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
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