Chris Keylock Williams Watercolors
6213 SE Main Street

Portland, Oregon 97215
Ph: 503-233-7314

Chris Keylock Williams Watercolors
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News & Bio

Chris Keylock Williams, NWS was raised on the Oregon coast in Otter Rock, Newport and Coos Bay. Both she and her husband Jim graduated from Marshfield High School in Coos Bay and Oregon State University in Corvallis. They have three married children (all Beaver grads) and eight wonderful grandchildren. Chris is an avid gardener and loves to kayak, travel, read, relax in Sunriver and spend time with her family.


1966 B. S. Degree, Oregon State University, Education Major and Art Minor

1967 San Francisco State University... sculpture and intaglio printing

1967-70 European travel and study while living in England

1970-82 Continuous education in several art mediums including batik, pottery, serigraphy, etc.

1977-2008 Continuous study in watercolor including classes (1980-81-82) at Southern Oregon State College in Ashland and at Loma Linda University in Riverside, CA (1984). Studied with Millard Sheets, Rex Brandt, Milford Zornes, Gerald Brommer, Jeanne Dobie, Morris Shubin, Judi Betts, Frank Webb, Robert Wood and Serge Hollerbach.

1966-2010 Travel experiences and art study including Egypt, Kenya, Japan, Thailand, Europe, Mexico, S. Africa, Scandinavia, Palau, Greece, Belize, Fiji, India, New Zealand, Turkey, Croatia, Singapore, Cook Islands, Jamaica, Panama, Columbia, Antarctica, Timbuktu.


Watercolor Society of Oregon

President 1987-89
Auction Solicitation Chairman 1992
100 Club Co-Founder
1994 recipient of WSO service award

National Watercolor Society... Signature Member

Transparent Watercolor Society of America - Signature Member

Northwest Watercolor Society... Signature Member

Coos Art Museum... member

Portland Art Museum... member

The Critique Group... Portland... member


2008 Lake Oswego Chronicle Invitational... Honorable Mention

1980-2010 Watercolor Society of Oregon... numerous awards, 4 times Best of Show, recipient highest level Merit Award

2009, 2000 & 1986 Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Green Bay, WI & Canton, OH

2003-99-96-95 National Watercolor Society Shows, Los Angeles, CA

2001-02 Belinky and DuPree Gallery, Portland, OR... one person shows

2001 Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, CA, three paintings included in invitational Exhibition titled "The Art of Illusion"

2000 Best of Show, Arizona Watercolor Society National Exhibition
National and International Traveling Show, Arizona Commission on the Arts

2003 & 1999 Channel 6 News feature, "The Artist in the Garden"

1998-99 Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR... two person show

1990-2005 Continuous exhibitions at Blue Spruce Gallery, Bend, OR

1997 Arizona Aqueous Exhibition, Tubac Center of the Arts, AZ

1996-95-86-84-80 Northwest Watercolor Society Shows, WA

1995 National finalist Grumbacher Hall of Fame

1994 Berlin, Germany... two person exhibition with Russian oil painter in historic
Schoneberg City Hall at invitation of Helmut Degner, Public Relations for President, House of Representatives, Berlin Parliament

1994 Sjoberg Gallery, Coos Bay, OR... one person show

1985-95 Lake Oswego Festival of Arts... first place watercolor 85 & 86, award 87

1993 Mt. Hood Community College... one person show

1992 & 1983 Oregon State University Art About Agriculture shows... award in 83

1982-92 Seaborne Gallery, North Bend, OR... featured artist annual shows

1991-2000 OR Symphony... Designer Show House exhibitions... Garden Faire

1990 OR Historical Society invitational exhibit... "25 Years of Watercolor in OR"


2000 Featured in book: Watercolor Expressions... Rockport Publishers

2000 & 2003 Feature articles, Better Homes and Gardens magazine, "The Garden as Inspiration" and "Stylish Footsteps" and book, 2003, Garden Color

1997 & 1999 Featured in two books: Best Of Flower Painting I & II... Northlight

1997 Featured article in Watercolor Magic magazine

1997-2009 Mt. Tabor Middle School auction posters and cards (8 years)

1997-2003 Encore Senior Living, Inc. national Christmas cards

1997 Parry Center for Children note card... garden series

1995 Mirsky, Inc. catalog cover, note cards and prints

1994-95 Estacada Chamber of Commerce directory cover

1995-96 Grumbacher calendar featuring "hall of fame" artists

1993 Greeting cards produced by Arts of Earth

1989-94 Mt. Hood Pops Orchestra... two limited edition prints, note cards and two season program covers

1991 Brim, Inc., Portland, OR... cover, national newsletter


1990-2010 Instructor... Village Gallery of Art, Portland, OR

1987-2007 Buffalo Grass Soc. Instructor, Portland, OR

1986-2010 Watercolor Society of OR five time paint-out leader

1980-2010 Instructor for numerous classes and workshops throughout the state of OR including the Rogue Gallery in Medford, the Watercolor Society of OR, the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay, Lane Community College in Florence, The Seaborne Gallery in Coos Bay and the Summerfield Art Club


2006 Juror Tualatin ArtSplash

2005 Clackamas County Fair

Vision 2000, Coos Art Museum and Southwestern Oregon Community College

-97 & 99 Beaverton Art Showcase

1999 Float judge Portland Rose Festival Parade

1997 SW Washington Watercolor Society Show

2004 & 95 Juror and Guest Artist, Lake Area Artist Show, Lake Oswego, OR

1995 & 92 Clark County Fair, WA

1993 & 90 Woodburn Art League Show

1987-88-89-2002 OR Society of Artists Rose Festival Art Show

1986 Hood River, OR, County Fair


NW Pipe Co (3 paintings)

Intel (6 paintings) - Beaverton, Oregon

Law offices, Davis, Wright, Tremaine - Portland, Oregon

Oregon Health Sciences University (3 paintings) - Portland, Oregon

Mount Hood Pops Orchestra (2 paintings) - Gresham, Oregon

Wilsonville Library - Wilsonville, Oregon

Gresham City Hall (7 paintings) - Gresham, Oregon

Devine Savior Hospital - Portage, Wisconsin

Mirsky, Inc. - Portland, Oregon

Active Life, Inc. - Osaka, Japan

Brim, Inc. - Portland, Oregon

Law offices, Richard Barnes - Washington, D.C.

Eugene Hotel Retirement Center (3 paintings) - Eugene, Oregon