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Painting of the Month
The first and second place paintings of the month are displayed at
Cadence Bank in Inverness,
301 S US HWY 41
(Junction of Rtes 41 and 44)
APRIL 2018
First Place
Gingi MartinGingi Martin 1st Place
Second Place
Suzanne Mahr

Suzanne Mahr - 2nd place

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Norm Freyer


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Presidents Message

A note from the president, Curt Bond

Curt BondJune, 2018           

I hope everyone enjoyed the May luncheon … Citrus Hills staff did a great job, as they always do.  Tom Jones entertained as only he can … thanks to Tom and Bonnie for the workshops … always informative and fun. 

Congratulations to all the “NEW” board members and to Barbara Kerr for her lively installation presentation. And thanks to all the members that made the luncheon a success.

This month’s demonstrator will be Kathy Durdin … a very accomplished Florida painter.  She will conduct a one day workshop on Saturday following the Friday meeting … please sign up if you can ... it should prove to be most informative.  

Again thanks to everyone who worked so hard this last fiscal year to make this club a success and so much fun to be a member of. 

Hope to see you at the next monthly meeting Friday June 8th.   

Curt Bond    

June Press Release

Loosening Up and Seeing Color Everywhere

Kathy DurdinThe Citrus Watercolor Society welcomes Hyde Park, FL artist Kathy Durdin as the demonstrator at the June 8th meeting. Durdin, who is a leadership development consultant and coach, grew up in Lakeland, FL. She graduated from the College of William and Mary, and lived in Washington, D.C. for 12 years before moving back to Florida. She recounts, “I grew up in art, as my mother was an artist. However, after graduating from college, I confined my involvement in art to visiting museums and studying exhibitions. I started painting again in 2003 and have been working consistently at it since then.” She continues, “I have always loved watercolor as a medium. While it is very unforgiving, its freshness cannot be replicated. I work very hard to loosen up my brush strokes, to take advantage of the medium.” Her style is loose, to take advantage of the characteristics of the medium. Her work needs to be viewed from a distance. Durdin’s other passion is color. Seeing how color drives emotion and how different colors blend and mingle on paper. She combines unusual, unexpected color combinations, inviting viewers to connect colors rather than mixing them on her palette. Kathy is constantly looking for inspiration in the world around her. She keeps camera with her always, looking for images that touch her emotionally. She looks for that emotional reaction when she is deciding what to paint. She particularly likes painting people – interesting people, situations and images.

Kathy was the president of the Florida Watercolor Society in 2012. She is a signature member of the Florida, Southern, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tallahassee, and Florida Suncoast watercolor societies. She has exhibited across Florida, as well as nationally, from New York to California. She teaches classes and workshops, inspiring her students to loosen up their work and enhance their skills. You can view Kathy’s work on the following web site

One-Day Portraiture Workshop with Kathy Durdin

Kathy Durdin will conduct a one–day workshop on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Whispering Pines facility in Inverness.. For information regarding the workshop, contact Peg Lefebvre at 352-750-0069, or see the CWS web site at

Looking Ahead...


Recent Programs


May Press Release

Artist Shares Passion for Art and Love of Nature

Tom JonesTom Jones is one of the most popular artists among Nature Coast watercolorists, as well as those nationwide. He has been a frequent visitor and demonstrator at the Citrus Watercolor Society; and has presented numerous educational workshops to local artists. Tom and his wife Bonnie reside in Edgewater, Florida. Bonnie is an accomplished artist in her own right. Both are members of the Citrus Watercolor Society. On Friday, May 11th, Tom makes a return stop to the area as the demonstrator for the Citrus Watercolor Society installation luncheon to be held at the Citrus Hills Golf & Country Club in Hernando, FL. Tom Jones impresses you with his ease of instruction, his interesting dialogue, where everyone gets the same individual instruction and encouragement, and everyone seems to gain something in their knowledge of watercolor art. His approach to watercolor painting just seems to make things so simple. Tom has traveled from coast to coast in the U.S. and to international sites with this type workshop that is in constant demand. Always sporting a trademark straw hat with a colorful band, he has indeed become a very popular artist. In his workshops, demonstrations, and instructional DVDs, Tom shares his passion for art and love of nature with students of varying skill levels. "I am a story teller. I tell stories with my paintings, of places I have been and things I have seen. I believe that a painting should not only tell a story but should have a story behind it. All my paintings do."

