Ken Austin, NWS, has lived in Orlando, FL for over 25 years. Before moving to Orlando, Ken was president of the Watercolor Art Society - Houston, TX, and served on the Board of Directors there for over six years. Over the past 15 years, Ken has taught lessons and presented demos, lectures and workshops privately and also taught classes for Seminole Community College for two years. He is currently teaching at the Crealdé School of the Arts in Winter Park, FL. In 1996 Ken founded the Central Florida Watercolor Society, which has grown to a membership of around 200. He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the Florida Watercolor Society, a member of the Florida Artists Group (FLAG) and his workshops are in demand from Florida to West Virginia to Michigan to Texas.
Ken’s main interest in watercolor is in the exploration of color, pattern and expressive painting. Equally at home with representational or abstract painting, traditional or more experimental techniques, Ken’s work has lately focused on two bodies of work: a series of paintings of monumental forms of women in domestic settings, a group of abstracted, color-intensive still lifes, and various subject specific series ("Rubik's Food", "Dark Flower Planet", "Prior Restraint", and "Geomancy"). He has also produced giclee prints of various works as framable prints, small and full-size, as well as greeting cards in sets of 10.
Ken was, for ten years, a gallery artist with the Albertson-Peterson Gallery of Winter Park, FL, and for five years was represented by galleries in Clearwater, Jacksonville, and Orlando, Florida, where he was a resident studio artist. His teaching experience is broad, including stints with the University of Houston, Texas Southern University, Seminole Community College, and currently, with Crealdé School of Art in Winter Park, Florida. He is in demand as a workshop instructor all over the country. Ken's work is currently handled by Arts For All Spaces, (Brad Biggs, 407.450.2255) a company specializing in showing and selling works by Orlando artists.
With a background as an architect and city planner, Ken continues to explore art and produce paintings which are included in national juried competitions, have won praise and prizes from nationally known artists and jurors and are in many private and corporate collections from California to Massachusetts.
Ken still lives in Orlando, where he practices grandfathering, banjo picking, and making art every chance he gets.