Splash! of Watercolor Art Show
February 17-18, 2024

Azan Shrine Temple
1591 W Eau Gallie Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32935

2024 Judges

Susan Hanssen

Susan Hanssen has been an award-winning painter for several years and she is well known in south Florida for her unique and exciting work. As a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society, and the Florida Watercolor Society, Susan has twice won medals at prestigious American Watercolor Exhibitions in New York.

Susan is primarily a figurative painter: using the figure as a conduit, she develops a narrative that is both a literal story and a metaphor. The resulting images are highly accomplished, haunting and full of whimsy. Most recently, Susan has transitioned from paper to large canvas, strengthening further the impact of her work. More often, she creates a series of paintings centered around a particular theme that simultaneously illustrates and examines the power and dynamic of her art, such as in her solo show at the Coral Springs Museum of Art that celebrated her Sheep series whilst endorsing her considerable achievements in Fort Lauderdale.

Susan has taught numerous, highly successful workshops across Florida and New Mexico. Following her recent move to Florida’s Palm Coast, she is now expanding the range and scope of her work.

Susan’s work can be viewed on her website at www.susanhanssen.com or on Instagram (@susanfrosthanssen).

Robin Lee Makowski

Chicago native, Robin Lee Makowski, focuses on nature for her subjects in her award-winning work, but is inspired by anything “with the right light and lots of color.” Working exclusively from her own original concepts, she captures nuance and personality in all of her work. The viewer realizes that the subject is something the artist knows well and loves, by the handling of the media, the composition, detail, and the play of light and color in the image. Robin’s subjects range from her first love, fauna, to the collection of native plants in her own garden, to her creative still life set-ups, to figure studies and portraiture. Her current series, Happy Hour, is a “spirited celebration of our cocktail culture.”

Illustration and writing have been means of creative expression for this artist, as well. Not only has Robin illustrated more than thirty published children’s books, but she also authored half of them. Her illustrations have appeared in publications such as National Geographic Magazine, The Cousteau Society’s Dolphin Log, Surfer, and New Yorker Magazines. She has worked as the illustrator for the Wild Dolphin Project in Jupiter, Florida, and has original artwork on permanent display in San Pedro, CA, at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s whale exhibit. Robin was a volunteer at the Aquarium for sixteen years before moving to Florida, working with the Whale Watch program there in conjunction with the LA School System, and even teaching the Whale Watch class at UCLA for twelve years. Robin holds signature status with the National Watercolor Society (NWS), Florida Watercolor Society (FWS), the New Mexico Watercolor Society (NMWS), and the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies (WFWS).

Robin has taught workshops on drawing, colored pencil, and her specialty: watercolor – most recently, watercolor on Aquabord. She has lectured on artists’ issues such as marketing, framing, and Giclée printing, sharing her vast experience and knowledge with many artists. Robin had the position of artist-in-residence at Blue Water Editions at Southeastern Printing in Stuart, FL for nine years, until she moved to New Mexico in 2008 with her husband & artist, Marcos Lee. They returned to Florida in 2012 when Robin accepted the job of Art Studio & Exhibits Coordinator at the newly rebuilt Elliott Museum in Stuart, FL where she worked for seven years before retiring and relocating to north-central Florida.

Robin has received many honors for her artistic merit. Her work has been featured on the annual posters for several prominent art festivals, and she has received numerous awards in juried shows and art festivals. Her work can be seen in Florida at Lost Art Gallery in St. Augustine where she is represented, and in juried and gallery shows.