Raymar Art Painting Competition Finalists (8th Annual Competition Month #2 - May 2014)

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   May Best of Show
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Abbey Ryan

Harsh by Dennis Farris
- x 20 Oil

Judge's Comments: I find this painting incredibly exciting. The light on the cactus is electrified, and this captures how the sun can illuminate the desert in ways that are sometimes unbelievable. The artist moves the viewer through this painting by effectively balancing the articulation and the suggestion of textural detail, as well as an overall awareness of how to use contrast and edge qualities to create space. What a truly inspired painting! - Abbey Ryan







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Abbey Ryan

Roman Baths, Fiesole by Bob Upton
11 x 14 Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting epitomizes the magical light in Tuscany. I love the painterly quality of the work, and especially enjoy the family of colors used to paint the landscape off in the distance. The composition is bold and dynamic, and this makes the painting a joy to enter and explore. Gorgeous work. - Abbey Ryan







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Abbey Ryan

Misty Mountains by Susan Hediger Matteson
16 x 16 Oil

Judge's Comments: Each time I look at this painting, I see something new in it. For me, this is part of what makes painting so powerful. The artist seems quite interested in the abstraction present in this scene, and at the same time, the landscape and sky both have a strong tactile presence. This painting makes me want to go there. - Abbey Ryan







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Abbey Ryan

Runoff by Rusty Jones
24" x 18" Oil

Judge's Comments: I love how ambitious this painting is. It seems like the fallen tree across the river was the catalyst for the painting, and I love that the artist was enamored with the shadows fully covering the foreground. It’s a delight to discover the tiny spots of red in the vegetation and to see the wonderful interplay of colors in the water. This painting is a joyous celebration of nature. - Abbey Ryan







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Abbey Ryan

Nostalgia by Dean Buhler
24 x -

Judge's Comments: This is a powerful and emotional painting. For the viewer, it evokes countless thoughts about nostalgia, and there is something almost haunting about it. If you begin to feel overcome by the mood, you can pause and take refuge in the delicately painted strap of fabric over her shoulder. - Abbey Ryan







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Abbey Ryan

The Silent Guest by Naomi Marino
28" x 22" Oil

Judge's Comments: Simply put, this still life is chock full of beautiful moments. It is compositionally balanced, sensitive, and rewards the viewer with jewels of light. I find it captivating and inspiring. Well done! - Abbey Ryan







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Abbey Ryan

Orchard Moonrise by Christopher Copeland
9 x 12 Oil

Judge's Comments: This painting immediately makes me feel calm and content. The atmospheric specificity and quality of dusk light in the painting is evocative. The artist captures his own sensory response to the scene and this, in turn, conveys a palpable sensory experience for the viewer. I find myself looking at this painting for long periods of time without wanting to look away. - Abbey Ryan







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Abbey Ryan

Scherzo by Michael Siegel
14 x 18 Oil

Judge's Comments: As the title implies, the movement in this painting is pleasing and lively, and it activates the bottle form in the center of the canvas. The verticality of the bottle form smartly counterbalances the strong overall horizontal nature of the still life. My favorite part of this painting is the luminous amber-colored moment of light on the back of the bottle. - Abbey Ryan







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Abbey Ryan

Winema Silos by Nancy Wagstaff
18" x 36" Oil

Judge's Comments: The abstraction present in this painting fascinates me. The grandiose subject matter reminds me of Rackstraw Downes’ paintings, and I am intrigued by the bold horizontal composition and interplay between the repeated industrial forms with the natural forms. I also enjoy how the artist effectively uses subtle shifts of color saturation throughout the painting. - Abbey Ryan







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Abbey Ryan

Waiting for the Voyage II by christina mastrangelo
25" x 21" Oil

Judge's Comments: What I enjoy about this painting is that even though there are such strong visual components in it (book symbolism, red ribbon, triangular sails), the painting reveals itself to the viewer slowly and sensitively. The overall impact of the painting creates a mood that I find to be intriguing and mysterious. - Abbey Ryan







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Abbey Ryan

Hanging In There by Ned Mueller
14" x 11" Oil

Judge's Comments: The specificity of light in this painting is what first drew me into it. It feels like a bright overcast day, when colors look vibrant and clear. I also appreciate the overall compositional pattern of the painting – the combination of textures, repeated shapes, and complex areas balanced with simple areas. Quite ambitious! - Abbey Ryan







   Finalist
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art
Judge: Abbey Ryan

In Light of the Afternoon by Larisa Aukon
12 x 16 Oil

Judge's Comments: I celebrate this artist’s celebration of color and brush mark-making. Many years ago, I studied briefly with the late Charles Sovek, and the painterly strokes and heightened use of color in this painting helped me to remember Sovek’s work fondly. I love this sort of painting because I can feel the energetic vibration of the subject as well as the artist’s response to it. Very nice. - Abbey Ryan