May I Introduce Jeffrey Watts?

28 Jul 2012

Jeffrey Watts: Weekend with the Masters art instructor

Jeffrey R. Watts is a southern California native. Growing up in rural San Diego county with an artist father, Watts demonstrated an early aptitude for the visual arts. After an injury cut short his budding career in professional cycling, Watts turned his focus back to art and learning how to paint, and enrolled at the California Art Institute, in Calabasas. The artist was soon asked to teach at the institute and began to work as an illustrator in the movie industry. Watts' goal to become an easel painter eventually drew him back to San Diego, where he started a small life-drawing and painting studio called the Watts Atelier of the Arts.

Charlotte by Jeffrey Watts, 2008, oil painting, 12 x 9.
Charlotte by Jeffrey Watts, 2008,
oil painting, 12 x 9.
His atelier allows him to work regularly from the live model, grounding his work in traditional principles. Watts' paintings are often compared to Nicolai Fechin's, an influence he is quick to acknowledge. "I never tire of looking at the work of Fechin," Watts says. "His work is the perfect combination of control and chaos." In 2008 The Taos Art Museum and Fechin House honored Watts with a solo exhibition in the original Taos home and studio of the famed Russian painter. Watts' work has won numerous awards including First Place Portrait category and Second Place Landscape category from The Artist's Magazine annual competition; two consecutive Second Place Awards at the Salon International Exhibition; an Honor Award and an Award of Exceptional Merit from the Portrait Society of America; three Awards of Excellence from Oil Painters of America; and three Top 100 Awards from Arts for the Parks among others.

Watts is a regular participant in the prestigious Prix de West Invitational held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, in Oklahoma City. His work has been featured in SouthwestArt, American Artist, Art of the West, Western Art Collector, American Art Collector, Drawing, and Workshop magazines. He is a Master Signature member of Oil Painters of America and a Signature Member of both the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and the California Art Club, and he holds membership in the Portrait Society of America. For more information on Watts, visit his website.

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