Stephen Quiller Signature Products

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About Stephen Quiller


Stephen Quiller is an internationally known painter who works primarily in watermedia, monotypes, and intaglio printmaking. He is best known for his innovative approach to watermedia painting: watercolor, gouche, acrylic, casein and their combinations, and for his use of color. He has written five books in the years from 1983 to 1999, all published by Watson-Guptill:

Water Media Techniques

Water Media: Processes and Possibilities

Color Choices

Acrylic Painting Techniques

Painter's Guide to Color

His research and development of a color wheel for painters called the “Quiller Wheel” is now used by thousands of painters throughout the world. In addition, he has developed twelve instructional video tapes produced by Crystal Productions, as well as two tapes produced by the Richeson Company in 2004.

Stephen Quiller has painted in many parts of the world, but is primarily known for his work done at or near his home in the high mountainous country of southern Colorado. These subjects include beaver ponds, snow shadows, water patterns, wild iris, and mountain rhythms, capturing the spirit of the San Juans. Through his painting, he has become a Signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia, and Society for Painters in Acrylic and Casein, among others. In 1997, he received the Greathouse medal and cash award in the 130th American Watercolor Society exhibition.

Stephen's paintings have been on the covers and the subject of articles in many leading art magazines. He has also been an invited juror for a number of regional and national art exhibitions. A popular workshop instructor, he teaches his approach to color, water media, composition, and on-location painting, throughout North America and internationally.

Stephen shows in the Mission Gallery of Taos, New Mexico, and during the summer months he and his wife, Marta, operate their Quiller Gallery in Creede, Colorado.

Walser Greathouse Medal and Cash Award,

130th American Watercolor Society Exhibition

John Wenger Memorial Award,

National Society for Painters in Casein and Acrylic, New York

Governor's Award

Colorado Arts Council, Denver, CO

Merit Award

Rocky Mountain National Water Media, Denver, CO

Two Meritorious Awards and one Purchase Award

Colorado Council of Fine Arts Exhibition, Pueblo, CO

American Watercolor Society,Traveling Exhibition, New York

Who's Who in the West

Who's Who in Colorado

Honor Award, Oregon Watercolor Society


One Man Shows
Berman Art Museum, Collegeville, PA

Bean Art Museum, Alamosa, CO

Berger Sandsen Museum, Lindsburg, KS

Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO

Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO

Montalvo Center for the Arts, Saratoga, CA

Pioneer Museum and Art Center, Woodward, OK

Klamath Art Association, Klamath Falls, OR

Rogue Valley Art Association, Medford, OR

Brass Cheque Gallery, Denver, CO

United Bank of Denver, Denver, CO

Umpqua Art Center, Roseburg, OR

The Quiller Gallery, Creede, CO

The Mission Gallery, Taos, NM


Selected Exhibitions
Rocky Mountain National Water Media

National Society for Painters in Casein and Acrylic

American and Italian Printmaker Traveling Exhibit

Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

Wichita Art Museum

Denver Art Museum

Portland Art Museum

National Academy of Design, New York

National Arts Club, New York

National Watercolor Society

American Watercolor Society

Watercolor U.S.A.

Allied Artists of America


American Artist Magazine, 1975

Co-Author Watercolor Media Techniques, 1982
and Water Media: Processes & Possibilities, 1986, Watson-Guptill Publications

North Light Magazine, Feature Artist, December 1983, Boston
Painting from the Pros, 1984 Watson-Guptill Publications

American Artist Survey, 1985, Krantz Publications, Chicago

Color Choices, 1989, Watson-Guptill Publications

American Artist, October, 1989

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Watercolor, 1992, Watson-Guptill Publications

Southwest Art, Dec, 1993 and Jan, 1996

Acrylic Painting Techniques 1994, Watson-Guptill Publications

Watercolor Magic, 1994 (Summer)

On Air, September, 1995

Watercolor, 1996 (Summer issue)

Kunst, 1996-Argang

Wildlife Art, May/June, 1998

Painter's Guide to Color, 1999 Watson-Guptill Publications

Watercolor Magic, 1999 (Winter)

The Artist's Magazine,February, December, 2000

International Artist, August/September, 2000

Watercolor Magic, November, Winter, 2000

International Artist, April/May, 2001

The Artist's Magazine,June, July, 2002

Watercolor Magic, July, 2002

Watercolor Magic, February, August 2003

The Artist's Magazine,July, 2003

Watercolor, 2003 (Winter issue)

