At the heart of World Watercolor Month is the goal to raise money for the International Child Art Foundation and support arts education and our future artists. In 2018, we started a new tradition inspired by my friend Angela Fehr, who generously donated a portion of her classes during the first two years, that we’ve called Artist Ambassadors.

For World Watercolor Month, these generous artists have donated their beautiful art for limited edition souvenir products where all proceeds go to ICAF and many have pledged to donate a portion of each purchased class, painting, and/or other products on their site to ICAF during the month of July! Click the links below to visit and support these wonderful, generous artists!

2024 Artist Ambassadors


Alice Hendon is a best selling author and illustrator, an artangleologist and color artist, as well as a Certified Zentangle Teacher. She loves color - bright, happy, in your face color. And dragons. Leave no art supply unused is her motto.   


Andrea England is a watercolour artist who lives and paints aboard a sailboat studio. Andrea draws inspiration from the windswept beaches, tidal passes and sea-sculpted coasts of Vancouver Island. Her paintings feature translucent colours that showcase the movement of wind and waves, transporting viewers to the ever-changing landscapes of the region. With a keen eye for detail and a deep connection to the sea, Andrea’s work captures the essence of the Pacific Northwest and invites viewers to join her on a journey of exploration and wonder.


From her home in northern British Columbia, Canada, through her video lessons on her website and YouTube, Angela Fehr has created a community of watercolor lovers that spans the globe. She wants every painter to know the freedom of fearless self expression and she has made it her mission to share this empowering message through lessons in watercolour technique and loose intuitive painting. More than anything she demonstrates that the most important thing you bring to your art is you.


Birgit O’Connor CWA-M, LWS-M, NWWS is an award winning master watercolor artist, best selling author and sought after instructor. Her work has been included in collections throughout the world, and has been published in over 60 national and international artist publications, including Australian Artist, International Artist Magazine, Watercolor Artist, American Artist, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times. She offers a wide variety of online watercolor paintings courses in both interactive with live meetings and non-interactive options.


Danny Gregory is the author of a dozen best-selling books on art and creativity and the founder of Sketchbook Skool, an online art school. He started drawing in his late 30s and watercoloring in his late 40s. He has helped tens of thousands of artists come back to their creativity through his books, courses, workshops, and Spark, his membership community.


Denise Soden has been captivated by both animals and art since before she can remember. She began drawing as soon as she could hold a crayon and spent much of her early professional life as a zoo educator. In 2015, she began exploring with watercolors and have been smitten with them ever since. She is now a full time watercolor artist and educational content creator. Her passion for wildlife and excitement for watercolor pigments have led me to teaching tens of thousands of students across YouTube, Skillshare, and in person.


Diane believes that it is never too late to start in art, and since retiring from teaching science a few years ago she has been painting her easy, modern whimsical watercolors full time and sharing the excitement she feels when creating a work of art via the tutorials on her YouTube channel. Born in London, she now lives with her family and many animals in a remote corner of France which inspires her deep connection with the natural world. 


Hannah Pickerill is a fine artist who grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Her paintings are mainly landscape based, and inspired by the beautiful places she has seen or places she hopes to travel to one day. Hannah is a multidisciplinary artist and switches between watercolor, gouache, and oil paints interchangeably for different projects. She also loves to create art tutorials and art videos on social media, and finds inspiring others very fulfilling! 


Irina Trzaskos is a Moldavian artist, teacher and illustrator based in Coventry, Connecticut, US. She has illustrated whimsical children books series called "Tales From a Magical Forest", taught over 75k students watercolor techniques via her online classes on the education platform Skillshare and through live workshops. Irina created a variety of artwork for companies worldwide. She is passionate about nature, travels and crafts, and always ready to try new paths in her creative career.


Jean Lurssen likes to paint atmospheric watercolors, seldom using the local color of the landscape. She continually tries to stretch the boundaries of watercolor - experimenting with different ways to create textures. Her paintings are influenced by the shapes in nature and the beautiful surroundings of Northern California and by her previous experiences living in England, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. She teaches in-depth watercolor classes online as well as short YouTube demonstrations. "The luminosity of watercolors is what fascinates and draws me to this medium."


