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Peter L. Spataro’s memberships have included Allied Artists of America, The Salmagundi Club, Academic Artists Association, the New England Watercolor Society, The North Shore Art Association, The Rockport Art Association, The Miami and Florida Watercolor Societies and the Hudson Valley Art Association where he recently won the John Krasansky Award for excellence in watercolor. His work has been shown in many national exhibitions including the AMERICAN WATERCOLOR SOCIETY. He has won the Gold medal at the North Shore Art Association twice, the popular vote award at the Rockport Art Association as well as the W.Hibbard Award in 2004, The Edward and Elizabth Schlemm award in2005 Cheap Joes Watercolor award at the Florida Watercolor Society First Prize at the Palm Beach Art Association show as well as numerous other awards. His paintings have been reproduced in Better Homes and Gardens twice, the Book the Best of Watercolor, American Artist magazine twice. He co-authored an article on varnishing your watercolors for The Artist Magazine . His reproductions are in print form in over two hundred locations. He was selected by Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Miami Fl. and The Ritz Carleton in Palm Beach Fl. to paint views of their world famous locations. In 1998 he appeared as guest demonstrator for the Miami Watercolor Society’s cable TV presentation Hello Winslow. Peter teaches for nationally known art organizations throughout the United States. He taught and directed the art program in the Massachusetts Department of Correction for seven years. Peter has three academic college degrees and has studied with many famous master painters but considers the single most influential factor in becoming a serious artist to be the study for five years with Edgar A. Whitney who was perhaps the greatest teacher of watercolor painters in the twentieth century. Peter’s original work is represented in galleries from Maine to Florida. He works in all media and paints landscapes still life and portrait and figure He is primarily an outdoor painter whose passion for color and light is evident in all of his paintings which are painted on location, the only place, he believes to learn to paint the light and colors that exist in nature.