8th Annual Artist’s Choice Best in Show Winners – May 2023

To contact these Best in Show artists directly for purchase inquiries or to see more of their work, please visit the 8th Annual Artist’s Choice Art Exhibition page for contact information.

Congratulations again to the winners and thank you for sharing your talent with us.

Best in Show (Traditional) – Kym Lee – “HEATBEATS” – acrylic on canvas

BIS-51-trad.-Kym-Lee-HEATBEATS-.bKym Lee is an Australian Artist based in Melbourne and studied BA of Fine Art at Curtin University. Her work is driven by a deep love and concern for animal welfare, as well as the importance of kindness and empathy towards all living beings. Her art takes many forms, including sculpture, painting, sketching, and digital art, and draws inspiration from personal and collective memories, as well as the natural world and the beauty that surrounds us. Kym believes it is crucial that we take the time to stop, recognize, and truly look at the world around us, including the animals and nature with whom we share it. Through her creations, she hopes to inspire others to reflect on the beauty and fragility of life, and prioritize compassion and respect for all living things.

To learn more about Kym and to see more of her work, she can be reached via her Email.   

Best in Show (Photography & Digital) – Jyl Blackwell – “FATAL ATTRACTION” – digital painting

BIS-43-dp.-Jyl-Blackwell-FATAL-ATTRACTION-.bJyl is a retired professional photographer whose passion for photography has not retired! She is a freelance photo retoucher and has a love of Photoshop and digital art. Her art seeks to illuminate the unseen and express emotion through the blending and interplay of digital layers. Swirling layers of gradient pixels are put into motion and painted on the digital canvas. Sometimes these layers reside on their own and sometimes they are incorporated into photographic or digital collages.

Drawing from intuition and experience and thus extracting only those elements of color, line, and luminance that define the subject, she creates a unique vision of the world around us. Leaning toward abstraction to simplify her vision, she allows the viewer to reflect upon his or her emotional response to each element or the entirety of the piece.

Jyl’s art can be found in galleries and wineries in the Seattle area. Her work has been seen in magazines and has been awarded in multiple international competitions.

To learn more about Jyl and to see more of her work, please visit her website.  

Best in Show (3 Dimensional) – Robert Obier – “ICON XRX” – mixed media on wood

BIS-1-3d.-Robert-Obier-ICON-XRX-.bThroughout the ages the master builders of the great civilizations sought to discover an organizational discipline that could provide the blueprint for achieving integrity, order and beauty in the architecture of the built world. No matter the stylistic distinctions of time, at the most elemental level, the all-consuming and elusive pursuit was to understand and to apply the laws and the principals of unity – the most fundamental tenet of creation.

Many years and many dreams have dominated my quest to unravel the secrete of this unifying code and to create a world of architecture that would fulfill the vision of my inspiration. A mysterious and sacred place. A world of order and beauty that would never come to be. An unknown and unbuilt world. Existing only in the depths of my imagination.

Now, through my art, I strive to capture the mystery of this unseen world to present, through an abstract lens, relics of what never was and fragments of what might have been. The work emerges from a doctrine, both ancient and timeless, existing only for a moment and yet perhaps forever. This place I call – The Stuff of Dreams

To learn more about Robert and to see more of his work, please visit his website.     


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