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Best in Show (Traditional) – Kathy M Paulus – “Jaguar” – scratch art
Kathy Paulus resides in Moreno Valley, California. She considers herself a self-taught artist specializing in pastel work. She specializes in pet/wild animal portraits and still life subjects. She has done many commissioned animal portraits and enjoys the joy it brings to a devoted pet owner. She enjoys realism and the challenge to capture the real beauty in animals. She has a special love for horses and all wild cats. She also enjoys working with colored pencils on drafting paper.
She has been exploring scratch art and she became a member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artist in 2018. She alternates working with pastels and scratch work. She is an active member of the Redlands Art Association in Redlands, California and Yucaipa Vision Quest Art Association in Yucaipa, California. She is involved in the international group of artist and photographers, Paint My Photo. She is also involved in many online groups as well.
She enjoys teaching in workshops and demos to share the knowledge she has obtained through the years in the area of pastels and scratch art. She enters many local and international art shows and has won many awards for her pastel work and Scratch art.
Kathy’s artwork can be seen on her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ElipisFineArt
Best in Show (Photography & Digital) - Hunter Johnson - "Midnight at Panamint Springs" – digital photography
An interest in strong images that build a moving narrative began with stacks of National Geographics in my grandparents’ attic. Along the way, I’ve been influenced by most every photograph, painting, or other graphic image I’ve seen.
My photography comes out of my training and work as an architect and as a sociologist; both create a combined vision of how individuals and society interact with our built and natural environments, an ecology of our culture. Through my camera I work to capture specific details that isolate a strong graphic element, reveal what otherwise might not be seen, create an insight into our common humanity, and, in the best case, combine to tell a story that stirs unexpected feelings and enriches our lives.
As an artist, I approach the world as a flâneur, looking for images that are intuitive and of the moment, rarely planned or staged. If my photographs were words, I would like them to be Haikus.
A major component of my recent work is a continuing series, The Injuries of Time. Inspired by Thomas Church’s Course of Empire and Byron’s Childe Harold, the series records artifacts of man’s attempts to tame the natural world and how these survive, (or don’t) over time. In ruins, we see the intersection of man’s striving to conquer nature and nature’s response: converting indoors into outdoors. To keep our fast-changing world in perspective we must acknowledge that any creation decays over time.
In response to what seems an increasingly mechanical and intellectual method of presenting my work thru traditional digital methods, I have begun to explore alternative, hand-made processes including carbon transfer printing and photogravure solar plate etchings. Several of the images submitted here are printed with these processes.
Hunter’s website is www.hunterjohnson.us.
Best in Show (3 Dimensional) - Joséphine Tambwe Feza Kabibi - "Hemba Status” – copper metal
My name is Tambwe Feza Kabibi Joséphine. I am a professional copper drummer artist (Metal Battu) from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). I create copper paintings as well as copper doors for living rooms, bedrooms, offices, nightclubs.
I started my artistic career at the age of seventeen in Kinshasa (Drc) in 1989. After the death of my father, I was unable to continue with schooling and learned the copper trade through an apprenticeship with Master Joseph Mutete. Although he died years ago, he left me an immense treasure of this skill.
Eventually I saw fit to open my studio and set off on a great adventure and I have enjoyed a 32-year career.
Joséphine can be reached via her email.
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