“All Women” Art Exhibition 2022 – Overall Category

The Overall Winning Artists Category consists of the 10 Best Entries received from the 3 media categories of the Painting & Other Category, Photography & Digital Category and the 3 Dimensional Art categories. 

The winning artists will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of February 2022 and thereafter, the artworks and links to the artist’s websites will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives.

The overall winning artists’ category of the 11th Annual "All Women" Art Exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity and promotion.  In addition, the overall winning artists will also receive extensive worldwide publicity in the form of email marketing, 550+ press release announcements, event announcement posts and social media marketing. 

Winning artists will also have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on ArtJobs/ArtWeek. Artweek/Artjobs produces 800,000 page impressions per month, 280,000 website visitors per month and has 30,000 newsletter subscribers.  

Congratulations to our artists who made our 11th Annual “All Women” Art Exhibition so successful this month. At any time, we invite our winners and other interested visitors to link their websites to the Gallery’s Archive section for further ongoing promotion.

The Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery will have digital “All Women” Award Certificates, Event Postcard, and Press Releases sent to the winning artists within the next few weeks. Thank you to all of the artists who participated and for being a part of the gallery.  To return to the “All Women” Home Page click here.

To view the artwork in the image gallery’s below, click on a thumbnail image and that will take you to the Slide Show, which will then contain larger images. Artists can now post their images directly to their social media networks (See lower left-hand side of the Lightbox).  In order to leave the Slide Show at any time, just click on the X at the upper right side of the Lightbox in order to escape and that will take you back to the thumbnails images.

1st Place – Overall - Sophie Parkhill - "Crabtivated”

1st Place – Overall - Sophie Parkhill - "Crabtivated” – www.spwildlifeart.comI am a self-taught wildlife & portrait artist in North Wales, UK. With only a small amount of basic school art studied, I rekindled my love for art back in 2019 with a Blue Jay painting after being inspired by Jason Morgan. It was then, that I realised I wanted to aim for realism with my work, in the hopes of one day achieving hyper-realism in my work.

Predominantly I focus on wildlife, whilst also taking on pet portrait commissions. However, since the lockdowns began, I decided to push myself to work on something outside of my comfort zone, which included a range of human portraits. These gained a lot of appreciation from fellow artists and followers and ultimately started a new journey of human portrait commissions being taken alongside my animal commissions.

Through 2021, just 2 years after beginning my art again, I have become a member of the Association of Animal Artists, gained several awards and exhibited in several exhibitions across the UK. Including the very prestigious Royal Society of Marine Artists annual exhibition in London.

Sophie’s website is www.spwildlifeart.com

2nd Place – Overall - Arlene Buster - "Handheld Webcam Cafe”

2nd Place – Overall - Arlene Buster - "Handheld Webcam Cafe” – www.arlenebuster.comIn the words of Marshall McLuhan, “Technology is just not a happenstance and not just something that got there when nobody was noticing and so, we are responsible for our technologies and the effects of our technologies, as we are responsible for tidying up our grammar.”

I have created my series Absence of Privacy because I believe everyone has a right to privacy. Likewise, I believe that most unscripted moments in life, should remain unscripted and free from a world of webcams. To illustrate the ways in which webcams have invaded our lives, I have painted these works with oil on canvas. I paint the figure in everyday settings as they are being watched through a surveillance camera or webcam.

My interest in this topic began when I created a still-life oil painting of a webcam for my Contemporary Painting class in 2011. It felt eerie and overpowering. It was agitating to see a webcam up-close staring at me. For this reason, I began reflecting on the multitude of cameras that were gawking at me throughout the day. Prior to this, I had never given this much attention. As I read articles about privacy abuses, I felt compelled to communicate these issues through painting. First, I begin with the process of sifting through online publications for privacy violations. Research is an integral element of visualizing and developing the concepts I wish to illustrate. After I have some ideas to portray, I will then take photographs. After I have a workable image, I will alter it with data glitches and pixelizations. The computer errors unite throughout the image to give birth to new fragmented shapes.

