Russell Jewell

Russell Jewell is an internationally recognized plein air painter, published in multiple books and magazines. Jewell is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America and the American Watercolor Society. Russell Jewell’s educational recognitions include a Doctorate in Art Education from the University of Georgia, a Fulbright Memorial Scholarship to Japan, and a United States Patent for his Jewell-Box Viewfinder. In 2019 Jewell won, Best Watercolor in Plein Air Easton! In 2023 Jewell won Second Place Quick Draw in Gloucester Plein Air and again First Place Quick Draw in Mountain Maryland Plein Air.


Russell Jewell is an internationally recognized plein air painter with signature memberships in the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society and The Transparent Watercolor Society of America. His work recently traveled with the American Watercolor Society exhibition. Jewell’s accomplishments include a doctorate in Art Education from the University of Georgia and a Fulbright Memorial fund scholarship to Japan. Jewell’s most recent awards include: Mountain Maryland Plein Air: Best Architecture, Gloucester Arts Festival Plein Air: Best Architecture and The Eastern Shore Plein Air Agricultural Collection museum purchase award during Plein Air Easton competition. Russell Jewell is represented by Wells Gallery at the Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, SC. In November 2023 Russell Jewell’s work was published in a feature article “Under the Sicilian Sun” in Plein Air Magazine.

Significant Art Recognitions for Russell Jewell since 2015

2023 Edisto Island Plein Air Paint Out: Best of Show
2023 Judging Georgia Color Plein Air Competition
2023 Feature Article Plein Air Magazine Oct/Nov “Under the Sicilian Sun”
2023 Juried into Plein Air Easton, Easton Maryland (12th juried participation)
2023 Painted in Mountain Maryland Plein Air, Award: First Place Quick Draw
2023 Painted in Gloucester Plein Air Invitational, Virginia. Awards: Second Place Quick Draw and Best Boat Painting
2023 Painted in Light House Plein Air Jupiter, Florida
2023 Participated in the Art Instructor’s Symposium, Sicily
2022 Published Splash 23: The Best of Watercolor (Honorable Mention)
2022 Accepted: En Plein Air Texas
2022 Second Place Quick Draw: Gloucester Plein Air Festival, Virginia
2022 Honorable Mention: New Bern Plein Air, North Carolina
2022 Second Place Quick Draw: Savannah Plein Air
2022 Best Spring Painting – Olmsted 200 Plein Air – Atlanta, Georgia
2022 Exhibited: American Watercolor Society 155 International Exhibition, New York
2022 Signature Membership American Watercolor Society
2022 Accepted: Atlanta’s Olmsted Plein Air
2021 Exhibited: American Watercolor Society 154 International Exhibition
2021 Museum Purchase Award: Beauty and Bounty, The Eastern Shore Plein Air Ag Collection
2021 Published: Plein Air Magazine: Nuttin Better than Nutalls
2021 Best Architecture: Gloucester Plein Air Festival, Virginia
2021 Best Architecture: Mountain Maryland Plein Air
2020 President: South Carolina Watermedia Society
2020 Published/Authored: Plein Air Magazine Feature Article: Freezing the Sun
2019 Indira Das Memorial Award: Transparent Watercolor Society
2019 Juried into En Plein Air Texas
2019 Juried into Cape Ann Plein Air, Massachusetts
2019 Best of Show – People’s Choice Award: Sautee Plein Air Experience, Georgia
2019 Published: Splash 20: Best of Watercolor
2019 Best Color Award: Olmsted Plein Air
2018 First Place Quick Draw and Artist’s Choice: Plein Air Parrsboro, Nova Scotia:
2017 Tilghman Island Artist’s Choice Award: Plein Air Easton, Maryland
2016 John Singer Sargent Award: Transparent Watercolor Society of America
2016 First Place Quick Draw: Mountain Maryland Plein Air
2015 Exhibited: American Watercolor Society, New York

Artist Statement

In 2008 I received a US Patent on my own Plein Air Viewfinder. It is my philosophy that if you can trace an image, then you can draw an image. Therefore, the general public does not struggle with drawing, they struggle with seeing. After retiring from teaching secondary art students for 35 years, I now lead painting workshops across the country teaching people how to see.

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