Growing up in New York City, I was exposed to a large and diverse culture at an early age. This can influence you in many ways, and in my case, it gave me my passion for painting people
and the qualities of the human spirit. There are two ingredients that attract me to a particular subject. Whether it is a street musician, a lively folk dancer, a grizzled old farmer, or even a
homeless person in desperate straits, there is always a certain nobility of their spirit, which attracts and compels me to paint them. After connecting with a subject on a more human level, I
look for an interesting graphic design in which to capture that feeling.

Over the years, I began to focus on the medium of watercolor because of its portable qualities. This effectively gave me the freedom to explore the kinds of subjects I like, which might
otherwise be more difficult to paint. As I’ve matured as an artist, however, I’ve grown to appreciate the subtle variations that mirror nature’s creativity in this marvelous medium of

I have studied at art at UCLA, five years at California Institute of the Arts (Chouinard), with further studies under master painter: George Labadie.

My work has been exhibited in many national and international exhibits and museums throughout the United States including the following:

  Akron Society of Artists – 1998
  Houston Watercolor Society – 1994, 1997-1999 & 2002
  Louisiana Watercolor Society – 1996
  Midwest Watercolor Society – 1993, 1995, 1997-1999
  Mississippi Watercolor Society – 1994
  National Association of Women Artists, N.Y.C.
  Northwest Watercolor Society – 1994-1995
  San Diego Watercolor Society – 1995
  Taos National Exhibition of Watercolor II – 1996
  Watercolor USA – 1996
  Western Colorado Watercolor Society – 1995
  Western Federation of Watercolor Societies – 1996, 1999 & 2001
  National Watercolor Society (Viva Gallery) – 2006
  Watercolor West – 1991, 1992, 1994, 2000-2003, 2009

I have received numerous awards over the years, including:

    San Diego Watercolor Award – 1991 (Watercolor West)
    Winsor & Newton Merchandise Award – 1994 (Watercolor West)
    Watercolor West Founder’s Award – 2001
    Margaret Malloy Merit Award – 1994 (Northwest Watercolor Society)
    Miriam Russo Enders Award – 2004 (National Association of Women Artists)
    Jack Richeson & Company Merit Award – 1995 (Midwest Watercolor Society)
I am a signature member of Women Painters West, Watercolor West, Midwest Watercolor Society, National Association of Women Artists and the Watercolor Art Society - Houston. I have
been published in Rockport Publishers’ “People in Watercolor,” “Best of Watercolor: Painting Color,” and Marquis Who’s Who in the West 2000 – 2001 and Who’s Who in America 2004
through 2010.
Leatrice Joy Richardson
Fine Art