The Artist's Magazine, January, February, March, July 2004

American Art Review, June, 2004

Artist's Sketchbook, October, 2004


Professional Memberships

American Watercolor Society

National Watercolor Society

National Society for Painters in Casein and Acrylic

Rocky Mountain National Water Media

A Word from Stephen Quiller

Dear Artist Friend:

To this day it is hard to believe I get to do this for a way of life. On the day that I took notes to write this newsletter, I found myself part way down a craggy slope, painting Copper Creek Falls, near my home in Creede, Colorado. To get to the site, I traversed boulder fields with my dog, Mickey. Part of the way I carried him, as he was unable to cross over some of the rocks. To my back, across a valley floor filled with trout streams and beaver ponds, was the San Juan Range and Bristol Head Mountain, a peak I have painted so many times. At the time I was filled with gratitude, knowing how blessed we all are. As I listened to the piercing chirp of the marmot, the songs of the high mountain birds, and the babble of the tumbling water, I realized that even with all the craziness in this world today, there is also goodness. We must be flexible and we must listen.

I am thankful for this summer. We have had good winter snows and ample summer rains, and now there is green and a burst of wildflowers. The earth is drinking it in. This autumn I am excited about traveling to Italy. I will do two eight-day workshops in Tuscany and the Venice area, and then with my wife Marta and daughter Allison will extend our trip through December. I hope to get a lot of painting in and have an opening at our gallery and on our Web site ( on the Saturday of Valentine’s Day Weekend. If you have the chance, please take a look and see my new European work at that time.

In 2005 I'll be doing workshops in Phoenix for the Arizona Watercolor Society, Mexico for Artist Workshops Tours Agency, San Francisco for the California Watercolor Association, France with International Artist, England with the Jack Richeson Company, and Seattle with Northwest Watercolor Society, in addition to the three I do in Creede. I look forward on these occasions for meeting new artists, sharing knowledge, and seeing some great places to get a lot of good painting in. I hope you can join me at one of these venues!

There are two new products that we will have this year. First is the 13” X 13” porcelain palette that is designed to be a studio palette. It is very beautiful and is a great artist’s tool. It weighs 7 lbs., can be used for all painting media including oil, does not stain and is easy to clean. It is a bit more expensive to ship but is very much worth it. Also we have two new videos that are produced by the Jack Richeson Company. They were filmed last September. Both of these films were done in or around my studio in the mountains of Colorado. I am most pleased with their quality and feel that they will be great teaching tools. Both are over 2 ½ hours in length and filled with information. As always, we carry the best in watermedia including watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and casein. Last year we introduced the Shiva oil line. We also have Unison pastels that are the top quality, handmade brand. The Richeson Premium Watercolor Paper is a fantastic paper. It is a paper developed for contemporary methods and techniques, and I feel it is the best paper I have ever used. We also have my color wheel, standard and travel palette, and the fantastic 7000 series Richeson watermedia brushes... Throughout the years fellow artists have found the books and videos invaluable tools for their own work...

We are all most fortunate to be able to do what we do. I feel there is not a better way for a person to spend his or her time than observing, reaching inside, and expressing. The love that goes into a work of art will always be there and will be felt by many. If everyone lived a life doing what he or she loved, the world would be a better place. We are living in a critical and crazy time and there is much turbulence in the world. I have found, as I travel to various spots on this globe, that people living everywhere are incredible. They have close-knit families and have pride in their communities and cultures. I am always treated with kindness and respect, and most of the people I meet have a genuine love for art. They are always pleased that an artist has taken time and sees beauty in the landscape where they live.

To create harmony on this earth we all need to adopt an approach similar to how I develop a painting. We must have a vision and a plan but be open and flexible to what might occur along the way. We cannot be rigid and force our way through this painting. In my plein air work I am open to the wind and nature’s elements, the sounds, the hand, the eye, the brain, the body movement, the paper, the paint and the water, the brushes, and the unknown spiritual forces that can enter into a painting. We must recognize that this is an ongoing creative process that we participate in and do not dominate. There has never been a time more important than our present time and the choices we make this coming autumn. It is my sincerest desire that we all look deeply and with wisdom, as we may not have an opportunity like this again.

I wish you the best with your painting process!

Stephen Quiller