Mel Stabin, AWS, is an internationally known teacher, author, and award-winning watercolorist. A graduate of Pratt Institute, Mel studied watercolor with Edgar Whitney. For over thirty years Mel was an art director and creative director for major advertising agencies in New York City. For over twenty-five years Mel has conducted watercolor workshops with groups on location throughout the country and abroad as well as for numerous art societies.
Mel is a signature member of prestigious national art societies including the American Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, North East Watercolor Society, New Jersey Watercolor Society, and Georgia Watercolor Society. His paintings have been the recipient of numerous national awards and have been represented in major exhibitions including the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, National Academy of Design, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor West, Allied Artists of America, Butler Institute of American Art, North East Watercolor Society, and New Jersey Watercolor Society.
Mel has had seventeen one-man exhibitions of his watercolors. His paintings are in many private and corporate collections. Mel was a director for the American Watercolor Society's 2005 and 2006 exhibitions and was a Juror of Selection for the American Watercolor Society's 2006 Annual International Exhibition. Mel received the honor of Master Status from the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and was named one of the "Top Ten Watercolor Masters of Today" by the art website www.artmatch4U.com. Mel was invited by the American Watercolor Society to do a demonstration for their "Watercolor Evenings" during their 144th Annual International Exhibition.
Mel has written numerous feature articles for American Artist, The Artist's Magazine, Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magic, and Watercolor. He is the author of Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused and The Figure In Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused, published by Watson-Guptill.
A full time artist since 1978, Steve is known for his exciting and colorful landscapes, ranging from coastal New England to Europe and the Caribbean. Steve paints in both transparent watercolor and gouache, an opaque watercolor, depending on the subject at hand. An intense feeling of light is apparent in all his work, as well as a strong sense of design. " I use the natural and man made objects I see as design elements that combine to form interesting combinations of light and mass." A signature member of the American Watercolor Society, and longtime member of the New Jersey Watercolor Society, Steve has won numerous awards for his work. They include awards from the NJWS, Salmagundi club, Garden State Watercolor Society, American artists Professional League, Washington Square Outdoor Art Show, Rittenhouse Sq. Outdoor Exhibit, Rockport Art Assn, and many local and regional art shows.
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