Imagining Bhakti @ OMA

Imagining Bhakti Watercolor 

On View at Southern California Inspirations, 

Past and Present Exhibition

Imagining Bhakti, Watercolor, 27x20 Stephanie Goldman 

Since 1850, California has been home to a large number of extremely talented and versatile watercolor artists. The National Watercolor Society (NWS), originally named the California Watercolor Society (CWS), was founded in 1920 by a small group of like-minded artists, many of whom were students at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. Tired of being rejected by the American Watercolor Society for being too colorful and for leaving too much white paper, the group rebelled against the establishment and began exhibiting what became known as the California Style of watercolor painting.

This new representational art documented scenes and activities of everyday life on the Pacific Coast, from California’s cities and industrial sites, to its beaches and harbors, and its vast, open landscapes. This approach to watercolor painting generated a great deal of attention from the New York art market to the Walt Disney Studios where artists worked on classic films like Fantasia, Snow White, and Pinocchio.

Today, although the membership of NWS has expanded to include artists throughout the entire USA and abroad, its roots are still firmly planted here in Southern California with its own gallery in San Pedro. This exhibition highlights the works of 21 California masters who were involved with the early CWS, plus 58 selected paintings by current NWS members. Like their predecessors, each of the artists explores aspects of Southern California’s distinctive cities, rural cultures, unique lifestyles, or natural beauty from their singular interpretative points of view.

Curator Ken Goldman, with inspiration from Gordon T. McClelland and Jay T. Last

SDVoyager: Meet Stephanie Goldman

Meet Stephanie Goldman

Meet stephaniegoldmanfineart
Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Goldman.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?

Walking on fire to get over the fear of being a professional artist at a Tony Robbins Seminar in the eighties is how my unique story started. After putting myself through Court Reporting School, Massage School and getting a Masters in Psychology, avoiding the passion in my heart was no longer an option. The Fire Walk experience changed the direction of my life and catapulted me into being an artist full time.
I started private art instruction with Ken Goldman, took myself on the Grand Tour in Europe for a couple of years and continued art tutelage with noted artists Wolf Kahn, Nelson Shanks and other professionals I respect and admire. My love of creative pursuits indulged and encouraged from my earliest memories has been an intense focus and driving force.

Please tell us about your art.

My artwork is comprised of the colorful, magical and scientific intertwined with spiritual and historical story telling. Contemporary, experimental techniques tamed by classical realist skills are the backbone of each piece. My hope is that my art will open a door in the viewer that brings about an unforgettable visual moment; that the image will live in the viewer’s mind’s eye for eternity. The meaning I have endeavored to incorporate into the image is sensed by the viewer and expanded upon with their own subjectivity.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?

Distractions. Artist need time to focus, observe, practice their skills, think, discover, be curious and play. Distractions of every kind are the artist’s worst enemy. Rather than give advice, I would suggest artists say YES to the opportunities that come their way and let their love of art and beauty guide their decision making.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?

The pieces I am showing in this interview are from my Heat Signature series created with watercolor. They are meant to create other ways we can see and relate to another with the perception of heat. My work can be seen by private appointment at my studio, at my website goldmanfineart.comat or signup for an art class at the Athenaeum Art School in La Jolla. They can also see the Healing Art my artist husband Ken and I have created at various hospitals in the area (i.e. Rady Children’s) and abroad. People can support my work by sharing it with others, purchasing a piece or ordering a private commission.
Contact Info:

Stephanie Goldman-Juror&Demonstrator

2018 San Diego Watercolor Society
In Spring of March 2018, I had the pleasure of jurying the members exhibition for the San Diego Watercolor Society. The members that exhibit their work are some of the best watermedia artists in San Diego County. The decision of which pieces to include from so many entries is a difficult one. It takes hours to choose a show with such wide ranging talent. I hope that those who see the show are as delighted with the work they see as I was. Congratulations to all even to those who entered and were not selected this time. Opening Reception, March 2nd, 5:00-8:00 pm.

