Kosvanec Biography

Jim Kosvanec was born in Lincoln, Rhode Island and raised in Kennebunk, Maine. Art was his passion since a very young age. By ten, he was enrolled in weekend adult classes for figure drawing and oil painting at Rhode Island School of Design, and in later years, attended Butera School of Art, Rochester Institute of Technology and the American Academy of Art.

His early art career was interrupted by the Vietnam war. He volunteered for submarine duty and upon discharge, began a six year stint as a successful commercial photographer. While operating several thriving businesses in Chicago, he found time to build a 37 foot sailboat in southern California. Over a seven year period, he sailed tens of thousands of miles, including a transit of the Panama Canal. It was during the last few years of his sailing he rediscovered his art and launched back into painting with a matured passion, divesting himself of all other business interests.

He recently returned to the United States after residing in the tranquil artist's community of San Miguel de Allende, in central Mexico for thirteen years. His home and studio is in a similarly charming village of Morro Bay in south-central California along the coast, where he has again found an environment that provides the perfect platform for introspection and creativity.

He paints several subjects, but feels impassioned by his figurative work. "Having lived in Mexico, has allowed me to understand and appreciate its ancient traditions and culture. The Mexican and Guatemalan Indian is an endlessly patience individual possessing great dignity. I respect these attributes and strive to capture them in my images." After a recent voyage to China and Tibet, he has found inspiration to paint Asian subjects as well, finding many cultural and visual similarities.

Although Jim paints with oils, pastels and acrylics, his medium of choice is transparent watercolor. A signature member of the National Watercolor Society (NWS), his award-winning paintings are part of many important private and corporate collections in the United States, Mexico, and other countries. He teaches workshops in the U.S., Mexico and Europe stating, "My workshops are humorous, packed with information, non-dictatorial, and personal. I'm teaching because I love to teach! I'm teaching because I have something important to share!"

Jim Kosvanec, NWS Teaching Résumé

Born in Rhode Island and raised in Kennebunk, Maine. Jim has won numerous awards in national watercolor competitions, and is a Signature-Elected Member of the National Watercolor Association and an honorary member of the California Watercolor Association. His home and studio are located in the seaside community of Morro Bay, California. There, he paints, writes and produces video training tapes. In his leisure time, he's an avid cyclist, golf enthusiast and enjoys travel.

American Academy of Art; Chicago, IL
Butera School of Art; Boston, MA
Rhode Island School of Design; Providence, R.I.
Rochester Institute of Technology; Rochester, N.Y.
Author of the book, "Transparent Watercolor Wheel," published by Watson-Guptill
American Artist magazine, "Mixing Grayed Color."
American Artist magazine, "The Kosvanec Transparent Watercolor Wheel."
Daniel Smith Catalogs: several articles
Arizona Watercolor Society, Phoenix, AZ
Art In The Aspens, Aspen, CO
Bloomington Arts Center, Bloomington, MN
California Watercolor Association, San Francisco
Central Coast Watercolor Soc, San Luis Obispo, CA
Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Dancing Colors Art Workshops, San Diego, CA
Dillman's Art Center, Lac du Flambeau, WI
East End Art League, San Juan, P.R.
Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI
Flying Colors Art Workshops, Acapulco, Mex
Flying Colors International, Italy, Greece & Prague
Hilton Head Art League, Hilton Head, SC
Hillcrest Art Center, Cambria, CA
Holland Area Arts Council, Holland, MI
Hudson River Valley Workshops, Greenville, NY
Idaho Watercolor Society, Boise, IA
Jade Fon Art Workshops, Monterey Peninsula, CA
Maine Coast Art Workshops, Port Clyde, ME
Memphis/Germantown Art League, Memphis, TN
Miami Watercolor Society, Miami, FL
Mountain Majesty Workshops, High Rolls, NM
New Mexico Watercolor Society, Albuquerque, NM
Palettes Plus, Coupeville, WA
Quinlan Art Center, Gainesville, GA
Red Lodge Art Center, Red Lodge, MT
San Antonio Watercolor Group, TX
San Diego Watercolor Society, San Diego, CA
Society of Watercolor Artists, Fort Worth, TX
Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, Tucson, AZ
Southwestern Watercolor Society, Dallas, TX
St. Louis Artist's Guild at Oak Knoll, MO
Utah Watercolor Society at Salt Lake City, UT
Watercolor Art Society of Houston, Houston, TX
West Tennessee Art Center, Humbolt, TN
West Virginia Watercolor Society, WV
Watercolor Art Society of Houston
Central Coast Watercolor Society
Memphis/Germantown Art League
Jacksonville Watercolor Society
New Mexico Watercolor Society
Idaho Watercolor Society
San Antonio Watercolor Group
Western Federation Annual Exhibition Tucson
California Watercolor Association
Miami Watercolor Society
Southern Arizona WC Guild Tucson