Jeff Watts studied at The California Art Institute. He was soon invited to teach, and in 1991 began his illustration career in the movie industry. However, Jeff’s desire to become an easel painter eventually drew him back to San Diego, where he started a small life-drawing and painting studio. That studio evolved into Watts Atelier of the Arts, now managed by Jeff and his wife Krista.
A Fine Art Master
Jeff’s oil paintings have won numerous awards including: First Place Portrait category and Second Place Landscape category from the Artist’s Magazine, two consecutive Second Place Awards at the Salon International Exhibition, three Honor Awards from the Portrait Society of America, three Awards of Excellence from Oil Painters of America, and three Top 100 Awards from Arts for the Parks. Watts’s work has been featured in Southwest Art , American Artist, Art of the West, Western Art Collector, American Art Collector, and Drawing and Workshop magazines. He holds Master Signature Member status from the Oil Painters of America, is a Signature member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, and an artist member of the California Art Club. Jeff participates in the prestigious Prix de West Invitational at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and was recently honored with a Solo Exhibition at the Taos Art Museum and Fechin House. He is represented by Trailside Galleries in Scottsdale, AZ and Jackson Hole, WY as well as the Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio, Texas.