My oil on canvas paintings varies in sizes from medium to large. I like to experiment with color to accentuate the mood in my series. To illustrate the chilling effects of technology, I use a consistent blue hue in my artworks. As an example of webcam hacking, I painted, I Hacked Into Your Computer. In this painting, the male model is sitting alone at his dining room table, reading a book. He is not aware that someone has hijacked the video camera on his computer and is watching him. In the Women’s Bathroom Surveillance, we are viewing a woman spied on while she washes her hands. In the painting titled “Handheld Webcam Cafe” the male figure is sitting enjoying his meal, while someone is recording him from their laptop. He is not cognizant of being viewed on the patron’s camera. Oil paints and brushes give me the ability to communicate the invasion of privacy. The models, in my figurative works, are posed as if they were being viewed through webcams and surveillance.

Throughout all of my works, I also use glitches and pixels to depict corrupted signals of data. Digital technology is an important achievement in our generation. While making life better through communication and safeguarded in unthinkable ways, the privacy we formerly embraced is rapidly disappearing. Therefore, my paintings seek to present these matters to the fore. Perhaps then, we as a society, can impart careful thought as to how to manage these issues.

Arlene’s website is www.arlenebuster.com    

3rd Place – Overall - Susan van Wyk - "Weathering the storm”

3rd Place – Overall - Susan van Wyk - "Weathering the storm” – sfourie54@gmail.comSusan is a digital artist, specializing in fantasy and escapism art, combining her great love for photography with her love for literature. She finds inspiration from her fascination with movement; horses, ballet and the movement of life.

Susan creates her photos with the sole purpose to inspire a story in her audience, to remind each one that views her photos that there is beauty in the mundane and unexpected, to rekindle the childlike wonder in believing the unbelievable and, lastly, not to take yourself too seriously.

She has a background in the theatre and performing arts. Susan completed several photography courses at DPC, she is a member of the Awake Group, founded by Sebastian Michaels and has been published in the My Photo Artistic Life international magazine several times. She has also been placed 7th in the 2021 Seascape competition.

Susan can be reached via her Email.        

4th Place – Overall - Jyl Blackwell – “Twin Flames”

4th Place – Overall - Jyl Blackwell – “Twin Flames” – Jyl@JylArt.comJyl 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.

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 numerous magazines, she was a finalist for KelbyOne's Gallery competition and has been awarded "merit" in multiple international competitions.

Jyl can be reached via Email.  

5th Place – Overall - Yuqian Sun – “Artificial Fairies - Please Don't Go”

5th Place – Overall - Yuqian Sun – “Artificial Fairies - Please Don't Go” – www.yuqiansun.comYuqian Sun was born in Shenzhen, China in 1997. Without receiving any artistic influence from her family, her dream of becoming an artist sprouted when she was 4. She started studying art since then. In 2011, her long journey of studying abroad began. She came to the United States for high school. After graduating from Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, she continued pursing a BFA degree in University of Michigan, and graduated in 2019. Fascinated by the art of visual storytelling and the potential of decorative elements in her artworks, she entered the M.F.A in illustration program in University of Hartford and studied till today. Received her first 2 ball-jointed-dolls as the present for her 14th birthday, she falls in love with these resin dolls and started collecting them. In her high school and college time, she took dolls out to the forest and wild every week to practice out-door photography, and kept posting on photography platforms to share with other doll collectors. She published her first doll photography book titled Picture Scroll of the Maidens at the age of 21.

Her skills and aesthetics kept evolving, and helped her discover a more and more vivid personal style over the years. Her work always reflect how much she adores the unique beauty of these dolls and the history behind doll aesthetics in various cultures. Her photography approach is a mixture of still life and portraits. She keeps exploring that invisible but concrete line between doll photography and portraits of real people.

