Janice Cipriani-Willis is an accomplished watercolorist who lives and works at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in Temecula. She began her art education by earning a B.A. in Fine Arts from California State University, Los Angeles. At that time she worked in acrylics and used a loom to weave multimedia sculptures. Her style was exclusively nonrepresentational abstraction. She exhibited and sold her work via the L.A. ArtCore gallery.  

Watercolor has been her media of choice  for the past 15 years. She has studied with artists including Don Andrews, Gerald Brommer, Frank Francese, Fealing Lin, Ted Nuttall and Frank Webb. 

In 2014 Janice was awarded Signature Status in the National Watercolor Society. She is also a Signature member of Watercolor West, having been accepted many times into the Watercolor West show. 


Traveling and observation have inspired Janice Cipriani-Willis to find and express in watercolor the subtle and often obscure beauty she finds in the places and faces she has seen. She sees the pieces of light that play over forms as a marvelous mosaic. In her watercolors (in which the lightest light is the white of the paper) she rearranges these bits of light into an image of the world’s beauty. 

Janice’s current work has been inspired by watching people from all walks of life in situations that engender a range of human emotions. She focuses on the depth of expression seen in their faces.  


Flight Delay, by Janice Cipriani-Willis is on exhibit at Watercolor West at the City of Brea Art Gallery until December 18, 2017. 

Original works and giclee reproductions are available and can be seen here:


 Recent Awards and Exhibitions 

  • Patrons Award II Watercolor West 2016 
  • Morris Shubin Award, Watercolor West 2015 § National Watercolor Society Show 2015; 2014 
  • Transparent Watercolor Society of America Show 2014 
  • Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors 2014 § Signature American Watercolor Exhibition 2014, 2015 
  • First Merchandise Award, Signature American Watercolor Exhibition 2011 
  • Best of Show, 2010 and 2011 River Road Show, Louisiana Art Guild 
  • Award of Merit, Real People 09, Figurative Art League, Illinois 
  • People’s Choice Award, Watercolor West XL, December, 2008 
  • Victor Miceli Law Library Purchase Award, 2005 Watercolor West  XXXVII