“All Women” Art Exhibition 2023 – Overall Category

The Overall Winning Artists Category consists of the 12 Best Entries received from the 3 media categories of the Painting & Other Media Category, the Photography & Digital Category and the 3 Dimensional Category. 

The winning artists will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of February 2023 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 12th Annual "All Women" Art Exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity and promotion. 

Congratulations to our artists who made our 12th 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.

Thank you to all of the artists who participated and for being a part of the gallery. 

Scroll down the page to see read about each of our Top 12 Winning Artists. In the image gallery at the bottom, click on a thumbnail image and that will take you a lightbox to view the entire artwork. To return to the “All Women” Home Page click here.

1st Place – Overall - Linda McCord - "YELLOW GOWN”

1st Place – Overall Linda McCordLinda McCord works in most of the two-dimensional mediums. She was a gallery owner for 10 years, and taught painting and printmaking at her local college. She has taken numerous international awards, and her art in the collection of museums, churches, hospitals, and colleges. She is a signature member of International Society of Acrylic Painters, Northwest Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society and California Watercolor Association. McCord focuses on light and shadow, composition, and value change. She prefers to build many transparent layers when painting rather than direct application. She adapted a method of building layers to the paint and using resist processes she learned as a print-maker. McCord says, “I design my art around mathematical concepts rather than emotion.”

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

2nd Place – Overall - Natalia Ayas - "RED TRAM”

2nd Place – Overall Natalia AyasNatalie Ayas Bezuglova is a 31 years old Prague-based artist, a member of the Pastel Guild of Europe and the Red Rock Pastel Society of Nevada USA. Since childhood, spending plenty of time in the village outdoors, Natalie admired the beauty of nature, especially she was fascinated by various animals and flowers. Painting them was and still is her favorite pastime.

Primarily self-taught, Natalie has completed painting and drawing courses at several on-line and local art schools being supported by talented and remarkable painters. Regularly participating in art workshops and learning from foreign and local artists, Natalie broadens her skill set and develops her own unique style. Having experience exploring and experimenting with a variety of art materials and techniques Natalia found soft pastels to be the medium she wants to perfect herself in. Rich, pure pigments of soft pastel allow color vibration and visual mixing – qualities difficult to capture with other mediums. In this way, animals and flowers appeared to be the ideal objects to depict with this flexible material.

Using pastel Natalie creates detailed, realistic and at the same time soft and airy work, inspired by the beauty of nature and light. Showing the fragility and delicacy of the flowers’ petals, softness and texture of animals’ fur. Trying to maintain realism while leaving a space for viewer’s imagination. Natalie’s paintings reside in private collections across Russia, Turkey, Czech Republic and USA. Also, she has produced numerous commissioned works of art.

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

3rd Place – Overall - Lily Nan - "TIBETAN BOY”

3rd Place – Overall Lily NanLily Nan has a Master’s Degree of Immunology and engaged in biomedical research and product development for more than 30 years. Dr. Nan first began watercolor painting in September 2018. She is now a member of numerous watercolor societies, including AWS (American Watercolor Society), NWS (National Watercolor Society), Watercolor Art Society-Houston and CWA (California Watercolor Association), among others. Over the past several years her work has been recognized and exhibition in numerous international exhibitions.

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

4th Place – Overall - Linda Lewis - "SEEKING DELIVERANCE”

4th Place – Overall Linda LewisI create digital photomontages that are composed in Photoshop. Images are selected from original and secondary resources (creative commons, public domain). The one constant in my artwork is my desire to present a social critique of culture. This stems from my studies in sociology and anthropology. I am particularly interested in the history of ideas and the development of ideological systems.

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


5th Place – Overall - Michelle Sullivan - "SHEER ACHROMATIC”

5th Place – Overall Michelle SullivanMichelle’s inspiration comes from living on her 230acres of pristine Australia bush land in her landscape paintings which are inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds her. The tall gum trees & deep gullies of fern covered grounds & pocketed rainforest keeps her works fresh. In her portraits her inspiration from a very young age, was the features of the human face & contours of the body. In her paintings she paints what she sees & tries to capture the light as it hits the subject as she interprets the character of the sitter. Michelle is mostly self-taught but remembers fondly her first art tutor at the age 14 when she worked casually to pay for each week’s lesson. She has been studying the glazing technique used by the Old Masters but with the modern day Acrylic paints with Matt Philleo for the last 2 years. The inspiration of dancers & the flow of fabric from their gowns & forms of the body has been her focus in this last 12 months along with her commission works.

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

6th Place – Overall - Laleh Kamalian - "ATTACHMENT”

6th Place – Overall Laleh KamalianI am a realist artist. For me people and the nature are lovely as they are in the world. So, in my drawings I would like to capture the essence of everything in the way they appear naturally. For example, in a human portrait my ambition is to get the character of the person, and emotions hidden in the lines of the face, exactly as they appear. However, I use my imagination to create the scene of my drawings. For a portrait I create the stage using light, shadow and drapery, then choose from numerous photographs I take the one perfect for that emotion or statement I want to present. In nature, I make up the scenery by combining the main subject with a background or environment that tells the story I’d like to tell.

