Paint Annapolis is on the way! Learn more about the juried artists and get yourself ready for this historic Plein air painting festival. 

We’re excited to welcome Richie Vios from Austin, Texas as a juried artist for Paint Annapolis 2023! Richie travels all over the United States conducting watercolor workshops and competing in plein air events when he can.

(above) Richie Vios

He was born and raised in Cebu City in the Philippines and comes from an artistic family. In 1995 Vios graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture, before he and his family left for the United States in 2004 in hopes of a better future.

“Yellow Canopy”, watercolor, by Richie Vios, 11″ x 14″

When Richie and his family first moved in 2004 they resided in Clearwater, Florida where Richie was able to work as an architectural designer at a local architectural firm. His family then moved to Baltimore, Maryland while he returned to the Philippines by himself in hopes to introduce them to more Western architectural concepts.

“New York Minute – II”, watercolor, by Richie Vios, 11″ x 14″

During the time he spent back in the Philippines, he worked on and refined his unique mastery and techniques of watercolor which is still evident in his art to this day. He later rejoined his family in South Texas in 2017 where he is able to “chase the American dream again”, but as a watercolorist and plein air artist rather than an architect.

“Riverwalk Sunset”, watercolor, by Richie Vios, 12″ x 14″

“The subject in front of me is my inspiration, complemented with my imagination, charged with my passion, and a personal impression is embodied in my watercolor works.”

-Richie Vios
“Welcome to Steamboat”, watercolor, by Richie Vios, 16″ x 12″

Some of Richies more recent awards include the 2022 Plein Air Salon Semi-Finalist PACE-2022, 2022 Alexandria Art Museum, LA, Second Place & Quick Draw Award, 2022 Estes Park Plein air, CO, Artist Choice Award, 2022 Marble Falls Plein air, TX, Best of Show Award, 2022 Southwest Plein air, Galveston, TX, Best of Show Award, 2022 Lighthouse Art Gallery Florida, Best Boat Award, and 2022 Shadow of the Teche Plein air Louisiana, Best Quick Draw.

“Foggy Michigan Lake”, watercolor, by Richie Vios, 16″ x 12″

To learn more about Richie click on his website here.

Join Richie for this year’s Paint Annapolis plein air festival and register to participate as a public artist. Learn more at

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