The top five artists in each category were given awards in the 4th Annual Colors international online art exhibition. Below are the biographies and/or artist’s statements along with the artist’s websites or emails.
Please visit the 4th Annual Colors Art Exhibition Page and contact the artists directly for purchase inquiries or to see more of their work.
Congratulations again to all the winners and thank you for sharing your talent with us.
Best in Show
Anthony R. Whelihan
As a portrait artist, I believe everyone shows their life on their face. From past experiences to the present, and even some of the future. The face is an expression of the experiences of ones self, or lack there of. I have always used bold primary color in my work. Color can alter mood and excite the imagination, enticing the viewer to look beyond the surface. The portrait takes center stage with images emerging from within, fading and evolving into another. Look close, then look again, as what you first see may be but a fragment of the story being told. Learning to look, is the vision to see.
If you are interested in seeing more of Anthony’s work, please email him directly.
Best in Show
(Digital & Photography)
Born and raised in France, I immigrated to the US in my early twenties. I have lived in New York since then.
I started as a sculptress of life-size sculptures, then switched to photography and video. Even though my work is photo based I now work almost exclusively on my computer. My artistic practice has evolved with the various materials I have used, from plaster and chicken wire to my digital tools.
I explore the full potential of all my materials and tools until they lead me to unknown places in an endless proceess of discovery.
Please visit Carmen’s website if you are interested in seeing more of her work.
Best in Show
Rose M. Peltier
Rose lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and works out of her Studio just outside of Escanaba. She has always had an interest in art and is self taught. She began sewing at a young age and continues today creating art quilts, handbags, clothing, jewelry and fiber art. She joined a local theater group and designed costumes for many of their productions. Rose is the owner of Superior Quilting, llc, is a member of the Bonifas Art Center, East Ludington Art Gallery and the Bay de Noc Quilt Guild. She has taught, held workshops, lectures, designed patterns and dyes fabric for use in her projects. She has won numerous awards for her quilting and fiber art. Rose continues to challenge herself and is inspired by all that surrounds her and by those who share their craft. Her style and interest is continually evolving and with an open mind, heart and spirit, her creative exploration continues.
Rose’s entry “Marley” was her first sculpture, completing it in 2017. It took nine months to complete after researching skeletal and muscular structure, tools and materials, designing, creating the pattern, carving, application of fabric and the final touches. The body is constructed with foam, muslin, gesso, wood, leather and snippets of fabrics. The mane consists of 4,500 fabric tubes made individually then applied and the eyes are created with leather and 1″ marbles.
Rose is currently working on a new technique that she is calling ART Squared(c) which is represented by the entry “Fall”. This technique is created by cutting fabric into very small squares (1/8″ x 1/8″) and using it much like you would paint. A drawing is done on canvas or other material, glue is applied and then the squares, giving the piece an impressionistic appearance.
Rose’s final piece titled “Spirals” is a study in creating fiber art with fabric. In addition to the spirals, fabric tubes were wrapped in a continuous fashion to create large circles of color.
Please email Rose directly if you are interested in seeing more of her work.
Currently, Melody (Jun Min Park) is a student of Parsons School of Design Class of 2023, transferring to The Cooper Union Class of 2024 this fall. Melody is a self-taught artist. She grew up in Seoul, South Korea with a very academic background. She is the first artist of the family.
In 2017, Melody dropped out of Daewon Foreign Language High School, the most prestigious high school in Korea. It took her a year to convince her parents to let her study abroad in the U.S. The year went by with her mom screaming, cursing, shaming, and spanking her. She resented God for giving her such a useless talent, for giving her the heart that craved beautiful things. And God presented Melody the miracle of her mother letting her go to the U.S for her junior year as an Academic Exchange Student.
There she met her host mother, Lisa Stegman, an art graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art. At school, although she didn’t take any art classes being insecure about her being self-taught and still scared of her mother, one of the many AP classes she took rather made her realize my true artistic talent and define what her real identity was, as she became famous as the ‘artist exchange student’ through the 20 Time Project she did with the topic of ‘How to Influence the World with Art.’
