5th Annual Artist’s Choice Featured Artists & Best in Show Winners

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Traditional Art

Brian Allen

I begin painting with rollers, large brushes and paint flying everywhere. My first layers are loose as I block in color and create the foundation for what’s to come. I create the next layers with brushes, palette knives, and other objects to bring contrast and variety to my work. I start with a plan, but often don’t stick to it. Instead, I let the painting guide me where it needs to go.

I work primarily in oils and spray paint and have discovered that together they are able to create a contrasting balance between both the vibrant colors and the colder, dull colors I strive for in my pieces.

As I have grown as an artist, I found that I use elements associated with fine art, such as light, form and composition and make them dance with disparity against the rawness of street art. The commotion this creates is often echoed by a stillness, where together, they highlight the focal point. I am infatuated with abstraction and use it to set the mood and create a world in which my paintings live.

Painting is the way I am able to communicate and express myself. My work comes from a vulnerable place and I let the honesty in what I feel pour onto the canvas. It is a testimony to my life experiences, who I have become and am becoming, and it is how I choose to share my life with the world.

If you are interested in seeing more of Brian’s work, please email him directly.  Visit the 5th Annual Artist’s Choice Exhibition here.

Best in Show
Photography & Digital Art

Sheri Emerson

Sheri has been a photographer her entire life, from a child snapping pictures with her 110 camera, to her first SLR, and finally into the digital world. She also has been an artist her entire life, winning her first art competition at the grand old age of five. In the past few years, she has intensively studied both Photoshop and Lightroom to learn how to enhance her photography and turn it into digital art.

She has been published in “Living the Photo Artistic Life” magazine, “Photoshop Creative UK” magazine, “Conceptual Images” magazine, “A5 Magazine”, “MagazineGSPDigital”, and “Fine Eye Magazine” for fine art photography. She was recently named a finalist in the Photographer’s Forum 38th Annual Spring Photography Competition and was one of 40 artists selected to participate in a year-long exhibition celebrating ACLU of Arizona’s 60th Anniversary.

She has placed in the top ten in nine Light, Space and Time competitions, has received several “Best in Show” awards, placed second in the SINWP “Creatures Great and Small” competition and earned a Gold Award in their member competitions, has earned a Best in Show and won an Artist Spotlight Solo Art Exhibition on Fusion Art, and has been exhibited at galleries in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona and Greece. Sheri splits her time between Arizona and Labrador, Canada, and is dedicating herself to pushing her photography and digital art even further.

Please visit Sheri’s website if you are interested in seeing more of her work. Visit the 5th Annual Artist’s Choice Art Exhibition here.

Best in Show

Mary F. Vivo

Creating Housculptures helps me connect with different structures and their surroundings and to show their importance and simplicity. A bus station, once vital but perhaps forgotten, is resurrected. I am able to combine the use of a variety of materials that I like to work with mainly: wood, colored pencil, paper, board, markers and paint.

My choice of subject has evolved from single homes to scenes and obscure historical structures. I try to recapture the feeling of the landmark and the era in which it thrived.

My current work brings together my past and present: my past love of certain places and my exploration of new places and buildings along with my love for detail.

The piece is complete after I add minor, but important individual nuances that help make the Housculpture come alive.

Please visit Mary’s website if you are interested in seeing more of her work. Visit the 5th Annual Artist’s Choice Art Exhibition here.

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