By Kathy L. Collins

Sue Allen of Lithia and Roxanne Tobaison of Seffner are both exceptionally talented watercolor artists. Their skill, technique and talent are evidenced by the fact that these two fine artists have had artwork accepted into the Florida Watercolor Society’s 42nd Annual Exhibition and Convention. Artwork will be on view at the Art Center in Sarasota from September 20 through October 25.

Just to put this accomplishment into perspective, take note that there are typically up to 800 submissions of art, but only 100 are accepted. The Juror for this year’s show, Linda Baker, is a nationally known watercolor artist who is signature member of both the National Watercolor Society and the Florida Watercolor Society.

Sue Allen, an experimental abstract painter, is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society. This means that she has had at least three pieces of art accepted into the show. Allen’s piece this year is called Light in the Canyon. Allen said, “It’s always a pleasure to show my work with other Florida artists.” Allen added, “This year’s show is going to very diverse. Anyone interested in watercolor art should come and see this dynamic show.”

Roxanne Tobaison is an accomplished artist who is known for birds, landscapes and Florida buildings. But Tobaison tried something different with her entry and submitted a still life of onions called, Don’t Cry For Me. Tobaison said, “I had not painted for several years due to family health issues.” Tobaison added, “I had been painting birds, landscapes and Florida architecture for 34 years. I wanted to stretch a little and take my art in a different direction. Acceptance into this show validates my art.”

Both Allen and Tobaison have retired from teaching on a regular basis, but they will still instruct workshops from time to time in the area.

Allen will be giving a full-day demonstration at the Florida Watercolor Society Convention. She will demonstrate techniques that go beyond traditional watercolor techniques. You can visit her website at for upcoming workshops.

Tobaison will have a solo show at Center Place in November.

The public is invited to attend a reception at the Florida Watercolor Society Convention on Friday, September 20.

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