The Pine Bluff Art League will feature a program by internationally known artist Richard Stephens from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave.


Stephens, a native of Hot Springs, said he re-discovered transparent watercolor in the 90s and quickly earned a nation-wide reputation for his confident, loose impressionistic paintings. His works have won awards in numerous national competitions, and he has earned signature status in several major watercolor societies, according to a news release.


For 17 years, Stephens has shared his passion for the medium by conducting painting workshops around the country.


“I love to teach,” he said. “I have discovered that through teaching, more than other endeavors, I continue to learn.”


In 2005, he was named by Watercolor magazine one of the top 10 artists to watch. He was again honored in 2007 with an article about his teaching methods and included several of his paintings.


He had paintings in SPLASH, a publication representing the best of watercolor paintings in America, in 2008 and 2012.


In 2014, Stephens was honored with a six-page article in The Art of Watercolor, a French publication considered the top watercolor magazine in the world. He was featured in the magazine again in 2015.


“It is quite an honor for Pine Bluff to have such a speaker, and we hope anyone who has an interest in art to attend the meeting as our guests,” a spokesman for the local art league said. “We always welcome visitors, but with Sunday’s speaker the invitation is a special one.”