Hawai`i Watercolor Society


The Hawai`i Watercolor Society was founded in 1962 by Hawai`i Artist Hon Chew Hee. Our aim as an organization is to nurture and stimulate interest in water media through education, exhibits, and collaboration with other organizations, associations and individuals.

The Hawai`i Watercolor Society sponsors two juried exhibits every year as well as a biennial curated show highlighting the work of our signature members. In addition, we host periodic sales, themed shows and community events.

In conjunction with our exhibits we offer two week long workshops each year featuring nationally recognized teaching artists. On an intermittent basis we sponsor shorter duration workshops on a variety of art-related topics.


David began his art training at the University of Illinois in Urbana, where he studied architecture, painting, and printmaking, and first became enamored with watercolors. He has been a watercolorist for over thirty years and has had numerous solo exhibitions. Over three thousand of his paintings can be found in public and private collections both in the USA and abroad. David has been awarded Signature Membership in the Hawaii Watercolor Society.

In 2011 he teamed with author John Bear to publish a hardbound book titled 'Mendocino', which features over 70 color reproductions of his paintings of the coastal California village where he lived for six years. The book can be purchased online from Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino.

He lived on the windward coast of Oahu for several years where he enjoyed kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming, as well as painting. He now has his studio in Peoria Illinois, where he paints full time while anticipating his next trip to Hawaii with his wife Renée.