Russell Jewell



Russell Jewell is a nationally recognized plein air painter, published in multiple books and magazines such as: North Light’s Splash Series, The Best in Watercolor, Sketchbook Confidential II, and The Artist Magazine. He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and The Transparent Watercolor Society of America. Some of Russell Jewell’s educational recognitions include: Doctorate in Art Education from the University of Georgia, Fulbright Memorial Scholar to Japan, and a United States Patent for his Jewell-Box Viewfinder. Jewell’s work has been purchased through four separate museum purchase awards. In 2013 Jewell was awarded the $5000.00 Grand Prize with Easels in Frederick Plein Air competition. In 2014 he won the $2500.00 Grand Prize for Plein Air Piedmont, and in 2015 he won People’s Choice and Best Quick Draw for Paint Annapolis Plein Air. In 2016 Jewell won the $1000.00 John Singer Sargent Award with the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.  In 2017 Jewell won the Tilghman Island Artist’s Choice Award with Plein Air Easton.


2018  Invited Artist for Atlanta’s Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, 30 Artists $30,000 purse.

2017 Artists Choice Award, $1000 Tilghman Island Paint Out:  Plein Air Easton, Md.

2016 First Place $500 Mountain Maryland Plein Air Quick Draw

2016 John Singer Sargent Award $1000 Transparent Watercolor Society

2015 First Place $1000 Paint Annapolis Plein Air First Place Quick Draw

2015 Exhibited American Watercolor Society New York

2014 Best of Show and Artist’s Choice Award $3,500 Piedmont Plein Air Highpoint NC

2013 Best of Show and Collector’s Choice Award $6000 Easels in Fredericks Plein Air, Md


Signature Membership: National Watercolor, Transparent Watercolor Society

Doctorate of Art Education, University of Georgia

U.S. Patent: Jewell Box Plein Air Viewfinder



Russell Jewell uses an innovative varnish to finish his watercolor paintings.  This Gloss Archival MSA Varnish by ‘Golden’ shields the painting from UV light and protects against light-related fading, as well as protecting it from dirt and water.  The varnish is applied in six layers and has been tested within a Lightfast 1 category when exposed to the equivalent of about 99 years of museum lighting.  Using this varnish allows the watercolor artist to widen the display choices beyond traditional framing behind glass.