Stephanie Goldman-Juror-SDWS Universal Notes

Jury Day-SDWS Universal Notes 2018

Poster for Universal Notes Exhibition at SDWS

SDWS - Fine Art Fusion - Juror
2014 San Diego Diversity Cross Cultural Show
Jurying the Fine Art Fusion Show at SDWS.

SDWS - Fine Art Fusion - Juror
2014 San Diego Diversity Cross Cultural Show
In Spring of May, 2014 I had the distinct pleasure of jurying the Diversity Cross Cultural Exhibition at the San Diego Watercolor Society. This watercolor organization is one of the best run volunteer organizations I have had the pleasure of working with. Their volunteers could give workshops on the exuberance and rewards of volunteerism, especially when it is in the service of your passions.


Fallbrook Art Association-
2013 Spring Open Juried Show

Fallbrook 2013 Open Juried Show

Artists and the local art community rarely, if ever, get to see the breadth of artistic endeavors entered into an exhibition. Since the Fallbrook Art Center had the space to hang every piece, I jumped at the opportunity to include all of the artwork submitted. This is a chance for artists, aspiring “ wanna be’s”, teachers, admirers and connoisseurs at every level, to learn, grow, see, and appreciate the talent, creativity, challenges and successes, of fellow artists along the path of artistic development and maturation. 
When giving awards, I was looking for work where I felt that the artist most completely expressed their passion, idea, or intention. My personal taste in art is very eclectic and the pieces I chose reflect this, with their variety of styles, media and artistic expression. The process of jurying an art show is a completely subjective one, especially when the juror is given visual and contextual freedom. With that in mind, every person viewing this show can pick and choose from all the work exhibited, their own favorites and winners.
A quick note to artists regarding framing for a juried/ gallery show: unless otherwise specified in the prospectus, it is best to use simple, uncomplicated, contemporary framing for a presentation, that lets your ART shine. Choose a frame that will look good alongside other art works and leave the “home”, or “baroque” style framing for personal spaces.
I would like to thank all of the helpers and staff of the Fallbrook Art Association for the wonderful experience to jury and meet their art community.
Jurist Stephanie Goldman 
Pictured above some of the exhibition award winners at the reception and 

President of FAA, Annie Youngblood with Stephanie Goldman.

Coal Art Gallery-JUROR & DEMONSTRATION-Carlsbad
Stephanie Goldman, Demonstrator - April 2011


The Coal Art Gallery in Carlsbad, California invited me to Jury their monthly art show and give a painting demonstration at the Calavera Hills Community Center for their members. The gallery is located in a very beautiful and friendly part of Carlsbad not far from the beach and promenade. They have a lot of talented artists and the gallery is phenomenally well organized and staffed. Their artists turn out a very warm reception and ask many good and in-depth questions. It was a pleasure to meet them and a real honor to be invited as Juror and Demonstrator for the month of April. Thank you Karen Crowell for the invitation and beautiful lunch.


Ken Goldman and Stephanie Goldman

With Anthropological graphics (from the Vancouver Museum of Anthropology)
these five watermedia designs were scanned at high resolution and enlarged as vinyl wallpaper.

WELCOME  9ft. x 30 ft.

 FAMILY  9ft. x 15 ft.

Jane Howard

STRENGTH  9ft. x 15 ft.

 PLAY  9ft. x 18 ft.

PLACE  9ft. x 12 ft.


Self-Portrait with Two Circles

Stephanie Goldman
Self-Portrait with Two Circles_Gouache_25x12"
In my heat signature painting Self-Portrait with Two Circles I have drastically diminished the depth of field to bring the viewer into the intimate space of the artist. Using my hair as the electric source of creative energy and my gaze directed right at the onlooker. My color palette combines our modern age and the age of Giotto when feeling an individual personality is more important than physical representation.

My inspiration for this piece is the painting Self-Portrait with Two Circles by Rembrandt Van Rin.

As well as, the emotional color work of the Great Florentine painter Giotto di Bondone.

