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.


Born in Port Washington, WI, island artist Patrice A. Federspiel, received a BS in Art Education at the University of Wisconsin/Madison, but didn’t begin her teaching career until after she’d moved to Honolulu in 2000. Instead her career took twists and turns culminating as a senior graphic services manager for a library supply firm.  It was during her years creating catalog content and directing a team of designers to do the same, that she began to find her way back to her love of painting.

For years she got up before dawn to begin her day creatively, from the inside out. She knew that if she waited until the end of the day her energy would be spent. Every day she painted or sculpted before going to work, she wondered aloud how she could manage to do this full time.

It was during her first visit to Honolulu in January 2000 that a plan began to take shape. While visiting a friend in Grad School she was given the opportunity to housesit while her friend did grant work on the mainland. Within five months she had quit her job, sold her house, and moved to Honolulu to paint full time.

But wait! She was an oil painter living in small quarters; the paint fumes alone could kill her. So she took classes in watercolor and found the medium that had previously scared her now welcomed her. It mirrored her feelings of movement, growth, and change, and offered a bright, promising perspective.

Patrice joined several art groups, finding a permanent home with the Hawai`i Watercolor Society. She has shown her paintings in numerous exhibits, often winning awards. Today her work can be found in many galleries on O`ahu and online at www.artofaloha.com. She currently teaches watercolor classes privately and through the Honolulu Museum of Art.