Past Workshops

Lian Quan Zhen


For more information about Lian, visit his website


In October 2016, the Dixie Watercolor Society offered a workshop by Lian Quan Zhen.

Lian Quan Zhen is a sought-after watercolor and Chinese painting artist and teacher in the US and abroad. He is one of the most popular authors of North Light Books.

He started sketching and painting in his childhood and continue as hobby while practicing medicine as a family physician in Canton Province, China. After immigrating to the US in 1985, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and a Master of Architecture Degree from MIT in 1996. He has many shows in the US, Hong Kong and China and developed an international following. His paintings hang in numerous institutional and private collections including the MIT Museum which has collected 14 of his paintings.

His art teaching credentials include at the University of California at Berkeley where he taught watercolor outdoor sketching for 8 years; watercolor and Chinese painting workshops nationwide in US, and other countries in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, China, South Africa and Australia. Also, Lian has been an invited juror for California, Colorado, New Mexico, Georgia, Arizona and Kentucky Watercolor Societies' exhibitions and other local shows. His paintings featured in magazines such as Watercolor 94 Spring, Splash4, Collectors (Hong Kong) and books of Landscape on Watercolor (UK), Finding Your Visual Voice and Painter's Quick Reference books by North Light Books: Flowers and Blooms, Dogs and Cats, Birds and Butterflies, Landscapes and Drawing and Painting Animals - the Essential Guide.

Lian’s four books published by North Light Books have distributed internationally. They are: The Chinese Painting Techniques for Exquisite Watercolor, published in October of 2000; the Chinese Watercolor Techniques - Painting Animals, published in December of 2004, with demos on video tapes and DVDs made by Teaching Arts in UK; Chinese Watercolor Techniques for Exquisite Flowers published in 2009; Chinese Landscape Techniques for Watercolor in September 2013. They were main selections for North Light Book Club members. In 2014, North Light Books is printing a coffee table book with collection of Lian's paintings, one of two painters chosen amount the publisher's artists.

Carl Purcell Workshop

In May of 2016 the Dixie Watercolor Society offered workshop by Carl Purcell.

Carl is the author of the North Light publications, Painting With Your Artist’s Brain (a watercolor book) and Drawing With Your Artist’s Brain. In addition his art has been featured in numerous articles published in The Artist’s Magazine and in Splash I. He has been invited to jury exhibits in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Michigan and California.

Carl Purcell's Website is HERE

Sharon (Shari) Cannon Workshop

In March 2016, the Dixie Watercolor Society offered a workshop by Shari Cannon.

Sharon (Shari) Cannon is a California native and Utah resident. She has
a Masters Degree in Art Ed with emphasis in studio art. She has studied
art at BYU, Snow College, U of U, U of Wisconsin, and under talented
artists in several states and JK Reed in New Zealand. She taught Jr. High art for years and now is loving the time to do her own art. She is a member of UWS, DWS, and Watercolor West and loves to associate with other artists.

David Lobenberg Workshop

David Lobenberg's Website is... HERE

In October of 2015, the Dixie Water Color Society offered a workshop by David Lobenberg. 

David Lobenburg has developed an international reputation over the past few years in major world-wide watercolor exhibits and major art magazines. He is a very animated, fun, and encouraging workshop instructor. The California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture workshop is super non-intimidating and fun! Students are shown how to easily take exciting photos of themselves or other people with their smart phones and through a very quick tracing technique, turn them into crazy, eye-grabbing California Vibe Watercolor Portraits. There is an article in The Art of Watercolour magazine , fall 2014 issue. The first quarterly issue of The Palette Magazine is now out, and David Lobenburg is one of three watercolorists highlighted in a twelve page article titled "Three Views". This was a February watercolor portraiture event in Oakmont, California. You can also check him out on youtube.

Workshop participants with David Lobenberg

Left to Right: Standing is Maureen Booth, Willa Barksdale, Karen Bettilyon, Jill Simkins, Jan Hansen, Isabel Lee, Gail Alger,
Margo Cook, Dorothy, Deena Millecam, and in front, Michelle Manriquez, Mary Jane Grow, David Lobenberg and Shari Cannon.

Karen March Workshop

Karen March teaching her watercolor portrait workshop.

In June of 2015 we had the opportunity to attend a workshop taught by Karen March. It was held at Michelle's studio space, and it was a great workshop. Anyone that missed it really missed out.

The workshop was on portraiture in watercolors and Karen did a fantastic job teaching her methods. Not everyone is versed in portraiture painting and this workshop offered an opportunity for us to learn from someone truly skilled at it. Not only that, but the atmosphere at the workshop was light, and fun. I had a great time.

She also brought a portfolio of her past work which was fantastic and fun to look through.

Karen is a signature member of the watercolor society, and the past president. 

Some of Karen's workshop participants.