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I hope you'll enjoy viewing my paintings from this website. All my paintings are in transparent watercolors. You may click the menu at the top of this page to choose any category, or click the icon at the bottom of each page to the next page.

 

Biography

Keming Chen was born in China, but raised in Taiwan. Chen got Master’s degree in the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1980. Chen was an engineer related to image process in his early life. He was fortunate enough to be able to marry his love of art with science by studying and working as a career. He enjoys art all the time and reads art books in his free time to know more about the theory and practice of color, value, and composition.

 

Chen has concentrated full time on the transparent watercolor painting since 2013. He selected watercolor because of the transparency and flexibility. He paints in studio to produce his intricately detailed works of watercolor art when he is not out to take photos for painting reference. He paints in a number of art categories that include cityscapes, landscapes, animals, people, and flowers. His paintings are realistic and detailed.

In 2016, he was awarded a signature member of the National Watercolor Society (NWS). Since then, he has successively awarded six more other signature members from the following prestigious watercolor societies:  Missouri Watercolor Society (MOWS), San Diego Watercolor Society (SDWS), Pennsylvania Watercolor Society (PWS), Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS), North East Watercolor Society (NEWS), and Watercolor West Society (WW).

 

Chen lives in San Diego, California.

 

Professional Affiliations

  • National Watercolor Society, Signature Member

  • Missouri Watercolor Society, Signature/Life Member

  • San Diego Watercolor Society, Signature Member

  • Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Signature Member

  • Northwest Watercolor Society, Signature Member

  • North East Watercolor Society, Signature Member

  • Watercolor West Society, Signature Member

  • California Watercolor Society, Associated Member

  • Transparent Watercolor Society, Life Member

Website: www.kchenwatercolor.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KemingChenWatercolor/

A Desolate Garden, 18x24, 6-24-2020-PS-s
A Desolate Garden, 18x24, 6-24-2020-PS-s

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Under Manhattan Bridge, NYC
Under Manhattan Bridge, NYC

Transparent Watercolor, 21" x 29"

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Ancient Culture Street, Tianjin, China,
Ancient Culture Street, Tianjin, China,

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A Desolate Garden, 18x24, 6-24-2020-PS-s
A Desolate Garden, 18x24, 6-24-2020-PS-s

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Recognitions, Awards and Selected Exhibitions

 

2022    53rd National Exhibition of California Watercolor Association

2022    Watercolor West Society Signature member awarded

2022    54th International Juried Exhibition of Watercolor West Society

2021    International Watercolour Masters World Contest Top 200 Merit Award out of 3725 entries

2021    North East Watercolor Society Signature member awarded

2021    JIWI International Watercolor Exhibition, Japan

2021    45th International Exhibition of North East Watercolor Society

2021    International Juried Exhibition of Missouri Watercolor Society

2021    51st National Exhibition of California Watercolor Association

2020    Northwest Watercolor Society Signature member awarded

2020    Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Signature member awarded

2020    80th International Open Exhibition of Northwest Watercolor Society

2020    41st International Juried Exhibition of Pennsylvania Watercolor Society

2020    International Watercolor Society (IWS) Pan-American Watercolor Show

2020    11th Annual Signature American Watermedia International Exhibition

2019    International Juried Exhibition of Missouri Watercolor Society

2019    39th International Exhibition of San Diego Watercolor Society

2019    Global Association of Watercolor Artists (GAWA) International Online Contest “Among Best 50”

2019    43rd International Exhibition of North East Watercolor Society

2019    Missouri Watercolor Society Signature member awarded

2019    San Diego Watercolor Society Signature member awarded

2018    78th International Open Exhibition of Northwest Watercolor Society

2018    International Juried Exhibition of Missouri Watercolor Society

2018    38th International Exhibition of San Diego Watercolor Society

2018    39th International Juried Exhibition of Pennsylvania Watercolor Society

2018    50th International Juried Exhibition of Watercolor West Society

2018    42nd International Exhibition of North East Watercolor Society

2017    8th Annual Signature American Watermedia International Exhibition

2017    37th International Exhibition of San Diego Watercolor Society

2017    49th International Juried Exhibition of Watercolor West Society

2016    National Watercolor Society Signature member awarded

2016    96th National Watercolor Society International Exhibition

Artist Statement

I am an award-winning artist. All my paintings are done with transparent watercolors. I never use white or black pigments. I always create dark colors by mixing several different pigments, and reserve some paper areas for white. Use masking fluid, masking tapes, or paint around the objects to save the whites.

I take thousands of photos from travelling, modify the photos for better composition and paint them in my studio. I usually build my watercolor paintings in multiple carefully planned layers. Wait each layer till completely dry before adding the next. I like to work the values from light to dark.