Tony Couch received a bachelor’s degree in art from the university of Tampa and did further work at Pratt Institute in New York, while an artist for associated press. Then for years he was a freelance illustrator while studying watercolor painting with Edgar A. Whitney, ANA, AWS.
He has written three books on watercolor. His first, titled “Watercolor: You Can Do It!” was published by Northlight Publishing in 1987. It went through five printings and became Northlight’s all-time best-selling book on painting. It has been the textbook for several college art departments and has been translated into Chinese for markets overseas.
In 1989 a follow-up book on technique was published by the same publisher. It went through three printings and was translated into Japanese for that market.
A third book, on design, titled “Tony Couch’s Keys To Successful Painting” was also published by Northlight.
Tony’s watercolor instruction articles have appeared in “Palette Talk”, “American Artist”, “Australian Artist”, “Northlight” “Watercolor Magic” and “The Artist” magazines. His work is included in twelve art instruction articles and publications by other artists in the US, Australia and the UK.
He has produced 10 “how to” DVDs, some of which are used in colleges and in various state educational systems via TV. He conducts workshops throughout the US and abroad.
Tony has been elected to membership in The American Watercolor Society, Academic Artists Assn., Allied Artists Of America, the Hudson Valley Art Assn., Knickerbocker Artists, Salmagundi Club, Society Of Marine Painters, Watercolor West, the Pittsburgh, Georgia and Southern Watercolor Societies, as well as Transparent Watercolor Society Of America and the Whiskey Painters Of America.
He has won over 70 national awards and his work has been included in three annual exhibitions of the National Academy of Design.