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    BEST IN SHOW: Twelve Small Boats by Deborah Tilby

    Above: BEST IN SHOW Winner of $1,000.00 is Deborah Tilby for her painting, "Twelve Small Boats." Learn more...

    September 2017 Judge: Timothy C. Tyler

    "Design is always triumphant in the contest for capturing the eye."
    — Timothy C. Tyler

    >> Read more about professional artist Timothy C. Tyler.

    See judge's comments on all 12 finalist paintings below (shown in random order).

    Name of Artist: Henry Bosak
    Judge's Comment: Too often artworks done with great fidelity suffer from overload of color and confusion. This artist has designed with informed eye using the green and red relationship and making this about light and giving the piece movement.
    Name of Artist: John McCartin
    Judge's Comment: Firstly, I gave this artist three awards. I think in professional contests, the best works ought to be appreciated and acknowledged. This is solidly painted and composed well.
    Name of Artist: Ned Mueller
    Judge's Comment: This colorless little work would be dismissible amid works of bold chroma but for the delicate composition, exquisite drawing and amazing edges from the hand of a master.
    Name of Artist: John McCartin
    Judge's Comment: Magnificent piece reminds one of Sargent's fluid landscapes with perfect color and wonderful composition. I love it! and could rant on for paragraphs.
    Name of Artist: Mason Mansung Kang
    Judge's Comment: Solidly composed and reminiscent of my heroes Sisley and Monet in the sparkling color of water and "pont." I liked it at once.
    Name of Artist: Deborah Tilby
    Judge's Comment: Design is always triumphant in the contest for capturing the eye. The balance and flow of the subject matter flows along in this powerful piece. The artist was also careful to minimize some elements which could have destroyed the work; light, drawing and other traits also impress.
    Name of Artist: Deborah Tilby
    Judge's Comment: This work vied for my choice of Best In Show due to its austere, courageous (and educated) design. So many things done right—choices made wisely.
    Name of Artist: Jodie Kain
    Judge's Comment: In what appears to be a straightforward portrait of a man in relaxed pose, it actually displays magnificently sensitive treatment in facial hair and the temperatures. The arm for example, is wonderfully painted.
    Name of Artist: John McCartin
    Judge's Comment: Solidly painted with great color and brushwork. The surface quality alone impresses. Color temperature and edge handling is amazing.
    Name of Artist: Sarupa Sidaarth
    Judge's Comment: I admire originality and am a sucker for interesting surface treatment especially when it courts that fine edge between abstraction and representational art.
    Name of Artist: Derek Penix
    Judge's Comment: A swirling explosion of color and brushwork which happens to also depict those colorful fish which have tempted and usually thwarted artists efforts for centuries...this one works!
    Name of Artist: Brian LaSaga
    Judge's Comment: This is a delicately painted work with great realism but it's the design which elevates this above the mundane. I love skill and knowledge evidenced together.



    Monthly Best in Show wins $1,000.00 cash. All 12 monthly Finalists win a free promoted painting entry. Finalists chosen and critiqued by a different professional artist judge each month. All 144 monthly finalists from 12 months compete for Grand Prizes awarded in August. Sign up to stay informed.