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.


Diane Tunnell  dtunnellhi@gmail.com


Diane Tunnell is a watercolor artist residing in Holualoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. She pursued art at the Colorado State University, received a B.A. in Art and Anthropology at the University of Colorado, and an Associate Degree in Advertising Design at the Art Institute of Colorado. While in college, Diane studied art in the Tuscany Hills near Florence, Italy, and has traveled through Europe, Mexico and India enjoying the culture, art and architecture.

Diane focuses on watercolor for its brilliant vibrancy of color, subtle effects of light and transparency, and the ability to render linear details contrasted with spontaneously flowing areas that dance in the paintings. Her work is notable for its bold color, composition and design. As an artist, Diane is guided by her inner spiritual life, and inspired by the outward manifestation of God's beauty in Hawaii.

In the past, Diane has worked in various art forms including graphics, monoprints, oils, sculpture and stained glass design. She has taught art to children and adults, and is presently working on writing and illustrating a childrens' book.

As a member of the Hawaii Watercolor Society, she entered two juried exhibitions, in which four watercolors were accepted in the HWS Open and Members Exhibitions in 2010 and 2011. Diane's art is represented in galleries including the Pacific Islands Gallery in Holualoa and the Third Dimension Gallery in the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in the Kohala Coast.