Year after year, the Annual Art Competition gives Artists Magazine the opportunity to showcase outstanding contemporary artists from around the world. Traditionally, this competition awards work in five categories:

Abstract/Experimental

Animal/Wildlife

Landscape

Portrait/Figure

Still Life/Interior

In this landmark 35th year, we added a grand prize winner selected from the first-place winners in the five categories. The prize was a week-long workshop, Retreat to Tuscany, taught by watercolor artist Thomas W Schaller at rustic Italian resort-farm Tenuta di Spannocchia. This past September, grand-prize winner Helen Bouchard soaked up the Tuscan scenery and sun, not to mention Schaller’s insights. Congrats, Helen!

Our praises and congratulations extend to all the winners of the 35th Annual Art Competition. Artists Magazine is honored to present their inspiring contributions to the world of art.

GRAND PRIZE AND 1ST PLACE PORTRAIT / FIGURE

Helen Bouchard

The Calling
oil on linen, 24×24

The Calling depicts the moment one discovers a life passion. A young girl sits by a window overlooking Oregon’s wine country, representative of prosperity. While drawing, she’s visited by a mockingbird that deposits seeds representing potential and the growth that she can achieve through study and hard work. She’s unaware or uninterested in a text on her cell phone as she ponders her future.

 

PORTRAIT/FIGURE continued…

Juror: Beverly McNeil, executive partner of Portraits, Inc.

2ND PLACE Annie Murphy-Robinson

Casey “Waiting”
sanded charcoal on paper, 28×42

“Casey ‘Waiting’ is about young women everywhere and the future they may face. Some may have incredible lives of their choosing and some, depending on the culture they belong to, may have everything decided for them. On a more personal level, this piece is about my daughter (the model) and the world she’ll inherit in a few short years as a woman.”

3RD PLACE Oliver Sin

Father
charcoal on paper, 17×14

“I drew this portrait of my dad from life as a present for his 85th birthday. Since moving to the United States 20 years ago from my native city of Hong Kong, I haven’t spent much time with my dad, so drawing him was a memorable opportunity for us to reconnect—a priceless experience for us to reunite through art.”


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HONORABLE MENTIONS

Jenedy Paige
There’s More to See
oil on linen panel, 24×24

 

Pauline Roche
The Grand Salon
oil on linen, 36×36

 

Calvin Lai
Going to Market
oil on canvas, 30×40

FINALISTS

Grace Devito
Judy Fan
Andrea Fenn
Wei Han
Richard Harper
Ninni Heldt
Marissa Oosterlee
Jenedy Paige
Misty Segura-Bowers

 

LANDSCAPE

Juror: Jinger Richardson, owner of The Legacy Gallery

1ST PLACE Robert Highsmith

Canyon Snows
watercolor on paper, 22×30

“The subject of Canyon Snows is Spider Rock, at Canyon de Chelly, Ariz.—a national park in Navajo lands. I’ve been there many times in different seasons. I’m never disappointed with its awesome beauty, and I always feel a spiritual reverence when I’m there. During my last visit, I toured the canyon floor by horseback— one of the best ways to view the canyon.”

2ND PLACE Tatyana Chernikh

Frosty Evening
oil on canvas, 14×18

“This house with an established apple orchard isn’t far from my countryside studio in Belarus. One cold, bright evening, I became intrigued by the snow and ice glimmering in the low January sun. Shadow shapes provided a delightful composition, and the contrast between warm and cool light lent character. I made mental notes of my impressions, took a picture and then painted quickly in my studio.”

3RD PLACE David Stanger

Allegheny River
oil on linen, 14×30

“I painted Allegheny River mostly during open-air sessions. I watched the river come and go through afternoon haze, offering forms in undulating warm and cool grays. During the hours spent painting a motif, one becomes increasingly aware of the sun’s movements and affects, the patterns of clouds and atmosphere. The sounds, scents and feeling of the breeze become part of a vision made solid through oils and pigment.”

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Diane Davich-Craig
The King’s Palace
oil on panel, 16×20

 

Mark McDermott
Trapper Creek #1
watercolor on paper, 15×22

 

Lynn Garwood
Leaving
acrylic on canvas, 54×72

FINALISTS

Linda Brown
Bethany Fields
Jane Hunt
Matt Hurdle
Garry Kaye
Wendy Liang
Emily Thompson
Ken Vrana
Richard Wagener

 

ABSTRACT/ EXPERIMENTAL

Juror: Ellen Taylor, president of Art Students League

1ST PLACE Diane L Farquhar Hallstrom

Opposition
acrylic on canvas, 60×48

“I love the physicality of painting large with few boundaries of thought or space. Discovery occurs in the fringes of comfort levels, so I push myself to experiment with mediums, processes, techniques and ideas while allowing the painting to develop its unique message. Opposition is a study in contrasts, a painting void of color yet full of drama.”

