jada rowland

Begun as an painting demonstration. Here is that start and the final version of watercolor self-portrait:

Modeling Myself After Them                          

Born in New York and raised in a family of artists, jada became, quite by accident in early childhood, an actress. She is most remembered for her 8 Broadway plays ,her twenty years on the TV show The Secret Storm as Amy, and her eight years as Carolee on The Doctors as well as other work.

    With a painter/illustrator grandfather and artist/writer parents to inspire her, jada had begun drawing and writing from the moment she could hold a pencil. She covered the back of every script with sketches of the other actors. Finally, in 1983, never having been unemployed for more than three months at a time and tired of acting, she took a big gamble.  She decided to fulfill a lifelong desire to be a professional artist and writer so she quit acting but kept on drawing and painting and writing. In addition to her many prize-winning paintings she has also illustrated and/or written13 books (including the prize-winning Miss Tizzy) and she is a much sought-after portrait painter and teacher.


2011-    Portrait Society of America: Intimate Visions

    Southold Historical Society Auction

    Sonoma California Plein Air Invited Event

    Clovis Point Vineyard Art show

    Go FIsh: Peconic Baykeepers and Cornell Cooperative Fundraiser

    New Suffolk Fundraiser -Galley Ho

    Fiedler Gallery


2010-    Old Forge Adirondacks, WC

    Salmagundi Non-Members, Oil

    East End Arts Council, Oil

    American Watercolor Annual and Travel Show

    Pleiades Gallery, NYC

2008-2009  Rebuilding studio

    Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional

2007-    American Watercolor Society Annual, NY

    Oil Painters of America National, Whistle Pik Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas

    Bennett Galleries

    East End Arts (solo), Riverhead, NY (July 20)

    Fiedler Gallery, Greenport, NY

    Old Forge Art Center, Old Forge, NY (August)

2006-    Grenning Gallery, Salmagundi Non-Members Juried Annual,  Cecily's Love Lane Gallery, Fiedler Gallery

2005-     American Watercolor Society Annual, Grenning Gallery, Fiedler Gallery, Open Gallery, Garrison Art Center

2004-    Grenning Gallery, Fiedler Gallery, Garrrison Art Center

2003-    American Watercolor Society Annual, Watermedia 2003 Houston

  1. 2002-“Side by Side”-National WC Society .and Philadelphia WC Society, Hudson Valley Art Association Annual, Mexico Watercolor Society International, Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors Annual, East End Arts Council Portrait Show

  2. 2003-


           Royal Institute of Watercolor,Mall Gallery,London

Heffer’s Gallery, Cambridge, UK

Cambridge Studios, Cambridge, UK

Broome Street Gallery-NY,NY

Mazza Museum Collection Gallery-Findley,Ohio

Olympia and York Gallery-NY,NY

Bush Gallery- Mass. and Carmel,CA

             Houston WC Soc American WC Annual,

              Allied Artists of America Annual

Keiffer Gallery-NY,NY

Columbia University- Low Library, NY,NY

Goodman Design Gallery-Southhampton L.I.,NY

Springfield Museum, Springfield, Missouri

Cerqueux-sous-Passavant "Les Arts" Gallery,France

El Museo Nacional de la Acuarela,  Mexico

Open Gallery, Northport, NY


Oil Painters of America Directors Award  2007

Salmagundi Non-Members Juried 29th Grand Prize 2006 (oil)

         Non-Members 21st Annual Rita Duis (oil)

American WatercolorSociety (Signature member)

    Clara Stroud Memorial (2007)

    Barse Miller Memorial Award

     Emily Lowe Memorial Award

    Dong Kingman Award,

Watercolor Art Society of Houston Board of Directors Award

21st Annual Artists”s Magazine Competition Portrait Finalist (oil)

Portrait Society of America Honor Award (oil)

Adirondacks National Exb. of American Watercolors Garnet Prize

Catharine Lorillard Wolfe

    Frank B. and Mary A Cassidy Memorial Award (oil)

    Medal of Honor  Best in Show (oil)

Allied Artist's Grumbacher Gold Medal for Oils

Springfield Museum Purchase Prize Watercolors

Central NewYork Watercolor Memorial Award

WSAOE First Prize (WC '87) and First Prize

13  Children's BOOKS and STORIES Illustrated or Illustrated/Written including:

Miss Tizzie, Simon and Schuster,NY - featured in Best 200 Original Art

The Statue of Liberty, Random House

Raising the Roof, Habitat for Humanity

Heidi, Troll Books

Elves And The Shoemakers, Troll Books

Cinderella, Troll Books

Multiple issues illustrated (ongoing) for magazines, Cricket, Babybug, Ladybug, Spider, Bardian Magazine (editorial), etc.


Art Students League, Butler Museum in Ohio, Peconic Landing, Long Island Academy of Art, Portrait Society of America, Riverdale Art Center,  Nassau County Art League,  Pen and Brush, Central Park Conservancy, Hudson River Art Association, Suburban Art League,  Connecticut Portrait Society,  Floral Park. Art League, National Art League, and private workshops .


American Watercolor Society (Selection+Awards), Pastel Society of America, New York Times Art Show, Connecticut Watercolor Society, Suburban Art League , National Art League, New Jersey Watercolor Society, Huntington Art League, Philadelphia WC

FEATURED in ARTICLES and BOOKS -partial list

Fine Art Connoisseur, December, 2007 Human Touch

The Artist's Magazine, May, 2006

Suffolk Times, April, 2005

The Artist’s Magazine, April, 2005 In Character

International Artist Magazine, Spring 2003 Masters of the United States

Watercolor an American Artist Magazine, Fall, 2003, Picturing Scenes

Watercolor Magic, Summer, 1995 and February, 2003 – and Watercolor Handbook Summer 2003

Soap Opera Digest June, 2001

Soap Opera Weekly, May 26,'98

American Artist Magazine, January, 1993 - Under The Influence

Best of Watercolor 3, Rockport Publishers, 1999

Exploring Color, Northlight Publishers, 1998

Best of Watercolor, Rockport Publishers, 1996

Who’s Who American Women  and Who's Who in the World  and also theatre-related articles and books


Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY              

Fiedler Gallery, Greenport, NY   

South Street Gallery, Greenport, NY 




Under the Influence                                                                          Neighbor's Canoe