“Botanicals” 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 April 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 12th Annual "Botanicals" 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. 

Congratulations to our artists who made our 12th Annual “Botanicals” 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 10 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. In order to leave the Slide Show at any time, just click on the X at the upper right side of the Lightbox and that will take you back to the thumbnail images. To return to the “Botanicals” Home Page click here.

1st Place – Overall - Stephen Kenneth Hackley - "Reverence”

1st Place – Overall - Stephen Kenneth HackleyStephen is a native of Des Moines, Iowa who moved to Texas at the age of 4. Taking art classes in school was a beginning for Stephen, including achieving a major art award at the young age of 14. However, he did not immerse himself into his career as a painter until the mid-90's after becoming inspired by the work of renowned American subliminal artist Jim Warren.

“I am really interested in evoking an emotional response from my work using color, motion, texture and form and even elements such as rock and metal right on the canvas. I want my art to touch people and bring some beauty and joy into their surroundings. I truly believe the essence of what an artist does is create.”

Stephen was twice given the distinction as one of the top 50 floral painters in the world by the Susan Kathleen Black Foundation, where twice his work traveled to galleries and museums across the US with the exhibits. He has a 7-panel reproduction spanning 15 feet wide and a 12-foot original both purchased by the M Crowd (owners of Mi Cocina Restaurant) in the Mi Cocina in the Ft. Worth Hulen area.

He has been invited to Art Monaco and shown at the Redwood Media Group's family of world-renowned art shows. His work has also been represented by the Main Street Gallery in Aspen, is in ADC Fine Art in Cincinnati, Ohio and Art on 7th in Henderson, North Carolina.

Stephen’s website is www.hackleyfineart.com

2nd Place – Diane Harm - "White Bird of Paradise”

2nd Place – Diane HarmDiane Harm is best known for her realistic colored pencil and mixed media paintings of plants and wildlife. She finds it fascinating that so much of nature is right at home in urban and suburban environments. Though many of her paintings have been influenced by visits to botanical gardens or nature centers, other subjects have been found right in her community on her morning walks.

Diane is an award winning artist in both Ohio and Florida. After being certified as a Botanical Artist by the Ringling School of Art and Design under the tutelage of Olivia Braida Chusano, it was a small step to include other nature art in her portfolio.

In 2018 Diane received signature status from the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) denoting three acceptances in 10 years in the annual 'International' Colored Pencil Society exhibit. In 2019 she received signature status in 'Explore This' the annual mixed media CPSA exhibit.

Diane’s website is http://dianeharm.com

3rd Place – Overall - Alberta Walker - "Lilies Afloat”

3rd Place – Overall - Alberta WalkerI enjoy working in a variety of art mediums, however, photography holds a special interest for me even though now I consider myself a Mixed Media Artist. Early inspirations came from my father who was a documentary photographer during WW2. After wartime, he opened the original El Monte Press and eventually the Press Building Art Gallery, open to all artists within the San Gabriel Valley, with receptions held once a month where I met many artists who worked in a variety of mediums.

My first Exhibit was an Art Show Collective of my early collage work, a variety of paper goods and textiles at age 17 in the Court Yard, Pasadena City Hall. After a couple of years as Art Student at Pasadena City College I worked as a fulltime model but discovered I preferred the other side of the camera as a freelance Studio Stylist (wearing many hats) and developing my portfolio in another direction; contributing to the visual aspect of advertising campaigns working on set and site locations, prop design and construction, costumes, make-up artistry.

In recent years I have produced a number of collections of my work in various mediums. Exhibited to L.A.M. Pomona Women’s International Show 2020, awarded by “One Hundred Vibrant Artists of L.A.” for my self-portrait called “la Monarca”, and other gallery shows and exhibitions that soon followed. I enjoy photographing detail design patterns of plant life and flowers, into metallic printing and aluminum to highlight their vibrant colors.

Alberta’s work can be found on her Instagram” www.instagram.com/alberta.walker.52

4th Place – Overall - Lynda Sauls - "Bombastic Succulent”

4th Place – Overall - Lynda SaulsLynda Sauls is a self-taught artist stepping into painting in oil and encaustics for over a decade. Her work is inspired by the diversity of creation – in nature and others allowing her to express her faith and wonder of creation. Lynda expresses this by employing unusual backgrounds for her florals, everyday objects in her still life, close ups of women's faces and the written word.

Lynda’s heart's desire is to stir up awareness of the simplicity in the wonder of life and challenge the viewer's beliefs regarding creation, one another, and the Creator. “You are loved, you are seen, details are my specialty… love is vulnerable, unexpected, yielding, and humble… it is offered to you!” "Be still and know that I am God" Ps. 46:10

She is an award-winning artist and has juried into local and national exhibits and events. Lynda has had two solo exhibits, one in 2017 titled "Prerogative of Creating" and the second in 2019 titled "Heaven Declares. She is also the President of Weston Art Guild.

Lynda’s website is www.lyndasaulsartist.com

5th Place – Overall - Shelley Benjamin - "Alcazar”

5th Place – Overall - Shelley BenjaminShelley Benjamin, a resident of southeast Florida, is an award winning digital artist. She has been published in “Living the Photo Artistic Life”, Somerset Digital Studio and “Awake Photography" magazines. Her work has received Best in Show, and top 10 in the “Fusion Art” online gallery and top 10 in the Light Space and Time Gallery.

