Juror Workshop with Trish McKinney

Find Inspiration Combining Words with Watercolors

Monday, October 9th – Friday, October 13th, 2023

Trish McKinney – Juror

In this five-day mixed media workshop, using watercolor, mark making and collage, students will learn how to reinvent their paintings through the use of words and watercolor. By weaving words with watercolor, students will go beyond the traditional approach to watercolor, moving into something inspiring – something personal. Students will learn how to create strong compositions, strengthen design, use playful collage, paint acrylic transparently and use words as exciting textural backgrounds. Through it all, students will learn to recognize their muse, chasing wonder along the way.

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom” – Socrates

All art forms, painting and creativity, begin with that moment of wonder. Recognizing these moments and combining them with words creates a deeper meaning that can inspire, heal, and make magic.

Trish McKinney is a national and international award-winning artist, instructor, graphic designer, published author and illustrator. Her unique mixed water media paintings are about being aware of a moment and sharing her wonder by telling the story. She especially loves the unpredictable surprise and spontaneous nature of watercolor and combining layers of meaning in her painting through words and unexpected shapes. In her words “Being aware of wonder – that moment when you pause for beauty, for sparkling, incandescent light – and the magical awareness of emotion… these are the things I savor and adore. I love weaving a story through the use of color, words, shapes, lines and texture – inspiring the viewer to tell their own story.” She loves to ask “what if” when she works in her studio because it leads her to a new discovery.

About the Instructor

Trish is a signature member of the Ohio Watercolor Society and has been a juror for many exhibitions. Her paintings have been juried into international and national exhibitions, including the National Watercolor Society, Pikes Peak International Watermedia Exhibition, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition, Kentucky
Watercolor Society, International Society of Experimental Artists and Ohio Watercolor Society. She has won awards in national exhibitions since 2011. Her work has been featured in Confident Color by Nita Leland, Splash 12 – Celebrating Artistic Vision, The Artistic Touch 4, a children’s book Do Trees Nap? and Art Journaling Magazine. Trish has been teaching and traveling since 1991 in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Ephesus, France and throughout the world. One of her favorite quotes: “Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” ~Mary Oliver

Reflections by Trish McKinney



The workshop will be held at: The Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem, OR 97301, just a few blocks away from the Grand Hotel. We will have snacks, coffee, tea and water each day in our workshop room. There is a refrigerator and microwave accessible, so you may also bring your lunch. Additionally, there is a restaurant on site, and many within walking distance.


  • The workshop fee is $500 for the 5-day workshop.
  • There is an additional $35 fee for non-WSO members.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations will be accepted prior to September 26 (14 full days prior to the beginning of the workshop). Cancellations made after September 26 will only be refunded if the workshop fills and a replacement is found. Exceptions may be made in the event of serious illness, accident or death in the family. All refunds, less a $25 process fee, will be mailed after the workshop (see WSO Policy II.E.2 Workshops, a-d, in the WSO Membership Roster & Handbook).

Supply List

Here is the supply list for the workshop.

Morning Glory by Trish McKinney
Charleston Dreaming by Trish McKinney