The Librarian

The Librarian  Oil on Canvas  54x48"
 I painted The Librarian as an homage to today's liberated woman. She is free from eyes that demand demure chastity and is undeterred by modern society's image of a perfect body. She sits comfortably on a stool, enshrined in a pink diaphanous light emphasizing her sensual nature that exudes femininity. Gazing upwards toward the light she is connected to eternal strength and confidence to endure the harsh realities of life.

My inspiration for The Librarian is the centuries old Venus of Willendorf

and Ingres "Valpincon Bather",

The Value of VALUES

The Value of VALUES
When color just isn't getting your work across the finish line. This compendium of black and white drawings in various media reveals the truth of the age old saying "Value does all the work, while color gets all the credit."
New digital book by Stephanie Goldman
The Value of VALUES digital download or book purchase.

The Artist

I met him at the National Watercolor Society gallery and he was only ten and already making decisions for his chosen lifes path. The young man had the sobriety of focus that Rainer Maria Rilke writes about in his book "Letters to a Young Poet." I painted this portrait of him with a backdrop of magic mushrooms. The symbol since paleolithic cave art of personal creativity and transcendence as The Artist. 

The Artist, received the Jain Malkin Award in the San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition 2016. Thank you to Juror Mark E. Mehaffey for including my painting with so many other excellent water media paintings. 

 Works of art are of an infinite solitude, and no means of approach is so useless as criticism. Only love can touch and hold them and be fair to them. Always trust yourself and your own feeling, as opposed to argumentation, discussions, or introductions of that sort; if it turns out that you are wrong, then the natural growth of your inner life will eventually guide you to other insights. Allow your judgments their own silent, undisturbed development, which, like all progress, must come from deep within and cannot be forced or hastened. Everything is gestation and then birthing. To let each impression and each embryo of a feeling come to completion, entirely in itself, in the dark, in the unsayable, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one's own understanding, and with deep humility and patience to wait for the hour when a new clarity is born: this alone is what it means to live as an artist: in understanding as in creating.

Urban Hermit

Urban Hermit, Oil On Canvas, 54x36"122x76cm

The Urban Hermit, watching and waiting in the personal sollitude of a noisy, modern city . He reminds me of Number IX in the Tarot Deck, and Led Zeppelin's song Stairway to Heaven. Is the Urban Hermit still a seeker, aspiring to the light of truth and wisdom or has he been distracted from his journey?

There's a lady who's sure
All that glitters is gold
And she's buying a stairway to heaven
When she gets there she knows
If the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for
Ooh ooh ooh ooh and she's buying a stairway to heaven
There's a sign on the wall
But she wants to be sure
'Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings
In a tree by the brook
There's a songbird who sings
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiving
Ooh, it makes me wonder
Ooh, it makes me wonder
There's a feeling I get
When I look to the west
And my spirit is crying for leaving
In my thoughts I have seen
Rings of smoke through the trees
And the voices of those who standing looking
Ooh, it makes me wonder
Ooh, it really makes me wonder
And it's whispered that soon, If we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason
And a new day will dawn
For those who stand long
And the forests will echo with laughter
If there's a bustle in your hedgerow
Don't be alarmed now
It's just a spring clean for the May queen
Yes, there are two paths you can go by
But in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on
And it makes me wonder
Your head is humming and it won't go
In case you don't know
The piper's calling you to join him
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow
And did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind
And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll
And she's buying the stairway to heaven

Urban Hermit-Babushka

Eve-sHe, oil on canvas, Stephanie GoldmanUrban Hermit-Babushka, Oil on Canvas, 48x30"

There she stood in the crucible of the vegetable market,
fire eyed and proud, saying I AM alive. Immediately, the following poem came into my mind and she was/is immortal.

Do not go gentle into that good night
Dylan Thomas, 1914 - 1953

Do not go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise Wmen at their end know dark is right,

Because their words had forked no lightning they

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good Wmen, the last wave by, crying how bright

Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild Wmen who caught and sang the sun in flight,

And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave Wmen, near death, who see with blinding sight

Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my Mfather, there on the sad height,

Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.


Ken & Stephanie's  
NWS Board Report From China

Ken Goldman, NWS President and Stephanie Goldman, NWS Recording Secretary went to Shenzhen China to attend the opening Ceremony of our NWS International China/American Small Image Exchange and the Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial.

