Wow, I am gobsmacked!! Just found out that my pastel painting “The Gold Bangle” won First Place in the Richeson75 Figure/Portrait 2016 Competition. Really appreciate what the judge, William Schneider, said about my work. Thank you to my lovely model Katrina Sherwood. I am greatly honored to be included among such great artists in this prestigious competition.
Totally shocked to find out I am one of the finalists in the ARC Salon 2016!! The Art Renewal Center annual competition is like the Oscars for artists. Thousands of artists from all over the world enter this prestigious competition. This year they have received 3,196 entries by over 1,300 artists representing 63 countries. They narrowed it down to 1006 finalist works by 640 artists, representing the top 32% of all works submitted.
It is natural for humans to seek and long for something that we can connect with that makes us feel there is more beyond ourselves. This explains the great interest in the arts (painting, music, writing, etc.) that has surged dramatically in the last couple of decades by all age groups around the world. Art helps to connect people, as well as satisfy our need for beauty that brings about an emotional experience. Art helps to ground us in the moment while transcending reality. It can give us hope for the future, happiness in the present, and maybe even a spiritual experience.
Just returned from a whirlwind trip to New York to attend the IAPS exhibition at the historic Salmagundi Club. Didn’t win a prize, but I was greatly honored to be included with such great artists, as well as being able to meet them.
A question often asked is “Do you listen to music when you paint?’. An artist once said “Paintings are like music, they are something to be felt.” I couldn’t agree more. A visual artist composes their work for the same purpose and effect as a musical composer does – to convey a truth, story and/or emotion for their audience.