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.


Jackie Black, HWS/MTWS  gibblack@aol.com

Jackie’s formal education was from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, where she studied design, painting and illustration as well as all the art disciplines. It was there that she first discovered her love for the spontaneity of watercolor.

Her career as a Honolulu artist began as an Art Director, Graphic Designer & illustrator with Gib Black Advertising Group; a company she and her husband Gib Black began in 1972. Her achievements have been recognized through the years both for her watercolor painting as well as design with numerous awards for her commitment to excellence. Jackie’s paintings have twice received the Bobbie Segler Award for Luminosity in Hawaii Watercolor Society Exhibitions. She also received the Founder’s Award for her painting Kilauea in Montana Watercolor Society’s Watermedia 2008 Open Exhibition.

Jackie has illustrated three hard bound books; The Princess Ka’iulani, by Helen Hoyt & published by Island Heritage. Other book commissions have been Mahealani and the King of Hawai’i, published by the author, Rianna Williams and Beloved Emma, Oueen of Hawai’i, published by the Daughters of Hawai’i.

She now enjoys painting full time from her studio overlooking Kaneohe Bay, both commissioned pieces, as well as exhibiting in shows and galleries in the islands as well as the U.S. Mainland. She has earned her Signature Membership in both the Hawaii Watercolor Society and the Montana Watercolor Society.