RayMar Art Painting Competition 2013-2014 7th Annual Competition Winners

Juror of Awards Overall Comments:

Cathy Dietrich honored me with a request, would I like to jury the RayMar Fine Art Competition? She told me that the process would require a great deal of time to review the selections and write the critiques. All of this was true. What was also true, it was a humbling process.  Periodically through the year I would visit the RayMar website to see what paintings were in a particular months selection. Finally all the paintings were chosen now it was time to embark on my task of selecting my favorites.  Once I began the process and witnessed the caliber of work it was exhilarating to see so many exceptionally beautiful paintings. It was also difficult to choose only twelve artists. There were more than twelve artists that I felt were exceptional in all aspects. My job was to pick twelve, only. It was a pleasure to witness the paintings of these highly skilled artists. Congratulations to all the artists. Thank you for the privilege. - Morgan Samuel Price 

 




   

$10,000 Grand Prize Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Morgan Samuel Price

Winter Morning Kangarilla, 82cm x 110cm, by John McCartin

Juror of Awards Comments

This painting was a Slam Dunk! Beautiful, demanding, and uplifting, the painting hits on each of these adjectives with panache.  Once you recover from the excitement of this design you are relegated to constant movement. This artist is the joyful conductor of a beautiful symphony of movement through contrasted edges. You just don’t want to leave this captured moment in time. The artist’s edges explain the kind of day along with the textures of the content. The star of the show, the tree, is beautifully portrayed in all its glory. Wow! Morgan Samuel Price

Monthly Judge's Comments (January):  This exceptional painting is as well composed and crafted as any masterpiece by John Constable, or Frederic E. Church, yet it brings a distinctly contemporary look to a classic subject. - M. Stephen Doherty





    $5,000 Second Place Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Morgan Samuel Price

The Wooden Horseman, 20" x 16" Oil, by Brad Lethaby

Juror of Awards Comments:  Watch how your eye moves in this painting. Beginning on the left you catch the rounded edge of the wooden log. Then you are pulled to the highlight on the horizontal surface of the head of the horse near the eye. Then you move to the open hand with finger tops accented by warm lights. Again you move to the cool light on the forefinger up to the wrist to the outline of the silhouetted head enhanced by the light through the window. The downward slanted perspective of the windows leads you to the rounded shoulder of the figure’s sleeve. Notice the angled piece of wood wedged to hold the horse’s head in place. It’s downward angle leads you back to the beginning of the initial journey through the painting.  This is so beautifully painted you can hear the movement of the file of the master woodworker as he carves in the silence of his shop. -Morgan Samuel Price

Monthly Judge's Comments (November)The Wooden Horseman by Brad Lethaby has a demonstrated great drawing skills. He seemed to capture the essence of the craftsman. The angle that he picked was great also, since we are seeing his expressions from a lower perspective. - Gabor Svagrik





 

   

$2,500 Third Place Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Morgan Samuel Price

Listening, 24" x 18" Oil , by Fongwei Liu

Juror of Awards Comments: Listening is stunning in brushwork, color, design, and thought!  There are numerous passages where the artist’s excellence shines.  Mr. Fongwei Liu is a master of edges both hard and soft. The color is beautifully presented in his bravura brushwork. Only the most experienced hand can convey so much in so little. The quiet passages are enhanced by subtly. The contrasted edges define the movement throughout the painting. When you leave this painting you feel torn away from beauty. Bravo!  The emotional impact makes you wonder: Why is she listening? Who or what has captured her attention? - Morgan Samuel Price 

Monthly Judge's Comments (June)Love, love, love the bold strokes of paint, textures and beautiful design in this figurative piece. The rich color supported by a strong use of grays keep this expressive piece grounded, and the poetic use of turquoise and red notes capture our eyes and keep us moving through the painting bringing us to the lovely expression on the models face. - Kim Lordier



   

$1,000 Award Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Morgan Samuel Price

Portrait of Mother #01, 96" x 84" Oil, by Yunsung Jang

Juror of Awards Comments:  This Painting is emotionally compelling.  It’s impact begs for answers to your questions about her life’s experiences. There is a quiet tenderness and a sense of the harsh realities of life.  The soft edges of the head make the viewer linger through the eyes. Slowly move up to the furrowed brow. Pan the eyes once more. Move down to the nose and mouth. This is so well thought out and planned you realize this is an artist who is purposeful in all aspects. - Morgan Samuel Price
 
