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    Annual Competition Judges: Art Professionals Kathy Duley, and Linda Corderman


    1st Place, Representational, $1000.00 Cash Award

    The Twins by Nancy Calder


    Judges' comment: "This exquisitely rendered painting by Nancy Calder presents a serene tableau of muted tones and elegant shapes depicting a quiet moment in time. The slightly dented container reflects the surrounding shells, distorting the ovals and accentuating a rich palette. Contrasting this smooth collection is a rough hewn slab of wood, underlined by stark black. The perfect balance of horizontals and verticals is reinforced by the diagonal connecting the two birds. But what is really going on here? The bird on the right appears to be building the nest. But why here? Where did the eggs come from? Why is one broken? A sense of mystery is another element that enhances the viewer’s experience and takes this painting to another level."


    2nd Place, Representational, $250.00 Cash Award

    Zion Morning at Angel's Landing by Damien Gonzales


    Judges' comment: "Damien Gonzales’ handling of light and shadow creates a powerful impact in this painting, capturing the drama of this spectacular scene. He has nicely developed a strong sense of depth, with the light playing off the canyon walls in the background and along the edge of the ridge in the foreground, leading the viewer’s eye through the scene. The band of light across the bottom of the work against the darker ridge frames it, with the splash of light highlighting the river below creating a bit of intrigue. The detail packed into this relatively small painting is amazing and very skillfully handled. It shows a deep knowledge of the subject matter. Mother Nature might have created the composition but Gonzales’ rendering of it is very well done."


    1st Place, Abstract, $1000.00 Cash Award

    Haze by Jason Sacran


    Judges' comment: "Jason Sacran skillfully turns a landscape into a glorious abstract with a playful interaction of light and dark—turning what might be an ordinary scene into something beautiful and intriguing. The bold brush strokes with the splashes of light/color break up the vertical orientation of the work. The composition is strong, with the rays of light connecting the two areas of brightness. The glowing in the upper right catches the eye and leads it through the painting."


    2nd Place, Abstract, $250.00 Cash Award

    The Ban on Breathing by Nelya-Naki Akimova
    NELYA-NAKI (Akimova)


    Judges' comment: "The artist engages the viewer immediately with the impact of contrasts: lights against darks, smooth textures against rough, organic shapes punctuated by geometric. We are invited on a journey of exploration, to move through this painting, to discover what is behind these shapes. The dark images appear to be floating--another contrast against the solidity at the lower portion of the composition. Nelya-Naki‘s technique creates an almost musical rhythm that results in a compelling story. Our curiosity is piqued on so many levels and we are left with a desire to see more."


    Finalists and Best in Show winners from each month were selected and commented on by a different monthly professional artist judge. The 12 month long competition closed July 31. All finalists from 12 months of the competitions compete for Grand Prizes. Click a painting below to see enlarged view and additional details. Also see our Judges Profiles page.

