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May 16, 2012 (San Diego) -- La Mesa resident Chuck McPherson took the First Place Award at the San Diego Watercolor Society's May Member Show.  His painting, The Judge, is of a very special person in his life. 
He explains: "Judge Earl Cantos was the patriarch of a wonderful family that "adopted" me a few years back. I'd been best friends with his daughter and her husband who invited me to the Judge's Kensington home one day as she needed to check on her Dad who was showing, at 88, the symptoms of Alzheimer's.

Mrs. Cantos,
"Mom", adopted me right away and, being Greek Orthodox, rubbed oil on my brow followed by a loving hug. This is the Cantos family and I was officially the adopted son... We lost the Judge in March 2012, as part of my grieving process; I needed to get his image down on paper. Painting people has never been my forte, but with "The Judge" (I called him that out of respect for his service on the bench), I felt it was time for me to face my one "weak" spot. The touching thing is that as I shared pictures of it in process, people, virtual strangers, came to understand who he was in life; what I'm sure every portrait painter strives to convey.  I believe the Judge was in full support of my effort, and brought understanding beyond time and place." 

Visit McPherson's website 
http://chuckmcphersonart.com/ to see additional paintings and learn more about this entertaining artist.

The Second Place Award was earned by Mary Pennell of Point Loma with Sanctuary, Nueva Vallarta, Third Place went to Scripps Ranch resident Peggy

Weiner for her painting In Communion, and the Best of Miniatures was awarded to Susan Weinberg-Harter for Still Life with Bottles.

Shuang Li, the show's juror said she looked first for good design and then 
technical expertise in watermedia when she selected the show's winners. 

Shuang was born and grown up in the People's Republic of China, and received her B.A degree in Graphic Design and M.A in Art Theory & History in China before she moved to the United States in 1988. Shuang then received her M.F.A

from The Department of Art, University of Oregon, one of the largest and

most unique art departments in the Northwest.   http://www.linkstwo.com


The show will continue at the San Diego Watercolor Society's gallery
through May 27th.  The gallery is located in Point Loma's Liberty Station at 2825 Dewey Road and is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 am to 4 pm and is free to the public.


San Diego Watercolor Society is a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to expanding the appreciation of and involvement in watermedia painting through education, exhibition and promotion. SDWS presents a new juried exhibition each month with an evening opening reception on the first Friday. Works on paper using watercolor, acrylic, gouache, casein and tempera as well as mixed media are accepted. More information can be found on the website http://www.sdws.org 

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