Lindsay Weirich has been teaching art for over two decades. She has reached thousands of students of all ages through her classes and workshops. Lindsay operates the popular blog and YouTube channel The Frugal Crafter with over half a million subscribers where she publishes new paintings, cardmaking a craft tutorials each week. Her designs have been published in legions of art and craft publications including The Decorative Painter. She has also illustrated two children's books, Rainbow Pants, and Sea Glass and the Lighthouse by Kelly Brooks Bay. Weirich lives in Maine with her husband and three children where she creates something new every day.


An artist, educator and international author of the book “Vibrant Watercolor Birds”, Madhu is known for her vibrant florals and Animals. Having taught over 9500+ Students worldwide, her signature course Watercolor Florals for beginner artist  is very popular. 


Michele left a 25 year career in science in 2017 to concentrate full time on painting. She mainly paints in watercolor and loves the way the freshness and unpredictability create images full of color and light. She paints a variety of subjects with a focus on birds, landscape, and cityscapes.


Rebecca Rhodes is a watercolor artist and teacher in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.Her goal is to empower, encourage, and equip - to help you learn to paint detailed, realistic subjects in watercolor so you can use these techniques to develop your own unique style! Before becoming a full-time artist, she enjoyed a 27-year career as a public school Music Educator. In 2015, she retired from teaching to focus on painting and founded the watercolor school in 2017. "I love to teach and hope that you find these courses enjoyable and helpful."


Ron Stocke is an award-winning watercolor artist and a regular contributor to, and has been a cover artist for Watercolor Artist Magazine as well as other publications. Teaching comprehensive workshops throughout North America and Europe, he also conducts demonstrations and lectures on various art materials and creating a safe, environmentally friendly studio. Ron holds Signature Membership with the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Northwest Watercolor Society, is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, and a member of the American Impressionist Society.


Ruth is an accomplished artist and calligrapher whose artwork adorns homes and offices around the globe. She has a degree in fine art and over 30 years experience as a professional artist and art instructor, teaching from her home in Santa Cruz, California. She's an artistic soul whose artwork is recognized for weaving together her two passions - painting and beautiful script. She thrives in sharing her love for beauty and in helping artists of all abilities develop new skills and confidence.


Sandra Strait is a self-taught artist, who dances about with watercolor and gouache and whatever else catches her fancy. The subjects and styles of her work are many and change at whim. She posts reviews and tutorials on Doodlewash®. “I’m a little bit crazy, but doesn’t that come with being an artist?”


Sandy Allnock is an artist and instructor who’s been on her art journey since childhood - from drawing on the walls to studying in art school, working as a designer and illustrator for many decades, then going out on her own to teach art. She’s never been so happy as when she sees someone else find the medium they love and take flight! Sandy can be found with her easel, pens, and paints in her studio, or around Washington State - sketching and painting the evergreen beauty around her.


Tony White is a Watercolour Artist from Newcastle, Australia, however, is now residing in Hobart. He has established a great following with collectors and students alike. His work has been sold as far afield as Germany and the U.K. His social media following is gaining momentum and with over 10,000 Facebook followers, he is hitting his stride around the world. He is fast becoming a much sought-after tutor, having held many successful workshops for Art Societies all around the country and the Famous Bathurst School of Arts, as well as Brisbane Painting Classes. He is a regular contributor to Australian Artist Magazine. His style is traditional impressionistic landscape with a strong emphasis on light and atmosphere.


Tugce Audoire was born in Ordu in northern Turkey. Throughout her life, she has always been fascinated by nature and how the perspective and point of view can diversify reality. Naturally, she was drawn to art, especially painting. After studying art throughout her secondary and college education, Tugce won the prize for best animated film at the Golden Boll Film Festival with her graduation film Upside Down. While working as an animator, she discovered her love for watercolor, having exhibitions of her work in Turkey, the Czech Republic, and France. She shares her inspirations and knowledge about art on her YouTube channel.


An immigrant from Moldova, Volta Voloshin-Smith celebrates food with art and animation. Volta is the author of Watercolor Snacks, an instructional book on how to paint various foods with watercolors. She hosts watercolor workshops and does brand activations for corporate clients like Dallas Mavericks, Home Depot, Michaels Stores, Buzzfeed, American Airlines and others. 
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