In 2015, after noticing that multiple followers had commented about how her photography work always had a dynamic but balanced composition and impactful yet harmonious color palette, which reminded them of classical oil paintings, Yuqian started to realize the endless aesthetics potential of her photography work. It is her opportunity to let this creativity reach to the field of fine art paintings. Starting from 2016, she tried to combine the two areas and turn her best doll photos into watercolor or oil paintings. Since then, dolls have turned from a pure hobby into a significant and unique aspect of her original artwork.

The original purpose of portrait paintings is leaving records for people’s appearances. People’s facial features are everchanging because of their age, life experiences and mood. Therefore, capturing a certain moment in one’s life is pricelessly meaningful. But what about dolls? It is true that they are always capable of holding a perfect smile. Their adorable appearances never age. If their beauty is a reflection of doll artists’ ideal form of human beings, instead of their eternality compare to humans, why do writers and film artists always emphasize on the absence of soul, which seems to be the only flaw of their existence?

Artificial Fairies is an on-going watercolor series of portraits Yuqian does for her dolls. Unlike how modern literature and art portrays doll as, Yuqian aimed for creating artworks that turn these externally lifeless models into internally living objects. She focuses on capturing the subtle expression of these lively dolls, creating an illusion that they are actually breathing, smiling, and about to talk with their gem-like eyes. At the same time, she makes the joints and the solid surface of them very noticeable, highlighting the fact that they are only an imitation of human beings.

This series of paintings was discussed the most at her first personal exhibition “Sand·Gold”, held in Shenzhen, China in 2018. It stimulates her audiences’ imagination, creating a narrative mysterious narrative that questions: what if these dolls are actually living souls encaged by a silent, immobile shell? In these paintings, dolls are always surrounded by flowers, which have flaws but still full of vitality. The contrast between the dolls and the plants creates this poetic space that makes her audiences re-consider where the borderline of life and lifelessness is.

Yuqian currently focuses on watercolor, oil paintings and illustration-related work. The emotional intensity that emerges in the poetic flow of translucent color is the reason of her obsession of the medium. Watercolor is a medium full of unpredictability and transience. No matter how experienced the artist is with controlling the water and paint, there will always be some surprising texture and color-mixing created. The flow is like the invisible breath of the water and the gravity. It is formless, but the trace of pigments and granulation gets to preserve it and turn into a romantic evidence of an ordinary painting moment. It makes a normal day of an artist’s life unique and impossible to copy, like how ancient insects are preserved in ambers. Isn’t that similar to photography?

When working on representational paintings with watercolor, Yuqian thinks of it as capturing a solid form with a water, light and emotion, all shapeless materials. It is significant and meaningful when her understanding about not only the technique, but also the philosophy hidden behind this art approach gets more in-depth.

Yuqian’s website is www.yuqiansun.com

6th Place – Overall - Krista Oremus – “A Knights Steed”

6th Place – Overall - Krista Oremus – “A Knights Steed” – https://kristaoremus.comKrista Oremus is an award winning self-taught color pencil and graphite artist. Her father experimented with graphite and charcoal. Watching the art come to life on paper ignited her art passion. At the tender age of 3 years old, her parents put a paintbrush in her hand and let her paint the walls in her room. When she was 16 years old, she painted a mural of a brightly colored unicorn on her wall that is still preserved in the house where she grew up. She stepped away from actively creating pieces for some years, as adult life demands took all her time. Her heart has led her back where she belongs, and now she doesn’t go a day without picking up a pencil to create something even if only a quick sketch or doodle.

Krista is continuously looking for ways to improve her techniques and is currently studying with Bonny Snowdon’s Ignite Academy. She is exploring fur techniques as well as dipping her toe into the world of abstract art and even surrealism. She finds that creating abstracts and neurographic art is very cathartic and meditative. Florals and still life pieces offer her a change from fur strokes and offer their own challenges. Color pencils have come a long way since she was a child, and Krista takes full advantage of using superior quality color pencils in her art such as Faber Castell Polychromos, Caran D’Ache Luminance and Derwent Lightfast pencils. Each piece is painstakingly burnished using traditional color pencil techniques instead of using solvents. She enjoys challenging herself with each piece, choosing subjects with complicated textures or reflections.