Tom has been commissioned by government agencies, corporations, environmental groups, clubs, and private collectors have commissioned him to expand their art collections. In answer to popular demand, he typically produces his watercolor landscapes in a series of three or five paintings around a specific theme. His art can be found internationally in many private and corporate collections, including commissioned paintings displayed in the Florida State Capital Building, Walt Disney World Corporation, Marriott Corporation, and the Omni Corporation. Tom's work has been featured in many books and on magazine covers as well as posters and brochures. Tom’s web site is .

Two Days of Workshops!

Tom Jones will be conducting a one-day workshop on Saturday, May 12, at the Family Center of the 1st Christian Church, and Bonnie Jones conducts a one-day workshop on Sunday May 13 at the Whisperings Pines facility in Inverness, FL. For information contact Brenda Glenny at 352-650-7784.


April Press Release

Mastering watercolor - Anything is possible if the attitude is willing

Diane G. SimonAnother in the long list of fine Florida watercolorists visits the Citrus Watercolor Society meeting on Friday, March 13th meeting. The society welcomes Sun City artist Diane G. Simon as demonstrator. While wandering through Diane’s three on-line galleries, I was fascinated by her wide variety of subjects. Nothing seems to escape her search to paint something new and different - another critter, plant, tool, building, auto part, vegetable or happy hour. My kind of artist! One who will never get stuck in rut painting the same thing. Diane has been painting since she was a child. She has taken some formal training in pottery at Edinboro University, tole painting classes thru Penn State, and watercolor techniques from instructors in Sun City Center and workshops and classes through the Art Center Manatee in Bradenton. Regardless of her background, she has almost always had a paint brush in her hand. She was trained in high school in oil, she dabbled in some acrylics in the interim, but when she moved to Florida in 2004, it seemed that watercolor was the newest challenge. Frustration aside, the experts are probably correct, it has also been a longer learning or perhaps unlearning curve to master the medium. She says, “I love to paint with vibrant colors—sometimes still thinking more in the intensity of oil than watercolor, but still having to master the amount of water versus paint on paper to achieve the end result. Orange is my favorite color and is quite often found somewhere in my paintings.” If there is a challenge involved, this is her focal point of the month. It might be a tree in silhouette all done in blue or it might be a pet that someone holds near and dear. Abstract just isn’t her art form, but then again, painting with a rigger isn’t for the faint of heart either. Diane has been teaching watercolor classes in Kings Point, Sun City Center, for over 10 years. She started out with approximately 15 students and now has a minimum of 50 in her classes with a waiting list. She also teachers at both the Art Center Manatee and a small community called Tree Lakes in Palmetto. Many of her students just keep coming back for more and more—which also challenges her to keep the subject matter fresh, the classes exciting and new, and providing skills that everyone will both learn and succeed in their endeavor. Diane’s work has been part of the Florida Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition in 2010, 2015 and 2016. Diane is a Signature Member of the Florida Watercolor Society, Signature Member of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, and member of Kings Point Art League, Sun City Center Art League, and the Art Center Manatee. You can view her artwork on her web site at

Two-Day Workshop
April 14-15, 2018

Diane Simon will be teaching a two-day workshop at the Whispering Pines facility in Inverness, FL on Saturday, April 14, 2018 and Sunday, April 15, 2018.
For information on the workshop call Heather Doherty at 352-873-1656.

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About Citrus Watercolor Society

Members of the Citrus Watercolor Society enjoy a "Painting of the Month" competition in October, November, January, February, March and April. They have opportunities to show and sell their work, take workshops and participate in monthly sketch/paint-outs, etc. For more information about the meeting, or to become a member, call Jane Kegan (352) 527-6934, Curt Bond (352)-489-1938 or see the CWS web site  The Citrus Watercolor Society meets at 12:00 Noon on the second Friday of every month, except July, at the Family Center of the 1st Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonade Street, Inverness, FL. . . Learn more...)

Citrus Watercolor Society
P.O. Box 2464
Inverness, FL  34451-2464