January 2017 Judge: Robert Burridge
BEST IN SHOW, above: Ellen by Natasha Jabre. Judge's comment: Oh my gosh! This strikingly beautiful painting has all the elements I admire - quality of technique, quality of execution and original point of view. WOW.
Mandolin by Lon Brauer. Judge's comment: This painter loves to paint! The drippy brush strokes shows the fun and playfulness of juicy painting. There are great little spots of detailed color, but it is more of what the artist did not put in that grabbed me. Great job!
Lake Abiquiu by Petra Ackermann. Judge's comment: A powerful and vibrant land, sky and waterscape. The focal point made me smile - I have seen this so many times in nature. It gave me a great feeling.
Waterfall by Connie Thomasson. Judge's comment: This painting overwhelmed me with its grandeur. The composition, focal point and wetness struck me immediately. The artist was able to convey an instant visual impact.
Dark Places by Lorrie Warkentin. Judge's comment: Love this painting — it's an excellent example of the artist stopping at 90% and still telling the whole story. This invites the viewer to get involved with the painting and their imagination "fills in the blanks."
Pastorale by Mary Pettis. Judge's comment: This painting struck me as part of the Hudson River Valley School of Painting. I love the warmth, lighting, and symmetry in this new version of an early American, standard subject. Lovely job.
Untitled (Heads in Space series) by Lindsey Lively. Judge's comment: Powerful, graphic and original point of view! Brush strokes are direct, assertive and this painter clearly communicates the expression of paint.
Blocked in Cuba by Bruce Bingham. Judge's comment: I want this car! This painting just kept saying, "Look at me! Look at me! Look at me!" And I just smiled. Its brazen attitude and in-your-face color kept my attention.
As Above, So Below by Robert Masla. Judge's comment: This painter is a master at color and observation. His patience with detail and classic technique is admirable.
Home by Suzie Baker. Judge's comment: This is a sweet, loving painting of a subject matter the painter obviously enjoys painting. For an old subject, this painting is fresh and lively. The free brush stroke is masterful.
Scene at the Bar by Jill Banks. Judge's comment: Beautiful and striking composition. Overall color tone held my attention. Sweet nod to "girls' night out."
C130 Fire Training at Goodfellow by Suzie Baker. Judge's comment: This striking composition held my attention and imagination for a long time. It seemed to tell me a story that I wanted to know more about.