The summer after her junior year, Melody told her mother she wanted to go to an art school. She decided that she don’t say it now, she will ruin the rest of her life. Even as she left for Massachusetts that August, none of her family supported her. The only change was that she openly announced her dream.
Massachusetts is where Melody finished her senior year in the U.S. as an F-1 visa International Student. The state was chosen by her parents this time, hoping the ‘Massachusetts education’ would change her. But Massachusetts is where Melody shined the brightest and proved herself a true artist. There she took her first art class and art clubs, tried her first oil painting, and surrounded herself for the first time with so many other artists. She won her first official art award, had her first art exhibition, and her name in the newspaper. At the end of the year, Melody stood in the mirror and looked at the girl who achieved so many things people told her she couldn’t, and she was there having been filmed on TV, awarded the Scholastic National Award, accepted to numerous prestigious art schools, and handed numbers from people wanting to purchase her art(although she never did).
And here she is in New York City as a Parsons student. And here she is accepted to The Cooper Union as a transfer, Early Decision, destined to become a greater artist than she is today.
You can see more of her work on her Instagram.
Ami J. Sanghvi is a 25-year-old, female, Indian-American, Hindu-Jain, queer author, visual artist, activist, and MMA fighter. She’s published four poetry/poetic-prose books at this time, and is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Her written work was recently published in Awakenings (The Nightingale), For Women Who Roar’s e-book, “Me Too,” The Showbear Family Circus, and Rigorous Magazine. Furthermore, Sanghvi’s photos also appeared in two of Fusion Art’s recent exhibitions, as well as on the front and back covers of High Shelf Press’s Issue XIV. Her photographic work also appeared 2020 Los Angeles stARTup Art Show, and is set to appear in Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing, the Moving Force Journal, and the Santa Clarita Artists Association’s March-April 2020 art exhibition, titled “Vintage.”
Please visit Ami’s website if you are interested in seeing more of her work.
Throughout Sharon’s life, she’s always been fascinated with the bright colors and light. This interest was furthered when she met several neon artists who were willing to teach her how to bend glass. From that point forward, Sharon has included neon as a component in her own art.
Her style is not meant to be heavily analyzed: it is made with the purpose to bring a joyful awareness to mother nature. Through her art, she gives the viewer the opportunity to enter her whimsical world. Each of her intricate free-standing pieces are crafted by combining her two loves, glass and neon, both of which represent different themes in her work.
For more information about Sharon and her work, please visit email her directly.
Diane Morgan envisions a painting in almost everything she sees. Adding drama and mystery through the use of powerful lighting, exaggerated contrasts and unusual compositions, she strives to transform simple, everyday life into un-ordinary, not-so-still life. By taking an ordinary subject and enhancing its perception, the viewer is invited to take a closer look. If you look closer, experience something in a different light, you may discover something new about yourself. Its wonderful how the medium takes command. The artist starts the process, but the paint takes charge and leads the work to a sometimes unintended outcome. It’s always exhilarating.
To see more of Diane’s work please visit her website.
Photography is Gareth’s artistic release. Beginning photography in 2015, Gareth bring his imagination, vision and inquisitive mind to visual life following a successful career as a forensic scientist.
Gareth’s art explores bold abstracts or unique perspectives created from his original photographs or digital art pieces.
Gareth wants to present moments of beauty, quiet joy or intrigue in balance with the need to draw attention to important issues. Everyone needs a break from today’s unending negative news and Gareth attempts to provide a breather from the stress of today’s world. He still brings difficult issues into his art – but is convinced that balance is the critical life component and as such, hopes his art will heal this disparate world through creative expressions, thoughtful moments and visual enjoyment or challenge.
Gareth photographs everything, big and small, that makes him stop, look, think, smile, or feel and then puts his unique take on it. Gareth’s images are that gift – a moment of balance, to find something in the image. His curiosity fuels the exploration of the world and the abstract, nature, urban and imaginative images that arise.
Gareth believes that whenever viewers purchase or comment on images, they connect with him. Often that connection is the breather he provides. He’s touching people with his images and that is his inspiration. His art can be found in private collections in Canada but have also sold around the world. Gareth has been a medalist in various competitions including one of the world’s oldest photography competitions, the International Salon of Photography.