As a colour pencil and pastel artist, my pallet has to contain many colours, from which I tend to use the most vibrant ones. My media and style are of a slow nature, created by layers upon layers of colours. But I embrace it, and love it, for the tranquility that I experience while drawing, because it makes the time feel not counted.

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

7th Place – Overall - Cher Pruys - "GURI”

7th Place – Overall Cher Pruys"To take my inner visions with my hands and create a work of art for you the viewer .... That is the ultimate in self-expression."

Although self-taught, her dedication and talent has seen her work juried into 243 International exhibits, as well as exhibits in numerous non juried shows. She has won 286 awards for her work in the International Juried Exhibits.

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


8th Place – Overall - Beth Goyer - "FAUST PARK TREE”

8th Place – Overall Beth GoyerBeth has been doing her art since she could first hold a crayon as a toddler. At that early age, Beth developed good hand-eye co-ordination. She observed all things around her and took as many art classes as she could. Her grandmother, Myrtle, was her first and continuous art teacher until Myrtle died at 96. Beth earned a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in college so she could teach art to Jr. High/Middle School students as her career, learning new processes in art as well as crafts to keep herself and her students interested, involved and productive.

She retired after 29 years to be able to further her exploration. Beth was introduced to Photoshop at this time. She feels digital manipulation is a new brush in her paint box. It opened a whole new way to help her see the world around her and create her interpretation of it. She likes to explore the mystery and peacefulness of ethereal images. Beth has been in numerous shows in the St. Louis Metropolitan area, participating in competitions, invitationals, two-person shows, one-person shows, and with some donations to support art groups during their fund raising. She was also involved in showing her work the Sister Cities in Lyons, France. She was also honored by the Missouri Arts Council when one of her images was published.

Travel has been an opportunity of inspiration. There is so much to experience and see which she brings it into her art.

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

9th Place – Overall - Tanya K. Langford – “BLUE ALLEY”

9th Place – Overall Tanya K. LangfordI have always had a fondness for photography, and it grew more when my father gave me his camera as a youth. It opened up a whole new world for me. I took pictures of everyone and everything. I took photography classes and learned how to develop and print my images. I have continued to take pictures throughout my adult years, and at my mother’s urging, I started showing my images at exhibits. Being encouraged to show my work has given me an opportunity to share my images with others, and in sharing them, I share a bit of myself. Many of the images I share come from my travels. Travel has broadened my view of the world, and I utilize photography to document my experiences. Photography captures community, people, beauty and the not so beautiful. Travel provides so many possibilities for finding interesting images to share and to bring others along with me on the journey of discovery.

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

10th Place – Overall - Lisa R. Tennant - "LONG DAY”

10th Place – Overall Lisa R. TennantLisa Tennant is a painter working with themes of urban landscape, botanicals, and occasionally abstract and figurative which are interwoven in graphic shapes and angular perspective; textured with weathered and distressed surfaces, colors, and patterns found in nature. Earning a BFA in graphics and painting at Eastern Michigan University, she worked as a graphic designer before returning for her MFA in watercolor painting winning a purchase award for her graduate work and holding a chair position in the Michigan Water Color Society.

Tennant practiced her art and professional graphic design for a number of years, eventually teaching digital design at the college level. During her time as a design professional and eventually teaching art and design, her work has become more focused and detailed with close attention to the illusion of space, materials, and surface texture.

During Tennant’s career she has won a number of awards for her art and design. Her work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions throughout the Midwest, Southeast and Southern U.S. She currently resides in Central Texas and serves on the board of the Texas Watercolor Society.

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

11th Place – Overall - Jennista Ranchez - "IT FOLLOWS”

11th Place – Overall Jennista RanchezBorn in Manila, Jennista Ranchez is a self-taught artist currently living in Antipolo, Philippines. Armed with graphite and charcoal in hand, she combines reality with her penchant to live in daydreams to create surreal pieces expressing her thoughts and emotions. She was trained for a time by a mentor in photography and has since found a fascination in applying the skills she learned from there onto her drawings.

Although largely self-taught in art, she finds inspiration from the skills and disciplines of contemporary artists such as Laurie Lipton, Jono Dry, Rap Carloto, and Johanna Helmuth. Having always been fascinated by the dream worlds of Zdzisław Beksiński, she creates her own by drawing what her imagination dictates during her long commutes throughout the concrete jungles of Manila while staying true to the coherency of every object down to the tiniest texture. The inherent humor in Salvador Dali’s works was also an impetus for her to create a few pieces solely based on a pun.

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

12th Place – Overall - Lyn Darlington - "KOOKABURRA”

12th Place – Overall Lyn DarlingtonLyn Darlington is mainly a self-taught photographer and digital artist from the Central Coast N.S.W. Australia. Lyn enjoys photographing a range of subjects whether it is birds, wildlife, flowers, domestic animals or landscapes and from these images Lyn draws her inspiration for creating art. Lyn enjoys the magic of the digital darkroom, she likes to bring the focus on to the subject by simplifying things and getting rid of extra unnecessary detail, she transforms an original image into art with the use of textures a variety of software applications and hand painting to create a compelling work of art. Lyn hopes her work stirs emotions and draws attention to the beauty of nature and wildlife and it inspires people to do their part to help protect and conserve animals all around the world.

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

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