Our first Art competition “Animals” started in December 2018 and concluded on January 06, 2019. Art Room Gallery received entries from many countries around the world: USA, Canada, China, Australia, Germany, Italy, Norway, Iran, Indonesia, Phillipines, United Kingdom, India, Austria, Ireland, Poland, Malta, Greece, Chille, Russia, Mexico, Switzerland and South Korea. The Animals theme in this competition included a diversity in types, styles and mediums (oil on canvas, acrylic, photography, mixed media, digital, photo on aluminum, etching, pencil, pastel, ink, watercolor, collage, graphite, drawing, chalk, charcoal, scratchboard, egg tempera). The following evaluation criteria has been used for judging the artwork: creativity, interpretation of the theme, originality and quality of art, overall design, demonstration of artistic ability, and usage of medium. Jury decided to select 72 artworks for inclusion in the exhibition. Aside from First, Second, and Third place Jury also presented Merit awards and Honorable Mention awards.
Sandy Moser is an international, award winning artist who is inspired to paint the wild creatures of the world. She is a self-taught artist, but has taken many workshops. She has studied with world renowned artists Zoltan Szabo and Cheng- Khee Chee. She has studied wildlife art through a twelve month course from North Light Art School. She has attended many workshops in watercolors, egg tempera and acrylics. Sandy has also studied wildlife art with artists Ron Decker and Derek Wicks. Her recent realistic paintings of wildlife are painted in acrylics with many glazes, but she also paints animals in gouache, pastels, scratchboard, watercolor and on silk. Painting is entirely for my pleasure and fulfillment. I am driven to create images on canvas and paper. It is something that I cannot stop. It is like breathing – it is a required part of my existence. It’s who I am and it’s part of my soul. To be able to create a story, an action, an image, is a wonderful passion to have. When the brush goes into my hand, something takes over and I am lost in the creative process. Through my paintings, I want the viewer to be able to appreciate the scenery and habitat and the beauty of these creatures. Perhaps then, they will understand how important it is that each of us must do our part to try to preserve the environment especially for their habitat. I believe that each individual has a responsibility to co-exist on this planet in a way that respects and protects wildlife and their surroundings. Being a wildlife artist allows me to give back and donate money, prints and original paintings to various causes, in particular “Hope For Wildlife” and “The Nova Scotia Nature Trust”. Sandy’s work can be found on Facebook- Sandy Moser Art.
I wanted to be a photographer when I was 15, but my mother said I could always take it up later – so that was that for 30 years! I ended up reading English at Oxford and working as a strategy consultant for a few years, both full-time and freelance, before 'retiring' at the age of 29! I then travelled round the world for seven years, doing four ski seasons and working on an internet start-up in San Francisco among other things, before finally returning to London in 2005. At that point, consulting work felt too stressful, so I decided to go 'quality of life'. I'm now a private tutor and wildlife photographer. I want to produce the most beautiful and powerful images I can, and I won’t be satisfied until I've captured images I think are worth five stars. These are my absolute favourite shots, and I've only produced around 180 of them over the years, so these are the special ones, the ones I'm most proud of. They can show any subject – not just wildlife – but they must convey the magic of being there. I started out taking 'portraits' of animals. That was all very well, and a lion may look beautiful sitting on the African savannah or a jaguar prowling through the Brazilian Pantanal, but there isn't much energy in those pictures. What I try to do now is to produce 'action shots' when the bird or animal is in motion. I still take portraits - and sometimes you don't have a choice! - but my ideal image is much more likely to be a cheetah chasing down an impala than a bird perched on a branch!
Adrianna Wasinska - Fabian is an Australian based artist, photographer and horse riding instructor as she is a passionate naturalist and traveler. In 2004 she graduated with a Master degree from the department of graphic design at Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice (Poland), specializing in painting and etching. For the last couple of years, I have been focusing on my drawing series “Horses”. In my artwork I am trying to capture horses, their movements, power and beauty from an unusual perspective. The series HORSES IN COLOUR consists of 30 drawings and the collection is still growing. The drawings had been recognized by private collectors worldwide and art juries around Australia, winning the Grand Prix at the International Drawing Biennale in Melbourne and the Cannington Art Awards in Perth, and reaching the finals at the Rockingham Art Awards and the Contemporary Art Awards in Brisbane.