Please visit Gareth’s website if you are interested in seeing more of his work.
I love color, vibrancy, and bold design. These are what ignite my soul and fuel my spirit. Whether it’s a crimson sunset, a bold runway ensemble, or a fresh sprig of basil on a balsamic glazed Caprese salad, my passion is in transforming everyday objects into innovative glass designs through sensory observation, imagination and meticulous technique.
I’ve worked in painting, drawing, and ceramics. But fused glass is the single medium that allows me the full expression of my unbridled creativity. My positive, energetic outlook informs my approach to both life and art, and my work speaks to the joy and exuberance I feel in my everyday surroundings and community.
Art enriches the soul and brings light to everyone. When someone connects to my colorful outlook on life, I want them to be able to bring my creations into their home, their office or share it with friends and family.
My custom work allows me to design pieces based on your unique take on the world. We can work within your chosen color palette and sense of design to create one of a kind pieces, wall hangings, installations or functional decor elements that reflect your individual style and spirit.
My studio door is open by appointment. I can’t wait to create art that engages your soul and speaks to your passion and imagination.
To see more of Jacki’s work, please visit her website.
Cher Pruys was born in Regina. Over the years she lived in many places including Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Fort Frances, settling into her present home in Devlin, on the banks of the Rainy River with her husband Mark, 4 dogs and 2 cats.
By age three, Cher was seldom found without a drawing tool in hand. She worked in pencil, charcoal and ink over the years, until, she picked up a paintbrush at the age of 35. Beginning with oil paints, she found her chosen mediums in acrylic, water color and gouache.
Although self taught, her dedication and talent has seen her work juried into 98 International exhibits, as well as exhibits in numerous non juried shows. She has won 72 awards for her work at the International Juried Exhibits. Included in these awards, the first recipient of a major Canadian National Award, The Mary Pratt Crystal Award of Excellence at the 2014 SCA Open Juried Exhibition, The SCA 1st place award of distinction twice respectively, 2016, and 2017 at The Canada’s 150 show. The Gold Medal recipient for Figurative Painting in The Mondial Art Academia’s International 2018 Competition. The Aviation Week & Space Technology Award Best of the Best, and the ASAA Award of Distinction for the best painting in the ASAA International Space & Technology Exhibit & Competition, consecutively for 2 years. She has had 14 solo exhibits. Cher is also an avid fused glass artist, and a certified teacher of piano and guitar. Her painting “The Bubble” had the honour of being part of the Masterworks from The International Guild of Realism Tour. She Was Elected to the American Society of Aviation Artists as an artist member in 1996, and eventually Was elected as a Foreign Affiliate Artist Fellow, one of only two Canadians receive this honour. Her work has graced the covers of 3 books, 14 magazines, and has-been featured in over 50 international publications. Cher’s works have found a permanent home in private and public collections worldwide.
Cher’s artistic style can be described as Realism with a hint of Abstract in her
To see more of Cher’s work, please visit her website.
Barbara Mierau-Klein is a digital artist recognized for her multi-layered, imaginative and colorful fine art images. A native of Germany, Barbara lives in the Washington, D.C. area but often travels the world as a passionate landscape and nature photographer since her teenage years.
Barbara’s digital art images reflect her fascination with the beauty of colors and the moods and emotions they evoke. Highly stylized cityscapes and nature are subjects she often turns to. Her images are creatively layered collages of original photography, whimsical elements, rich textures and other effects that add complexity and intrigue to her art.
Barbara’s work has been exhibited at several galleries in the US and Europe and was awarded numerous awards. Her work also appears regularly in international art magazines. She is represented locally by Waverly Street Gallery in Bethesda, MD.
To see more of Barbara’s work, please visit her website.
Darko Stanic was born in 1978 in Sarajevo. He graduated from the (Secondary) School for Applied Arts in 1997 in Sarajevo. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, Department of Sculpture, in 2002 as the valedictorian of his class. He received his MFA in 2008. He has been member of the BH Association of Fine Artists (ULUBIH) since 2002. He is currently teaching at the Department of Sculpture, Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo. He is an awarded artist who participated in international biennials, arts festivals, and exhibited independently and with other artists.
To learn more about Darko and his work, please email him directly.
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