Monthly Judge's Comments (June):  The two entries submitted by Yunsung Jang speak volumes about heritage, history, and the process of life. The artist displays exquisite development of form, and brings honor to the craft in his expressive use of refined edges, direct observation and paint handling. One must make note that this portrait is much larger than life size, and can only be more impressive in person. - Kim Lordier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

$1,000 Award Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Morgan Samuel Price

Figurative Arrangement, 40" x --" Oil, by Warren Chang

 Juror of Awards Comments: Figurative Arrangement is forceful in it’s sheer execution of movement. You can sense the anticipation of the artist’s words to his attentive audience.  Even the onlooker at the door plays a role in leading the movement to the artist at work in his studio. Each aspect of this painting spells MASTER of ability. The level of skill needed to produce this painting is evident.  Congratulations! to a hard working artist who takes nothing for granted. - Morgan Samuel Price

Monthly Judge's Comments (November):   Figurative Arrangement by Warren Chang shows us how import story telling is in art. His excellent draftsmanship along with the way the figures are posed really drew me in to the scene. He made my eye travel to the artist at the easily but it was not the main thing that was noticed right away. Great perspective also on the floor, to further direct my eye inward. Wonderful job Warren. - Gabor Svagrik


 

   

$1,000 Award Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Morgan Samuel Price

Blue Fin Cove, 26" x 16" Oil, by John Burton

Juror of Awards Comments:

Catch your breath. The beautiful color pulls you into the swirling waters below as you gaze down on the golden rocks. The wonderful use of aerial perspective, slowly, rhythmically sashays you from the foreground to the background. Moving slowly from one rocky arrangement to another you take in each craggy edge.  The lofty position of the artist’s view enhances the illusion of height and depth. You sense the hour of the day. This is the job of the Plein Air artist. Capture the illusion of the atmosphere with due consideration for the temperature and the time of day. The wonderful use of the artist’s color will not let you leave. The artist who can produce the movement of the light is well aware of how to make the value of color drive the eye through the design by contrasted edges. The artist lures the viewer back to the beginning. Then you start the journey all over again. This scene is beautifully painted. Bravo! - Morgan Samuel Price

Monthly Judge's Comments (September)Feeling of place. The feeling of cool light and coastal atmosphere in this painting is undeniable. There is a fresh spontaneity that feels like it was painted in plein air. It has a sort of urgency and feeling of barely controlled chaos that keeps it very fresh. - Michael Orwick



 

   

$1,000 Award Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Morgan Samuel Price

Hesitant, 30" x 40"  Oil, by Dominic Avant

Juror of Awards Comments

"Children at play, especially in the water is demanding on any seasoned artist. The artist’s ability is significant. He maintained the sense of child-like wonder, innocence and a bit of trepidation. The openness of the design conveys a sophisticated use of open space. The water is beautifully and effectively painted. Notice the movement of the water and it’s transparency. The painting is enhanced by the finesse in the artist’s use of light. This required discipline to pull off this very challenging effect. The figures in their child like movements tell you the story. The mangroves help to frame the structure of this design yet merely and most noticeably tie the darks on the perimeter together. The color in the water is stunning at the feet of the children and the shallow water in the light. The artist’s edges are beautifully organized. The entire story is there. Impressive! - Morgan Samuel Price 

Monthly Judge's Comments (December):  This painting evokes one of those moments of childhood courage. It is framed up as if it was a play, the branches on each side of the composition help to move our eye in towards the main subjects that are each radiating ripples of water. There is a beautiful representation of the color, translucency and movement of water. - David Kassan


 

   

$1,000 Award Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Morgan Samuel Price

Kettle & Hue, 11" x 14" Oil, by David Cheifetz

Juror of Awards Comments

This still life is anything but still. The design work contained in this painting, outstanding! The artist rendered the content so beautifully that you sense the texture and temperature of each object in the painting. The illusion of space surrounding the objects is presented convincingly. The design compels you to move easily in and around the objects. You do not want to skip over a crease or a wrinkle. The cup and plates are cool to touch and definitely sparkly porcelain. Superlative painting. - Morgan Samuel Price 