 

2ND PLACE Colette Odya Smith

In High Spirits
pastel over watercolor on museum board, 30×30

“Every step of my process in creating In High Spirits came together joyfully. The reference photographs I took of a shallow stream in a ravine began to capture some of the beauty, mystery and excitement I feel in such delightful places. While I did make some alterations to the composition and color values, the painting shares what I feel was a pure gift.”

 

3RD PLACE Margaret Larlham

Fever Tree
pastel on sanded paper, 24×20

“The dreamlike image of Fever Tree took shape apart from rational determination. Pastel dissolved in isopropyl alcohol forms the abstract background. My reference for the murky vegetation was a photo of the Hluhluwe River in South Africa’s Zululand that, by chance, fluttered from my file. For the reflections in the water, I conjured ‘the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees’ of Rudyard Kipling’s story ‘The Elephant’s Child.’”

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Kathy Dana
GroundSwell    
acrylic on photography by Donald Satterlee on canvas, 84×60

 

Pirkko Mäkelä-Haapalinna
Messenger of Light
pastel and ink on paper, 43⅓x31½

 

Carol Staub
Sea Motion 1
acrylic on panel encased in resin, 36×36

FINALISTS

Stephanie Holznecht
Akarsh Kummattummal
Lela Linnenkohl
Michal Mitak Mahgerefteh
Steven Paulsen
Kay Skipper Reinke
Benjamin Sack
Nancy Smitherman
Carol Staub
Dan Welden

 

STILL LIFE/ INTERIOR

Juror: George Henoch Shechtmann, owner and director of Gallery Henoch

1ST PLACE Alexandra Averbach

Blueberries
oil on canvas, 20×28

“I love the way objects shine in the sunlight. Blueberries, seemingly simple and ordinary, become striking and multi-tonal when illuminated in bright sunshine. In this painting, I strove to capture their radiance. The jar’s red cap serves as the perfect counterpoint to the deep blues.”

2ND PLACE Nicole Finger

Whipped
oil on canvas, 24×24

“As sweets become ever more taboo in our concerns over health, their images become like idols or fossils in our memories and are thus elevated. In my Cupcake series, each treat finds its own personified character. Whipped could conjure up sweet childhood memories of birthdays past or be seen as a seductive temptress taking off her party dress.”

3RD PLACE Nancy Calder

Market Morning Weigh In
oil on aluminum panel, 16×20

“The inspiration for Market Morning Weigh In came from my fascination with the beautiful natural colors of organic eggs. The antique egg scale in the foreground was a gift from a good friend. I imagined a quiet corner of a barn where these precious eggs would be collected and weighed. The aged window and distressed wood further support this atmosphere.”

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Sun Jiangang
Home
watercolor, 16×22

Chris Krupinski
Not So Black and White
watercolor on paper, 30×22

 

Dan Simoneau
Bag of Grannys
acrylic on canvas, 36×36

FINALISTS

Deborah Chabrian
Loren Dibenedetto
Zoey Frank
Carol Gobin
Hans Guerin
Judith Leeds
Robert Papp
Lawrence Preston
Steve Scheuring
Nancy Tankersley

 

ANIMAL/ WILDLIFE

Juror: Adam Duncan Harris, Ph.D., Peterson Curator of Art and Research at the National Museum of Wildlife Art

1ST PLACE Shawn Gould

Pumpkin Pies
acrylic on hardboard, 24×36

“While picking up some pumpkins at a local farm, I was inspired to use them in a painting. The combination of shapes, textures and color made for a wonderfully dynamic setting. Adding the magpies gave the piece life, and the bold contrast and iridescent color of their feathers worked beautifully against the orange pumpkins. The idea also came with a ready-made title.”

 

2ND PLACE Jan McAllaster Stommes

Cross Fox Watch
oil on panel, 11×14

“While driving around Jackson Hole, Wyo., last February, I came upon this beautiful vixen and took many photographs. Research revealed that it was a cross fox, a partial-melanistic red fox with the black fur running down its back and crossing the shoulders laterally to make a cross. As an animal scientist and artist, I was exhilarated to find her. How could I not paint her?”

 

3RD PLACE Sandra Corpora

Studio Dog
oil on linen, 12×27

“My dog, Annie, often ‘melts’ patiently on the studio floor. I feel some calm and comfort from her presence, and, every so often, I see her from a different angle. This view struck me as the perfect way to paint her as ‘studio dog.’ The ant’s-eye vantage point is critical to the idea, as is the horizontal format.”

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

David S. Haley
Bee No. 30
watercolor on paper, 16×24

 

Rob Richards
Approaching the Glade
graphite pencil and dust on bristol board, 10×16

 

Deborah LaFogg Docherty
Cara Cara
pastel on pastel paper, 12×9

 

FINALISTS

Kathryn Ashcroft
Nancy Bass
Linda Besse
Claire Duncan
Kathleen E. Dunn
Neil Hamelin
Jacob Houston
Rebecca Luncan
Mary Shira
Amy Stauffer