    Seize the Day - FINALIST, July 2019
    Закат - FINALIST, July 2019
    Courtyard Morning with Sunshine & Coffee - FINALIST, July 2019
    Chilly Blue - FINALIST, July 2019
    Rural Life Stove - FINALIST, July 2019
    Morning Light - FINALIST, July 2019
    Nature's Abstraction I - FINALIST, July 2019
    Blue Feathers - FINALIST, July 2019
    War - FINALIST, July 2019
    Headed Home - BEST IN SHOW, July 2019
    Constructive Ambition - FINALIST, July 2019
    Serene Mourning Dove - FINALIST, July 2019
    The Ban On Breathing - 2nd Place Annual Grand Prize Winner 2019, Abstract Category
    Rock Bed - BEST IN SHOW, July 2019
    My Point of View - FINALIST, July 2019
    Grounded - FINALIST, July 2019
    Stay In The Game - BEST IN SHOW, July 2019
    Local Catch - FINALIST, July 2019
    Solitary Colors - FINALIST, June 2019
    Warm Shadows - FINALIST, June 2019
    Over You For The Last Time - FINALIST, June 2019
    Ice House - FINALIST, June 2019
    Space Debris - BEST IN SHOW, June 2019
    Haze - 1st Place Annual Grand Prize Winner 2019, Abstract Category
    I Will Make Everyone You Love Happy - FINALIST, June 2019
    Red - BEST IN SHOW, June 2019
    Hide and Seek - FINALIST, June 2019
    Heading Home - BEST IN SHOW, June 2019
    Camelias - FINALIST, June 2019
    Golden Beach - FINALIST, June 2019
    A Bouquet of Color - FINALIST, June 2019
    Moth-Winged Thoughts Carry Me Away - FINALIST, June 2019
    Mount Up - FINALIST, June 2019
    Jessica - FINALIST, June 2019
    Nocturne Grenwald - FINALIST, May 2019
    Revelation 21:2 - FINALIST, May 2019
    The Forgotten - FINALIST - Free promoted entry
    I See You What Are You Seeing - FINALIST, May 2019
    The Road to the Center of the Galaxy - FINALIST - Free promoted entry
    Child portrait - FINALIST, May 2019
    Dancing In The Rain - FINALIST, May 2019
    Pool Anyone? - FINALIST, May 2019
    Spring Inspo - BEST IN SHOW, May 2019
    Boy On Horse - BEST IN SHOW, May 2019
    On The Edge - FINALIST, May 2019
    Et Cetera - FINALIST, May 2019
    The Vibrant Cat - FINALIST, May 2019
    The Arrival of Spring - BEST IN SHOW, May 2019
    Snow Day - FINALIST, May 2019
    'The Trumpeting Trumpeter'
    Down and Out
    Easter Lily
    This girl is on fire
    The Twins - 1st Place Annual Grand Prize Winner 2019, Representational Category
    Try Me!
    Looking Back
    On The Rocks; Portrait of a Wave
    The Feather
    Syncopated Rhythm
    The Blues
    Winter Plains
    Hissy, the Koala
    Flower Fall
    One Man's Trash, Another Man's Treasure - FINALIST, March 2019
    Glow - FINALIST, March 2019
    Still Life - BEST IN SHOW, March 2019
    Falling Water - FINALIST, March 2019
    Quantum Entanglements - FINALIST, March 2019
    Music - FINALIST, March 2019
    Ruby - FINALIST, March 2019
    The Road Not Taken (Portrait of Matthew Innis) - BEST IN SHOW, March 2019
    When? - FINALIST, March 2019
    Broken Wing of a Falling Angel - FINALIST, March 2019
    Requiem - FINALIST, March 2019
    Entrapment - FINALIST, March 2019
    Believe in Something - FINALIST, March 2019
    UNTITLED 1 - FINALIST, March 2019
    Blue - FINALIST, March 2019
    Sea Dreams - FINALIST, March 2019
    Mind Over Matter - BEST IN SHOW, March 2019
    Same But Different - FINALIST, February 2019
    Lumière - FINALIST, February 2019
    The Waystation - BEST IN SHOW, Novice/For the Love of Painting, February 2019
    We - FINALIST, February 2019
    As The Sun Rises - FINALIST, February 2019
    The Mane Thing - FINALIST, February 2019
    Intervention - FINALIST, February 2019
    Tuco the Bandit - BEST IN SHOW, Representational, February 2019
    Ray's Jacket-I - FINALIST, February 2019
    Urban Renewal - BEST IN SHOW, Abstract, February 2019
    Ascending - FINALIST, February 2019
    Abiqui - FINALIST, February 2019
    Февраль - February - FINALIST, February 2019
    Spring Melt - FINALIST, February 2019
    Scension - Finalist, February 2019
    Zion Morning at Angel's Landing - 2nd Place Annual Grand Prize Winner 2019, Representational Category
    Roots - FINALIST, January 2019
    Beartooth Spring - FINALIST, January 2019
    Window Trimmings - FINALIST, January 2019
    Top Hat - FINALIST, January 2019
    My House - FINALIST, January 2019
    High Desert Ranch - FINALIST, January 2019
    Morning Fog Light - FINALIST, January 2019
    Looking West - FINALIST, January 2019
    Creation - FINALIST, January 2019
    Falcon And Friendship - FINALIST, January 2019
    Abundance - FINALIST, January 2019
    Afterglow - BEST IN SHOW, January 2019
    Река Чусовая - Chusovaya River - FINALIST, January 2019
    Harvest - FINALIST, January 2019
    Рассвет - Dawn - BEST IN SHOW, January 2019
    Cosmic Event - FINALIST, January 2019
    Magic - FINALIST, January 2019
    Azalea And Pothos - BEST IN SHOW, December 2018
    Pie Ladies - BEST IN SHOW, December 2018
    Spring Bloom - FINALIST, December 2018
    Meet Me at the Picasso - FINALIST, December 2018
    Windy Sails - FINALIST, December 2018
    Connections - FINALIST, December 2018
    I am just like you and you are just like me - FINALIST, December 2018
    Ricky - FINALIST, December 2018
    Crevasse - FINALIST, December 2018
    Florida Sunset - BEST IN SHOW, December 2018
    Calm Amidst Chaos - FINALIST, December 2018
    Deconstruction - FINALIST, December 2018
    What Was - FINALIST, December 2018
    Season first snow - FINALIST, December 2018
    Town Meeting - FINALIST, December 2018
    The Bridge - FINALIST, December 2018
    Fall Button Bush - FINALIST, December 2018
    Experience. Child - FINALIST, December 2018
    Sea Glass - FINALIST, November 2018
    A Tangled Fling - FINALIST, November 2018
    Daisies - FINALIST, November 2018
    In the Spotlight - FINALIST, November 2018
    Autumn Aspens - BEST IN SHOW, November 2018
    Joy - FINALIST, November 2018
    Submersion - FINALIST, November 2018
    Reflections on Llano - FINALIST, November 2018
    Trinity Arcade - FINALIST, November 2018
    Red Boat in Clovelly - FINALIST, November 2018
    Проказник енот - Prankster Raccoon - FINALIST, November 2018
    Riding the Hills - FINALIST, November 2018
    Riding The Wave - FINALIST, November 2018
    Beachfront Property - BEST IN SHOW, November 2018
    Carpe diem - FINALIST, November 2018
    Light Up Your Life - BEST IN SHOW, November 2018
    Bubbles - FINALIST, November 2018
    Hydraulic Shaft - FINALIST, November 2018
    Chain Reaction
    In the Forest
    City Limits
    Busy Little Cowboy
    Best Friends
    Catching the Light
    Fire on the ocean - Cape Point
    Hello Fall
    Edge of Summer
    Landscape of My City
    Dragonfly Passion
    A Light In The Forest
    Empty Red Can
    A woman with a baby carriage
    Spring Break II
    West of Town
    The Goddess Within
    The Potter
    In a Moment
    Free Bird
    A Left At The Beach
    Experience. Man
    Pomegranate and Roses
    Morning,  New York
    Veil of Trees
    Dusk till Dawn
    Tidal Bones & Raven
    Día de los Muertos
    Immortal - Invisible
    Bird of Prey
    Along The River
    New Beginnings
    Beat-up But Still Working
    Interstellar DNA
    Golden Angel