 

Monthly Judge's Comments (March):  This work has a strong design of abstract shapes and pattern, combined with confident brushwork and good draftsmanship. The single dark mass of the kettle balances nicely with the several smaller cup and saucer shapes, which are expertly staggered and overlapped on the fabric draped shelf. Whites are expressed with carefully observed and luscious paint handling and the scattering of pale yellow keeps the eye in motion. This "still" life manages to have an energy and mystery that surpasses the individual humble cast of characters. I love it when artists take ordinary objects and imbue them with meaning and power, and I thoroughly enjoy this piece. - Linda Tracey Brandon

 

 

   

$1,000 Award Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Morgan Samuel Price

 I Dream in Aspens, 23" x 18.25" Oil, by Mara Schasteen

 Juror of Awards Comments:  The emotional impact of this painting is quiet in a stand of aspens. It makes you want to whisper. The softness of the edges of the grass add to the delicacy of this moment. It feels wonderfully still. The varied colors of green are as they should be in nature, natural. The trees are well painted and suggest subtle movement up the trunks by the use of contrast. The leaves on the aspen intentionally dance you throughout the corner. The pronounced movement through the leaves is enhanced by the subtle contrast in the shaded areas of the leaves. The artist made the value’s sing. - Morgan Samuel Price

Monthly Judge's Comments (May)A beautiful painting of Aspen trees. I like the detail of the foreground tree, especially the leaves and the warm and cool temperature shifts throughout the ground plane. The restrained use of color by the artist is an outstanding element of this work. It is sensitively done and creates a wonderful mood. - Douglas Morgan

 

   

$1,000 Award Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Morgan Samuel Price

Blocked In, 18" x 24" Oil, by Greg LaRock

 Juror of Awards CommentsThe illusion of sunlight makes you squint! This a well designed painting. Through the illusion of constant movement created by the various contrasted edges, the artist developed a sensation of the approaching heat in the mid-day sun. The color is so simply rendered it makes the light dance.  Your eye easily moves in and out of the stacked blocks on the ground. As you enter from the right on a well crafted line, it leads you to the dry docked sailboat. You dance across the top of the sailboat and wander down the curve of the haul to the man working at the marina. The clean deft brushstrokes create the sensation of the bulk of the haul. Excitement in simplicity, outstanding! - Morgan Samuel Price 

Monthly Judge's Comments (July):  Here is a wonderful example of proportions I look for and try to achieve myself. That of "1/3 to 2/3's". I will look for that in dark to light, cool to warm, intense to gray, thick to thin etc. This painting has a beautiful proportion of 1/3 red in shadow and 2/3's tonal warm and cool chromatic grays. I also really feel the scale of the boat. - Peggi Kroll Roberts



 

   

$1,000 Award Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Morgan Samuel Price

Bacchante 3, 36" x 36" Oil, by Marina Dieul

 Juror of Awards CommentsThe artistry of this highly skilled artist is never lost in obscurity. It screams in extremes of ability. The draftsmanship, design, color, edges, perspective, trompe l’ oeil illusions are remarkable. The color is beautiful.- Morgan Samuel Price

Monthly Judge's Comments (September):  Look at the amazing diversity of texture. A horned child in a party dress climbs out of a round tunnel holding her pet rabbit? I have no idea what is going on, but who cares when it is painted with this much love and creativity. - Michael Orwick


 

   

$1,000 Award Winner
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Morgan Samuel Price

Peter Devine, 30" x 24" Oil, by Scott Johnston

 Juror of Awards CommentsThe artist presentation of this gentleman is compelling. You want to meet jovial Peter Devine. You know this man is a great storyteller and the artist picked up on this aspect of his personality. It is beautifully painted with wonderful color that spells out; this artist is in the top of his game.  Notice how the hand’s gesture did not take away one thing from the expression on the subject’s face. This is a sophisticated approach to an intentionally orchestrated design. - Morgan Samuel Price

Monthly Judge's Comments (January)We have a complete sense of the subject’s pensive considerations in this beautifully painted portrait. It is an expertly crafted portrayal of the Peter Devine’s personality. - M. Stephen Doherty