Her current pieces include an intriguing series of carousel horses. Her work “Leopard Eye” was published in SAA Paint Magazine in 2019. Her piece “Into The Night” won 5th place in Fusion’s juried 6th annual Artist Choice Exhibition in 2021. Recently, her work “Favored Steed” received Best in Show in Fusion’s 7th Annual Artist’s Choice exhibition. Many other pieces have received Honorable Mention, Special Recognition and Special Merit awards.

Krista’s website is https://kristaoremus.com  

7th Place – Overall - Maureen Ravnik - "Night Stalker”

7th Place – Overall - Maureen Ravnik - "Night Stalker” – www.maureenravnik.crevado.comARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Maureen Ravnik was born and raised in Minnesota. A brief visit to Colorado sold her on attending college there to pursue a career in sales & marketing. She stayed and never looked back. Working and traveling a lot in that discipline opened her eyes to the wonders of the American west and reawakened childhood tendencies to creatively document her discoveries. She began making images of the American west in hopes of preserving the history, the culture, and the dreams that shaped the west.

Maureen has accomplished many things with her photography including images placed in the Audubon International Top 250, local, national and international juried photography exhibitions, winning placements in monthly club competitions, state park calendars, images selected for use by the City of Littleton, and many images selected as editor picks on National Geographic and for publication. Her work has been the subject of several newspapers. She has co-authored 2 books that document the history, beauty and environment of the second largest natural area in the country.

She was listed by LightSpaceTime.art as one of the top ten photographers to watch for in 2018. She was also selected for a month-long solo exhibition by LightSpaceTime.art for April, 2019. At the end of 2019, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announced their “Year in Review” recap. This annual feature reviews and promotes the gallery’s 12 top winning artists for the 12 individual monthly art exhibitions. In 2019, the gallery received more than 9,703+ entries for their art competitions and Maureen’s art was selected for what the gallery considered to be one of the best 13 entries from their themed exhibitions. Maureen was selected again for a 2-week, solo showcase by LightSpaceTime.art for March, 2020 and January, 2021.

Maureen has also served as a juror for the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Colorado.

ARTIST STATEMENT: Maureen is an emerging talent whose methods and techniques are largely self-taught. Part of Maureen’s time is spent outdoors taking in and capturing scenery, wildlife, and exploring other methods for interpreting and sharing what she sees and experiences along the way. She is deeply inspired by the work of Ansel Adams and Art Wolfe. Part of Maureen’s work is also derived from her imagination. Her greatest satisfaction comes from taking the file from the camera and into the computer to develop composites. The results reflect her personal feelings and beliefs, events, culture, etc. that are best expressed through artistic interpretations.

Maureen’s website is www.maureenravnik.crevado.com   

8th Place – Overall - Debbie Patrick – “Snacktime”

8th Place – Overall - Debbie Patrick – “Snacktime” – www.debbiepatrickart.comAt the age of 14, Debbie Patrick began studying portraiture in pastels under Guy Bernardo and received her first professional commission that same year. Upon moving to San Francisco, she became a street artist, offering sketches and paintings of the city's colorful Victorian homes. She eventually opened her own gallery, and expanded into many different media, including watercolor, silkscreen, lithography and ceramics. After 25 years, Debbie has returned to her first love, painting portraits of both people and animals.

Being already proficient at pastels, she studied the classical method of oil painting with Behrouz Mirdadian. Alternating between oils and pastels, she lets the subject, the texture and the quality of light she wants to achieve dictate the medium used. Soft pastels work beautifully when rendering fur and feathers, so are well-suited for animal studies. She strives to capture a subject’s unique personality or mood, especially as reflected in their eyes or through a certain gesture. In addition to fine art work, Debbie has also illustrated a children’s book about art called Artemous’s Brush with Adventure (jdpbooks.com).