We did not plan to stay longer than 10 days, but everything changed when the president of FEDERATED WATERCOLOR SOCIETIES OF CHINA published an interview with Ken throughout China, showing images from his earlier Chinese Brush Painting period (1980 - 1983 - blog post), plus several images of his current work in a Chinese Watercolor Magazine.
Because of this publicity, six Universities invited Ken to lecture, demonstrate and dialogue with all expensed covered for both of us.

So, on December 3, we flew into Shenzhen and on December 5 attended the opening Ceremony of our NWS International China/American Small Image Exchange and the Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial.

DECEMBER 3, 2015  - JANUARY 5, 2016

December 3 - 8

Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial
NWS Small Image Exchange Exhibition:

Ken Gave two opening speeches

December 8 - 11
Artists invited to sketch in Shantou City 
and to all paint on a 30 meter scroll

Ken and Stephanie’s section of scroll 

December 11
We met our new host from the Federated Watercolor Societies of China 
and continued our journey to Fujian province to lecture in Xiamen City.
The Jimei University’s Art Department in 
Xiamen is the entire high-rise on the left

December 12

We attended an art exhibition of University instructors (which included 40 of Ken’s watercolors) and met with leaders of Jimei University and the Fujian Art Society.
Always big Welcome Banners

Ken delivered one of two lectures he’d prepared entitled 

We toured the Clouds Art High School

December 13 and 14

Then we traveled to nearby Quanzhou City where Ken gave his second 
lecture on WATERCOLOR AND WATER-MEDIA: THEN AND NOW (the entire history of Watercolor) at the Guanzhou Normal University, 
and was interviewed by a local television station.

December 15-17

Then it was on to Hubei province in Wuhan City 
where Ken was asked to give both lectures at the Hubei Institute of Fine Art and we were invited to dialogue with artists of the Hubei Watercolour Institute.

 Approximately 300 Students and instructors

December 18-23 


Extracurricular activities

Stephanie and I visited Tsingua University in Beijing where we dialogued with teachers and artists for two days. Here, Ken was included in his third exhibition with instructors.

A Professionally framed pop-up exhibition of Ken’s small works.

Then, at  the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Ken delivered both lectures and gave a painting demonstration.

Always given really warm welcomes

Ken asked to demonstrate Chinese Brush Painting skills from 35 years ago in front of instructors!

 A Special visit with 
Master Guan Weixing 
our NWS 2005 award winner

BEIJING - Beihai Park: Lovely Mandarin ducks 
(prettier in lake than on the lunch table)  

The home of Mandarin ducks 
with a beautiful smoggy sunset

December 23 - 26 

On to Qingdao:

The University’s setting and 
architecture is very beautiful 

At 3 pm after meeting other art instructors and 
having lunch, Ken delivered both lectures at the 
Qingdao University Library Report Hall.

Xi’an December 26-29
We traveled to Xian to see the incredible sights, sounds and eats of the Silk Road. 

Seeing the Terra-cotta Warriors

A beautiful, intense hike up famous Hua Mountain (way above the smog)

December 30 
We flew to Dunhuang sand dunes to see the Crescent Oasis Buddhist Temple. 

Crescent Spring Buddhist Temple nestled 
in Sand Dunes along the Silk Road

Yardang National Geo-park
Unique rock formations developing over a period of 700,000 years.

Then on the 31st drove to the Mokao 
Grottos where we saw the amazing Buddha caves.  

January 1 
We flew into Shanghai.

January 2 
Shanghai Historical Museum and walked along the riverfront. 

January 3 
We explored the historical markets of Shanghai and had exotic tea.

January 4
We visited Faculty and Directors at Shanghai Normal University

Ken gave his last lecture at Shanghai Normal University.

January 5 
Home sweet Home to America xxoxox!!!!!!!

Wonderful new friends!!!!!!

We would like to thank all of those involved in making this an adventure of a life time. We look forward to seeing our new friends here in America and again in China. ken&steph