Our fifth Art competition “Botanicals” started in April 2023 and concluded on May 04, 2023. Art Room Gallery received entries from many countries around the world: USA, Turkey, Japan, Canada, Kazakhstan, Australia, Hong Kong, Germany, Italy and France. The Botanicals theme in this competition included a diversity in types, styles and mediums (oil on canvas, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, colored pencil, digital painting, photography). 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 80 artworks for inclusion in the exhibition. Aside from First, Second, and Third place Jury also presented Merit awards and Honorable Mention awards.
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I love walking through the woods searching for a glimpse of nature consisting of the extraordinary, what I call ‘a purple leaf’ or inspiration, for my natural still life colored pencil artworks. I am fascinated by natural objects composed by nature, time, and conditions that reveal this uniquely beautiful but seldom noticed natural world. The aesthetic beauty of leaves, diverse in types, shapes and colors, combined with elements of earth, water and stone, are my purple leaf or inspiration guiding my artistic journey to discover and share nature's serenity. Frank Lloyd Wright said it best: “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” While the foliage of woodland trees keeps me returning to the natural world, it’s the beautiful organic lines, the rich earth colors, the dramatic lighting, and the interesting textures that keep me there. I love to hear the sound of leaves rustling in the wind, the smell of rich moist soil, and the feeling of tranquility that comes while walking through the woods. Nature does not stand still but I strive to capture the special moments of beauty, of absolute wonder, and serenity of nature in my still life artworks.
Marjorie Moskowitz - Crested Cockscomb
(oil on canvas)
48'' x 36''
Marjorie Moskowitz, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, holds a B.S in Business, a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. in Painting from Washington University in St. Louis. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She has been represented by galleries, in the Midwest, the East and West Coasts. Her work has been widely collected and is part of many private and public collections. She currently lives in and maintains her studio in Southern California. My paintings examine mark making, the nuances of color and light in nature, involving the close observation of aspects of landscape and the amplification of these images within a space engaged in an active, bustling environment. They magnify a moment in time, and in nature, when plants are at the peak of their reproductive cycle and are fully asserting their seductive beauty/perfection/ splendor/ripeness. The focus has been on select blooms to show the importance of their smallest components.
I create larger than life floral paintings that are so alive you are sure you can smell them. This three-dimensional feeling is achieved through a highly realistic rendering of light and shadow combined with bold compositions and vibrant colours. I have been influenced by many artists. But I would have to say the most significant influence in my work is the flowers themselves. Each one is a blessing that could be so easily overlooked. I love celebrating their beauty and grace and preserving that on canvas and paper. You can see my work at bertliverance.com or Instagram @bert_liverance.