Past Workshops

Ted Nuttal

A graduate of Colorado Institute of Art, Ted Nuttall is a figurative artist whose painting expression was born out of his observation of people. Ted is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, and enjoys Master Status with the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.

Ted’s paintings continue to win awards in juried exhibitions throughout the country. His work has been featured in numerous national and international art publications. Most recently, he was a featured artist in both the 2014 Russian publication “Masters of Watercolor” and in the 2013 French publication “Pratique Des Arts”. Ted was the featured cover artist for the February 2014 issue of Watercolor Artist magazine. Ted’s work has been published in North Light Books’, Splash 8 and Splash 10, and his painting “Whispering Smith” appeared on the cover of Splash 12.

Glenda Caskey Workshop

My love of art has always been with me, but my concerted experience with painting began as a young adult when my children were born. I started with oils and acrylics and enjoyed the landscapes of Colorado, where we lived at the time. I put the paints aside when I resumed my career in finance and marketing, using my degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Even though it may seem to be a far cry from painting, art and creativity are always required to present your story and pull in the viewer.

When I took early retirement, I was able to develop my painting skills again and chose to focus on watercolors. I fell in love with the freshness and flow that the medium provides. With paints in hand, my husband and I traveled around the US and experienced the beauty and variety of each region. We are now settled in St. George, Utah, surrounded by a unique and varied landscape from red rocks to mountain forests.

I am primarily self-taught, but have developed my art with workshops from known artists such as Roland Lee, Lien Quan Zhen, Fealing Lin, and Ian Ramsey. As an active member of the Dixie Watercolor Society in St. George, I have had award-winning participation at various shows and exhibits throughout the past several years.

When you live in a country surrounded by such varied landscape and raw beauty, painting is my way of trying to capture this beauty. It becomes a passion.

Karen Bettilyon

Northern Utah has been my home for most of my life. After selling our company, we now spend six months in St. George and the balance in Salt Lake City. I have studios at both locations.

As a child, I was always drawing and painting as art was my love. I was involved with painting stage sets in high school as well art classes. I started out as an art major at the University of Utah, but my father admonished me to get a degree wherein I could earn a living, if need be; thus, that business study has supported and contributed to our family over the years. In Salt Lake City, my work was property management and development for The Bettilyon Corporation.

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.