known artists. Vibrant Newsletters, published quarterly, keep members informed and connected.

82nd Annual National Exhibition 2023
Award Winners

2023 Alabama Members' Showcase

September 17, 2023 ~ November 2, 2023

Heritage Hall Museum
200 South St. E., Talledega, AL 35160

Selection Juror: Don Taylor
Awards Judge: Laurin McCracken AWS NWS WHS


Juror of Selection

Don Taylor

A native of St. Augustine FL, Don graduated from the University of Florida with BS and MS degrees, and a DVM degree from Auburn University. Before veterinary school, Don was a USMC officer and veteran of Viet Nam. He practiced as a veterinarian full time for 25 years and then went on to part time for the next 20 years, finally fully retiring in 2018. Around 1995, he began to seriously pursue his passion with watercolors while still a part time DVM.

He is a signature member of Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor West, Southern Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Florida Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Watercolor Society of Alabama. Louisiana Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society, Texas Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, Kentucky Watercolor Society, Watercolor Arts Society of Houston, Hudson Valley Art Association, Red River Watercolor Society, Montana Watercolor Society, San Diego Watercolor Society, And Tallahassee Watercolor Society. He is an elected member of Allied Artists of America and American Artists Professional League.

Early in his art involvement, he was president of the Panama Art Association (1975-76) and a member of the board of directors of the Visual Art Center of Northwest Florida (now the Panama City Center for the Arts) from 2001-2006. He served for 5 years during 2 terms as president of Southern Watercolor Society and has been on the SW board since 2006.

Don’s paintings embrace varied subject matter, most of which comes from his travels around the world. He specializes in architectural art, animal art, and portrait/figurative works. He has won over 55 awards in national competitions. Don has been published in the 2010 & 2011 editions of the Best of America Watermedia, and in the 2012 Best of Worldwide Watermedia Artists. Also, he’s been included in the 2012 Artistic Touch 5 and 2013 Artistic Touch 6 as well as the 2010-2015 editions of International Contemporary Artists.

Don started his watercolor travel journals in 2003 having done over 400 watercolor sketches on location around the world and now teaches workshops in Plein Air Journaling in Watercolor and Pen/Ink. He’s taught local classes in watercolor in his studio at home since 2002. He and his wife, Louisa, have lived in Panama City FL since 1972.

Awards Judge

Laurin McCracken

Born in Meridian, Mississippi, he studied at Auburn University and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University and a Masters in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University. He currently lives and paints in Fort Worth, Texas.

He is a signature member of more than a dozen watercolor societies including the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Southern Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, and Watercolor USA Honor Society. He is an Elected Member of the Allied Artists of America in their Watermedia Category.

His paintings have been included in multiple shows in China: Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolor Biennial Exhibition 2010 & 2012, the Beijing International Art Biennale 2010; 2012 and 2015; the Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial 2013 and 2015; and the Qingdao International Watercolour Salon, 2014. His paintings are included in the permanent collections of the National Museum of China; of the Asian Museum of Watercolor Art in Haikou City, Hainan Province, China; and The Watercolor Museum in Fabriano, Italy.

His work has been published in many national and international magazines and books including: Watercolor, Watercolor Artist, Artist’s, Drawing, American Artist, International Artist and Southwest Art. His work has been included in books such as Splash 9-20; Strokes of Genius 2 & 3, Secrets of International Watercolor Masters, Volume #1 published in China, Masters of Realistic Imagery published in Germany and Masters of Watercolor published in St. Petersburg, Russia.

His work is represented by Southside Gallery in Oxford, Mississippi, and Cassidy Bayou Gallery in Sumner, Mississippi.

3 Day Workshop

Laurin McCracken

$420. For members
$460.00 for non-members
A deposit of $200. Is required to hold your place- balance due at workshop.

Class hours- 9:30am.-4:00pm. Heritage Hall Museum, 200 South E. St. Talladega, Al. 35160

Supply list will be sent after registration.

Questions? Contact
Nancy M. Paden
AMS Director