Mel Stabin, AWS, NWS is an internationally known teacher, author, and award-winning watercolorist. A graduate of Pratt Institute, Mel studied the art of watercolor with Edgar Whitney. For over 30 years Mel was an art director and creative director for major advertising agencies in New York City.
For over 25 years Mel has conducted watercolor workshops with groups on location throughout the country and abroad, and for numerous art societies.
Mel is a signature member of prestigious national art societies including the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, North East Watercolor Society, New Jersey Watercolor Society, and Georgia Watercolor Society.
His paintings have been the recipient of numerous national awards and have been represented in major exhibitions including the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, National Academy of Design, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor West, Allied Artists of America, Butler Institute of American Art, North East Watercolor Society, and New Jersey Watercolor Society.
Mel has had 17 one-man exhibitions of his watercolors. His paintings are in many private and corporate collections. His work can be viewed in the “Featured Artists” section of the New American Gallery website at http://www.newamgallery.com. Mel was a director for the American Watercolor Society’s 2005 and 2006 exhibitions and was a Juror of Selection for the American Watercolor Society’s 2006 Annual International Exhibition.
Mel received the honor of Master Status from the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and was named one of the “Top Ten Watercolor Masters of Today” by the art website http://www.artmatch4U.com. Mel was invited by the American Watercolor Society to do a demonstration for their “Watercolor Evenings” during their 144th Annual International Exhibition.
Mel has written numerous feature articles for American Artist, The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magic, and Watercolor. He is the author of Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused and The Figure In Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused, published by Watson-Guptill.
Lack of basic drawing skills, primitive and amateurish brushwork, unconfident execution
Better works by contemporaries: Eugen Chisnicean, Tony Couch, Sterling Edwards, Craig Mullins, Jerry Stitt, Alvaro Castagnet.