As a member of several art organizations, including the Pastel Society of the West Coast (Distinguished Artist status), Pastel Society of America, the Marin Society of Artists and Golden Gate Marin Artists, Debbie has exhibited and won awards in juried shows across the United States. She was featured in PSWC's 1st Art Collector Edition of 20 top pastelists in the United States and her work has also appeared in Pastel Journal Magazine, National Pen Women Magazine and West Coast Review.

More of her work can be viewed at www.debbiepatrickart.com.

9th Place – Overall - Judy Fan – “Princess-M”

9th Place – Overall - Judy Fan – “Princess-M” – http://judyfan.comJudy is a Chicago based Oil painter. Born and raised in China she came to the United States to pursue her college degree. Since her childhood, art always had a special place in her heart. But not until recent years did she decide to follow her heart and use her paintings to document her life and express her feelings. Her artwork has been juried into finalists in Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition and published in Southwest Art Magazine and Artist Portfolio Magazine. She was also selected to be the cover artist of Artist Portfolio Magazine. Judy’s artwork continues to receive accolades and awards in recent showings throughout Chicagoland. Her recent exhibitions included “Alliance of Fine Art Best of the Best show” and “Humans Merely Being-seven artists portray the unique beauty of the human image and the strength of the human spirit”.

“My art is mostly from my own life experiences, the town I've been living in for years, places I visited in the past, the house I live in, my children’s activities and people I met. I painted people or the moments in my life that moved me. I hope the viewers will relate my artwork to their own life” remarks Judy. While Judy paints various subjects including portraits, figures (clothed or nudes), landscapes and still life, portraits are always Judy’s favorite. She is fascinated by every human face, whether an old woman in Nepal or a little girl next door. She not only wants to paint an individual's face but his/her soul.

When asked about her painting style, Judy described her style as classic realism with a contemporary approach. She wants to show painterly quality of her work not photo realistic or total classic realism. She likes to use an abstract background to her portrait to show some contemporary feeling and use bold brush strokes to evoke emotions and inject energy. For medium choice, she loves Oil. She feels Oil as a medium is very forgiving. She likes to make changes or adjust while painting. “Using Oil, I am free to make mistakes as I know I can always correct later if I want to.” Judy stated. As far as painting method, Judy paints from life and also from photos. She uses the Alla Prima method of direct painting. She first loosely outlines the figure or face using a brush. Then she blocks in the colors, from face to body to background. After that she comes back to correct values and add details. Before the painting is done, she checks the overall effect, including light and shadow, values, edges, and then adds darkest and lightest at the end.

Judy credits some of today’s respected names in the field for inspiring her to continue to move her work to the next level – David Leffel, Sherry McGuire, Daniel Greene, John Howard Sanden, Chris Saper, Clayton J. Beck III, Jeff Watts, Morgan Weistling, Jeremy Lipking, Dan Gerhartz, Scott Burdick, Cesar Santos and Aaron Westerberg. Great artists known throughout history for their portraits such as Sargent, Sorolla, Zorn and Fechin captivated Judy’s attention and love for art even before she began to paint. Judy studied at Watts Atelier of the Arts and Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts.

To view more of her artworks please visit her website judyfan.com.

10th Place – Overall - Cher Pruys – “Catching Snowflakes”

10th Place – Overall - Cher Pruys – “Catching Snowflakes” – www.artbycher.caCher Pruys was born in Regina. Over the years she lived in many places including Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Fort Frances, settling into her present home in Devlin, on the banks of the Rainy River with her husband Mark, 4 dogs and 2 cats.

By age three, Cher was seldom found without a drawing tool in hand. She worked in pencil, charcoal and ink over the years, until, she picked up a paintbrush at the age of 35. Beginning with oil paints, she found her chosen mediums in acrylic, water color and gouache.

Although self-taught, her dedication and talent has seen her work juried into 163 International exhibits, as well as exhibits in numerous non juried shows. She has won 164 awards for her work in the International Juried Exhibits.

Cher’s website is www.artbycher.ca

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