Professional artist Hilarie Couture began drawing at the age of two, using a purple crayon to dress the women in her dad's Playboy magazines. Living in an abusive home, she would retreat into her closet and draw faces that resembled Margaret Keanes' sad-eyed kids from the sixties, ballet dancers, and horses.
Often called “Florida’s Painter,” Morgan Samuel Price is a master artist renowned for her signature style and painting workshops held across the globe. Her notable accomplishments are many, including participation in over 60 national exhibitions, author of two books and numerous online videos and instructional DVDs.
Chantel Barber is a professional artist with award winning paintings in private and public collections throughout the world. In addition to appearing in solo art shows and juried exhibitions, her work has been published in Acrylic Artist magazine, American Art Collector, Southwest Art, The Artist’s Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, International Artist Magazine and in several books.
Spencer Meagher is a professional, award-winning artist whose paintings have been exhibited in many notable galleries in the United States and Milan, Italy. His work has been featured in publications such as Plein Air Magazine, Plein Air Today, and is soon to be highlighted in the upcoming October 2020 issue of Southwest Art magazine.
Professional, award-winning artist Rick J. Delanty has been painting landscapes and seascapes for over three decades, working in an exuberant impressionistic style in both plein air and the studio. A California native, Rick maintains a Home Studio & Art Gallery in San Clemente, California.
Professional artist Michael Orwick began his career as an illustrator, but true to the predictions of his professors, after a few years as an illustrator, his true passion for oil painting prevailed. Now with a long list of accomplishments, he aspires to "create art that invites you on a journey to form a story and explore your world within."
Jane Hunt has served as a faculty member of the Plein Air Convention and a demo artist and speaker at the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. Her work has been featured in Southwest Art, Fine Art Connoisseur, Art of the West, Plein Air Magazine, and others, and is represented by galleries in the US, as well as in her native England.
We are honored to have Linda Corderman serve as our 2018-2019 final juror of awards. Founder of Corderman Art Resources, LLC, Linda has provided consulting and acquisition services for fine art collectors in both corporate and private sectors since 1999.
We are honored to have Kathy Duley serve as our 2018-2019 final juror of awards. Kathy is an arts professional with over 25 years working for the arts community, and twenty-plus years of marketing and public relations for fine arts galleries.
Professional artist Jane Davies will judge the November 2018 Abstract Professional Level entries. Jane is a full-time professional artist whose abstract expressionist works consist of collage, painting, and encaustic. She is author of numerous publications and videos with a focus on abstract painting and collage.
Professional painter William (Bill) Schneider is an accomplished professional artist, but also a lifelong student of art, continually learning through study of the works of other acclaimed fine artists. Bill is a signature or master member of many prestigious professional artist organizations.
Professional artist Sara Linda Poly will judge the October 2018 Representational Professional Level entries. Sara is best known for her paintings of atmospheric landscapes and sweeping skies. Sara has been the winner of numerous awards and a participant in many regional and national shows and plein air competitions.
Award-winning artist John Buxton attended the University of North Carolina briefly before graduating with a degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. John was a successful professional illustrator for 31 years before becoming a full-time historical painter.
Susan Faust served as a judge in the Sedona Art Prize painting competition (2016-2017) and returns as a judge in the Gateway International Painting Competition. Susan is a featured artist in the PBS television series, “The Artist’s Workshop,” and a featured artist in Pastel Artist International Magazine.
Professional artist Suzie Baker exclaims, “I can't NOT paint!” She’s always thinking of what to paint next. Suzie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising and Fine Arts from Louisiana Tech University. Following her degree program, Suzie worked as an ad agency Art Director before becoming a full time painter.
Matt Sterbenz is former President of the Arizona Plein Air Painters. He has participated in some of the nation’s top plein air events, including the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, Sedona Plein Air Festival, and the Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event. Matt’s work has been featured in publications including Southwest Art and Plein Air magazines.
Kathie Odom has received numerous awards in plein air events across the nation. She is a signature member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, a member of the Plein Air Painters of the South East, and signature member of the Women Painters of the Southeast. She keeps her car packed with all the painting supplies needed for the road, because, “It’s hard to ignore beauty when it happens!”
Professional artist Carol Marine will judge and select finalists for the November 2017 Gateway International Painting Competition. From October 2006, professional artist Carol Marine has created one small painting—almost every day! Through this dedicated process, she has achieved amazing success as an artist with a large and loyal following.