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Ted Nuttall ~ Figurative Watercolour painter

A graduate of Colorado Institute of Art, Ted Nuttall is a figurative watercolorist whose painting expression was born out of his observation of people, his experience and travels as an illustrator for the United States Air Force, and a twenty-five year career in graphic design. His work, as a designer, illustrator, and fine artist has won numerous national and regional awards.

Ted Nuttall is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor West and Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. He teaches watercolor workshops in portraiture and figure painting for arts leagues and organizations throughout the world. His workshops and private classes have been enjoyed by many who have benefited from his personal and insightful instruction.

Ted’s paintings continue to win awards in juried exhibitions throughout the country. His painting “Dreaming Wide Awake” was selected to hang in the 141st Annual Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society and was selected, as well, for the traveling exhibition. The Western Federation of Watercolor Societies awarded Ted’s piece “Cosi Comincia Il Giorno” best of show in their 34th annual exhibition. His painting “Her Eyes” was awarded first prize in Watercolor West XXXV Annual show and “Winter Sun | Red Bandanna” won the coveted Skyledge Award (Best of Show) in the 28th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.

American Artist magazine’s 2010 summer issue of ‘Watercolor’, the Artist to Artist feature included an interview with Ted as well as an extensive representation of his new work. Ted’s painting “Whispering Smith” is featured on the cover of “Splash 12: Celebrating Artistic Vision”, which also contains three of his other works. 
In 2011 he served as Juror of Awards for the American Watercolor Society as well as the Adirondack Exhibition of American Watercolors and as Juror of Selection for the National Watercolor Society.

Artist’s Statement
"For as long as I can remember, I have been a fascinated spectator of human behavior - the quintessential people watcher. I naturally seek the unique character in everyone I encounter. Often, as I observe someone in his or her everyday environment, I am rewarded with a moment when the play of light and shadow combine with a gesture or expression - and I see a painting. A shadow cast by a pair of wire-rimmed glasses, hands cradling a book or carefully tying a shoe, a contemplative smile completely unaware – the important moment that tells a whole story. My paintings are an attempt to compose and thoughtfully record the nuances that have transfixed these moments, these stories, in my mind".

  • October 2011 - National Watercolor Society 91st Annual Exhibition, Juror of Selection;
  • June 2011 - Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Juror of Awards;
  • May 2011 - Transparent Watercolor Society of America 35th Annual Exhibition, Jack Richeson Award for “The Words Ran In Her Mind”;
  • May 2011 - Western Federation of Watercolor Societies 36th Annual Exhibition. Presidents Award for “Andrew’s Slow Surprise”;
  • April 2011 - American Watercolor Society 144th International Exhibition - Juror of Awards;
  • April 2010 - American Watercolor Society 143nd Annual Juried Exhibition - "Dreaming Wide Awake";
  • May 2010 - Transparent Watercolor Society of America 34th Annual Juried Exhibition - Georgia Ann Newton Award for "Sunday in Central Park";
  • February 2010 - Fallbrook Art Center Signature American Watercolor Exhibition - Fallbrook Art Center 3rd Award for "Finale-Allegro Molto"; 
  • October 2010 - Watercolor West 42nd Annual Exhibition San Diego Watercolor Society - Reciprocal Award for "Just A Notion";
  • September 2009 - Watercolor West XLI Annual Exhibition - National Watercolor Society Reciprocal Award for "Morning And Valentina";
  • May 2009 - Western Federation Watercolor Societies 34th Annual Juried Exhibition - Best of Show for "Cosi Comincia IL Giorno";
  • May 2009 - Transparent Watercolor Society of America 33rd Annual Juried Exhibition - Lehmann Memorial Award for "Light and Shadow";
  • May 2009 - National Watercolor Society 89th Annual Juried Exhibition - "Down By Kern River";
  • April 2009 - American Watercolor Society 142nd Annual Juried Exhibition Nell Storer - Memorial Award for "What He Must Be";
  • April 2008 - American Watercolor Society 141st Annual International Exhibition - "Whispering Smith" - Awarded Signature Membership;
  • February 2008 - Western Federation of Watercolor Societies 33nd Annual Exhibition - "In the Twilight of the Forest Noon"
  • December 2007 - Watercolor West 39th Annual Juried Exhibition - "Sol, Arena y Viento"
  • June 2007 - Western Federation of Watercolor Societies 32nd Annual Exhibition - Award of Merit for "The Pathfinder"
  • April 2007 - American Watercolor Society 140th Annual International Exhibition - "Monday's Child";
  • October 2006 - Watercolor West 38th Annual Juried Exhibition - Juror's Award For "Ella, San Gimignano";
  • October 2005 - National Watercolor Society 85th Annual Juried Exhibition;
  • September 2005 - Arizona Watercolor Association 2005 National Watercolor Exhibition - Award of Merit;
  • September 2005 - Watercolor West 37th Annual Juried Exhibition - Bill Peregrin Memorial Award for "Olivia";
  • August 2005 - Adirondacks 2005 National Exhibition of American Watercolors - Arthur E. Baker Memorial Award for "Affetuosos";
  • July 2005 - Transparent Watercolor Society of America 29th Annual Exhibition - Georgia Newton Award "A Moment";
  • April 2005 - American Watercolor Society 138th Annual International Exhibition - Elsie and David Wu Ject-Key Award for "Every Sunday Morning";
  • May 2004 - Transparent Watercolor Society of America 28th Annual Juried Exhibition - Skyledge Award (Best of Show) for "Winter Sun, Red Bandanna";
  • October 2004 - Watercolor West | 36th Annual Juried Exhibition - Merchandise Award;
  • October 2004 - Published in Splash 8: The Best in Watercolor/Watercolor Discoveries | North Light Books;
  • November 2003 - Watercolor Magazine | An American Artist Publication - Cover and featured article;
  • September 2003 - Northern Trust Bank, Scottsdale, Arizona - One Man Show;
  • October 2003 - National Watercolor Society 83rd Annual Juried Exhibition;
  • September 2003 - Watercolor West XXXV Annual Exhibition - First Prize for "Her Eyes";
  • May 2003 - Western Federation Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition - Honorable Mention;
  • May 2003 - American Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition - Hardie Gramatky Memorial Award for "Domingo Despues de Misa";
  • June 2002 - Midwestern Watercolor Society Annual National Juried Exhibition;
  • April 2002 - Arizona Watercolor Association Spring Juried Exhibition - Award of Excellence;
  • July 2000 - National Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition - Awarded Signature Membership;
  • September 1999 - Shemer Arts Center ï Scottsdale, Arizona - 3 person show;
  • July 1999 - Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona - One man show;
  • October 1998 - Arizona Watercolor Association Fall Juried Exhibition - Award of Excellence;
  • October 1998 - Western Colorado Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition - Hotchkiss Fine Arts Association Award for "John's Prime";
  • May 1998 - Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Juried Exhibition;
  • April 1998 - Glendale Arts Council 35th Annual Juried Exhibition - First Place Watercolor for "Coffee & Sunday Paper";
  • March 1998 - Arizona Watercolor Association Fall Juried Exhibition - Presidents Award "Red Hat, Telluride, Colorado";
  • June 1997 - Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Juried Exhibition;
  • October 1992 - Arizona Watercolor Association Fall Juried Exhibition - Award of Excellence for "John's Prime".