Shelley has exhibited in group shows at the Louvre, the Cornell Museum, and Grounds for Sculpture. She received a BS in Textile Design from Cornell University. After a career as a textile designer and weaver, she became interested in mixed media, and ultimately, photography.

Shelley’s experimentation and involvement with digital photography began after she purchased her first DSLR camera. During the learning process, she joined an international group of digital artists. With the advanced training she was able to develop her skills, which has allowed her to transform her images to reflect her vision. Shelley uses her photos as the foundation for a digital painterly approach, utilizing modern technology to enhance and transform the original image. Drawing upon her textile design background, she imparts a tactile feeling to her work.

She is inspired by color, reflections, light, the changing seasons, nature and architectural elements. Shelley is always searching for extraordinary visual imagery in very ordinary environments. She states that her goal is to share the beauty around her and impart the uplifting feelings to the viewer that are the source of her inspiration.

Shelley’s website is www.shelleybenjamin.com

6th Place – Overall - Peggy Jones Pfister - "The Green Bottle”

6th Place – Overall - Peggy Jones PfisterPeggy Jones Pfister is a photographer and digital artist based in Houston, Texas. A native of Houston, she grew up in cities on the Texas Gulf Coast. Beginning with winning a coloring contest at age six, Peggy has always enjoyed creative outlets in her spare time throughout her life, and now full-time. She has especially enjoyed needle and fabric arts, photography, and digital art. She has taken several online photography courses, and otherwise is largely a self-taught artist. She loves researching and problem solving, two of the most critical elements of continual learning in any endeavor.

Peggy’s photographic interests include plants, architecture, abstracts, and macros. She is especially drawn to color, line, pattern, repetition, and other graphic elements, and enjoys showcasing those elements in the captured image, as well as highlighting them via post processing enhancements.

Peggy has enjoyed success in several online photography contests including BetterPhoto, Imaging-Resource, MotifCollective, New York Center for Photographic Art, and LightSpaceTime. Her work has been exhibited in group shows at Hardy & Nance Studios, JoMar Visions, and the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, and at 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles.

Peggy is the owner and creative director of Right Rock Images. She

can be reached via her Email.

7th Place – Overall - Suzie Sullivan – “Flower of the Flock”

7th Place – Overall - Suzie SullivanNestled in the beautiful landscape of Co Mayo, Ireland is a small studio where self-taught artist Suzie Sullivan spends her days creating art and craft. For many years Suzie has been better known as a textile artist working with wool and fibre, but in 2019 she changed direction and started working with polymer clay. This new material has opened a whole new world of texture and creativity. Her work represents a unique vision of a fantasy world of nature, capturing extravagant forms, colours and patterns derived from the natural world we live in. Her work is diverse, comprising jewelry, sculptures and pictures which are often whimsical and otherworldly, and intended to evoke dreams, childhood memories and the desire to escape to a world of one’s own making.

Suzie’s website is www.derryauncrafts.com

8th Place – Overall - Séraphine - "Tropical Purple Glory”

8th Place – Overall - SéraphineMy paintings are narratives of nature and the human presence.  They transcend the physical world through macro photo-realism juxtaposed with contemporary abstractionist elements.  I record people, nature, and landscapes, inviting the viewer into my unique perspective which often has a political or spiritual message. I have exhibited internationally, including at the New Orleans Museum of Art and currently at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, and have been featured in exhibitions in Venice, Florence, Milan, Lake Como, London, Paris, Shanghai, Chiba, and many other locations.  My designs have been on Broadway, on television and are in many international collections.

 Séraphine’s website is www.longshadowstudio.com

9th Place – Overall - Mike Rozmarin - "Lily”

9th Place – Overall - Mike RozmarinMike is a Los Angeles based artist specializing in digital art, photography, and acrylic painting. After his first solo show in San Francisco in 2019, Mike began entering juried competitions and has received awards and recognition in over a dozen international art competitions. In addition to his work as an artist, Mike is an accomplished writer, entrepreneur, and winemaker.

Mike’s website is www.mikerozart.com

10th Place – Overall - Peggy Curtis - "Winter Camellia”

10th Place – Overall - Peggy CurtisPeggy Olafson Curtis was born in Seattle, USA and grew up in nearby regions during the turbulent Sixties. Her love of photography began with a film camera and a high school photography course—her first inspiration was a shot of her father removing a can of soup from a kitchen cupboard followed by his watery image looking back at her in the dark room developing tray.

Artistic inspiration came a few years later during a two-year residence in Japan. There she became immersed in the Japanese aesthetic after visiting the Empress Meiji’s iris garden on a glorious rainy day in May. Before her stretched a row of shiny black umbrellas as visitors meandered along the garden path. The gardeners, in shiny black rain gear, snipped spent blossoms as they waded among the iris plants. She was hooked on beauty. She studied the Sogetsu school of flower arrangement, Japanese gardens, painting and pottery in every moment she could.

Later she completed a certificate in Photography from the University of Washington, studied at the Photographic Center Northwest, and continued her Japanese flower arranging classes. She has studied with the best of the best, including Sam Abell, J.P. Caponigro, Ben Willmore, Keron Psillas, and Charlie Waite in intensive workshops and mentorships. Her work has been featured in various U.S. galleries. She is a member of NANPA (The North American Nature Photography Association).

Peggy can be reached via her Email.

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