2003 DEMONSTRATOR HIGHLIGHTS
Tom Fong, Artist-Instructor, a native Californian, graduated from UCLA with
a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design.
Tom has studied with James Couper Wright, Robert Uecker, and attended
workshops conducted by, among others, Milford Zornes, George Post, and
Robert E. Wood.
He merges the simplicity and serenity of the Far East with the bright
colors of the West in his painting. Tom paints bold, spontaneous, and with a
willingness to explore and express himself freely. He lets chance and
improvisation create excitement in his art. Tom finishes his work with
calligraphic brushstrokes retaining only the elements necessary for meaning.
Tom teaches on a regular basis through Adult Education and Community
College Services and also conducts special watercolor workshops such as
those sponsored by Santa Monica and Mt. San Antonio Colleges, Cal State LA,
and Brand Art Studio. Tom is also a continuing guest instructor for the
Yosemite National Park Association.
His watercolors have been included in national juried exhibitions. His
work is also included in Splash 6, and he was featured in the
Watercolor Page of the American Artist, June, 2001 issue.
Tom has earned Signature Membership in Watercolor West where he
currently serves as President. By request, he gives watercolor
demonstrations and conducts workshops. Tom's dedication to his art
makes Tom Fong a welcome and treasured artist demonstrator for our meeting.
Expressing various forms of creativity has always been a very important
part of life for Joann Woodward. Early on she had a love of fashion
which she pursued to earn a degree in Art/ Home Economics at the University
of California at Santa Barbara. Creating fashion and cooking were her
outlets then, but she had a taste of her future by studying watercolor under
Robert Fenton. Sometime later a friend dragged her to a class taught by
James Cooper Wright in Pasadena. Joann was hooked, but painting waited in
the wings for later due to her family duties and civic commitments.
In the late eighties, Joann’s family moved to Upland. She decided
that was the time to paint. She felt fortunate to study with Sharon Yatsko.
When she returned to the work force she used her creativity by arranging
displays at the hospital gift shop. Painting has also nurtured Joann as a
therapy during a battle with cancer, and as a cancer survivor.
Presently Joann paints with the Art Box Studio group led by Sylvia
Megerdichian. She has also studied with Milford Zornes and Angela
Hernandez. Sylvia has influenced a freer, looser style. Joann enjoys
exploring the building of transparent glazes and strives to bring brighter
colors to her work. She says, “Realizing this love of watercolor is a
life long process with good days and bad...just like my golf game. It keeps
A variety of subject matter intrigues Joann-everything from
florals to cats and travel scenes. Photographs from a recent trip to Italy
have led her to create a series of landscape and floral paintings. Her
sunflowers painting was featured in a Pasadena showcase house. This led to
work being shown in John Robert’s Floral Shop in La Canada as well as other