” I think it’s important to cultivate an individual, unique and self-style of painting that you can call your own. We all gain inspiration from the world in which we live. I want to excite the viewer and see the beauty that I see in paint. ”
My thoughts or Al-isms:
“Paint what you see and make it look like a watercolor.”
“Limit brushstrokes and allow the medium to paint itself”
“The key ingredients to winning watercolors begin with a good drawing, understanding tone and exploiting edges, texture and depth.”
“Watercolors have unique properties that sets it apart from other mediums. Exploit those properties to it’s fullest!”
“Texture , depth, confident brush strokes and Atmosphere is one of the most fascinating aspects of watercolor and painting. Without it, paintings just seem dull”
Al Kline is the President of the Watercolor Society of South Texas (WSSTX.ORG).
He was born in Holland to Dutch parents. He moved to the United States as a young child. He showed interest in art including watercolor at a young age. He spent the majority of his working life providing medicine and surgical services to his community for the past 30 years.
In 2017, he re-discovered the art of drawing and watercolor and was voted as president of the Watercolor Society of South Texas in 2018.
In 2020, he began to focus more on teaching watercolor for the Watercolor Society of South Texas, which has a rich history of promoting watercolor art in South Texas for the past 50 years.
Through teaching, and now online instruction, he has gained international recognition as a watercolor artist. He has won numerous awards in both local and state-wide shows.
Vava Callahan Memorial Award with “Lonely Loco” Tri-Group 54th Annual Art Exhibition -2018
1st Place – 48th Annual Watercolor Society of South Texas for “Dock Inspection”. – 2018
Best in Painting Category – 2018 Rockport Art Fest
Selected Acceptance to the 55th, 56th, 57th Annual Members Show for the Southwestern Watercolor Society- 2018, 2019, 2020
Honorable Mention- 49th Annual watercolor Society of South Texas for “CC Marina Glow”. – 2019
Peoples Choice Award – 2019 Helotes Art Gallery
Past Presidents Award – 56th Annual Members Exhibition of the Southwestern Watercolor Society (SWS) 2019 – “The Piper”
Honorable Mention – “Lion Dance” – Tri-Group 56th Annual Art Exhibition-2020
Second Place, 50th Anniversary Watercolor Society of South Texas for “Port A Flat Boat” – 2020
Award of Distinction – 57th Annual Members Exhibition of the Southwestern Watercolor Society (SWS) 2020 – “Kairos”
NWS Member Participant Selection – NWS Members Exhibition 2021 – “Spots”