“Botanicals” 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 January 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 13th Annual "Botanicals" Art Exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity and promotion. 

Congratulations to our artists who made our 13th 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 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 “Botanicals” Home Page click here.

1st Place – Overall - Louie Rochon - "THIRD EYE”

1st-Place-OA-118-PD.-Louie-Rochon-THIRD-EYE-.b"I've finally found a way to fully express myself, thru a medium in which I am totally free to explore all aspects of my thoughts, feelings and emotions. Thru macro photography I'm able to express the world around me at a pace that can keep up with the depth and rapid cycling of my emotions and moods of Bipolar disorder, a challenge I’ve had for a lifetime. Most images are very long (60 sec+) exposures, using a single hand-held light source, allowing for depth and often, transparency of the flower.”

Louie’s website is www.rochonfineart.com

2nd Place – Overall - Mehmet Akif Özdal - "STAIRS”

2nd-Place-OA-44-POM.-Mehmet-Akif-Ozdal-STAIRS-.bHe was born in Sivas / Merkez in 2000. He began painting in secondary school and exhibited a natural proficiency for the craft. After high school, he wanted to continue his line in the field of painting and 2018 enrolled in Sivas Cumhuriyet University. In addition to his traditional education, h wanted to gain different perspectives and studied web design and coding and eventually began creating digital based art. He continues his art education as he continues to create.

Memet’s work can be seen on his Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100058486906404

3rd Place – Overall - Zhang Yue - "IRIS OF LIGHT”

3rd-Place-OA-152-POM.-Zhang-Yue-IRIS-OF-LIGHT-.bZhang Yue has been selected into international painting exhibitions four times in five years. As a female painter, she has a special interest in the theme of plants and flowers. The irises she depicts give fresh life, and the blending of colors presents a colorful world. It is placed in the praise of life, and it shows the beauty of life. She enjoys painting oil painting and watercolor.

Zhang Yue can be reached via her Email.


4th Place – Overall - Patricia Schnepf - "BOTANICAL”

4th-Place-OA-143-PD.-Patricia-Schnepf-BOTANICAL-.cOriginally from NYC, Patricia ventured to Seattle with her family via Philadelphia and Chicago. Art is a passion from a very early age. She studied art at various studios in NYC and Chicago and has worked in the arts before focusing on family responsibilities.

Large cities have infinitely varied lifestyles which always impacted her photography but Seattle focuses her more on nature. When she moved to Washington, she was inspired by its wonderful landscapes and expanded and adapted this personal love of nature into her artwork. Her styles vary according to subject using various techniques through special software to enhance the composition.

She is primarily self-taught through years of practice. The material used in the final printing is also very important as it adds a special depth to the final image. Pre-COVID she exhibited live and on the internet, but since then she is exhibiting primarily online through several sources. Patricia has won competitions locally, nationally, and internationally, and has public art exhibited in Seattle’s International District.

Her art appears in private collections worldwide and in print (including Photographers Forum).

Patricia’s website is http://patriciaschnepfphotography.com  

5th Place – Overall - Diane Harm - "P,P,P,PAPAYA”

5th-Place-OA-72-POM.-Diane-Harm-PPPPAPAYADiane Harm is an award winning artist and has been juried into both local and international exhibits. She has both bachelors and master’s degrees in art education. In 2008 she was certified in Botanical Art through the Ringling School of Art and Design. She has earned signature status in both the annual ‘CPSA International’ Exhibits and the CPSA annual online ‘Explore This’ mixed media exhibits. As a nature artist her art encompasses both plants and animals. Diane works in colored pencil, pastel and watercolor. Her art has been published in ‘CP Pencil Treasures, Colored Pencil Masterworks from Around the Globe Volumes 6 & 7 and in the catalog ‘blink, Your Art resource 2020’. Living in Florida her subject matter is often the flora and fauna of the state. What intrigues her most is the patterns and textures found in nature.

Diane’s website is www.dianeharm.com  

6th Place – Overall - Shelley Benjamin - "GRATEFUL”

6th-Place-OA-111-PD.-Shelley-Benjamin-GRATEFUL-.bShelley 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” gallery and awards in the Light Space and Time Gallery. She has exhibited in group shows at the Louvre, the Cornell Museum, and Grounds for Sculpture.

Shelley 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. Her 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. The inspiration from the group opened up the possibilities of taking photos into a new realm.

Shelley uses her photos as the foundation for a digital painterly approach, utilizing modern technology to enhance and transform the original image. 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

7th Place – Overall - Li Jie - "A WORLD IN A FLOWER -REINCARNATION”

7th-Place-OA-63-POM.-Li-Jie-A-WORLD-IN-A-FLOWER-REINCARNATION-.bLi Jie is a national first-class artist and interior designer. Born in Foshan City, Guangdong Province, he has been engaged in the design, creation and production of oil paintings, acrylic paintings, sculptures, installations and other soft furnishings for nearly forty years.

In 2018, he invented a new type of painting: "Three-dimensional Pottery Painting" by mixing three-dimensional ceramics and two-dimensional paintings. In 2020, he was awarded the patent of "Three-dimensional Ceramic Painting and Calligraphy" by the State Intellectual Property Office.

Many of his works have been collected by art museums and other circles. One Flower, One World: Reincarnation" was collected by the National Art Museum of China. The work "One Flower, One Bright Spot of the World" was selected into the 2020 "Classic Craftsmanship" Excellent Arts and Crafts Competition of the China Arts and Crafts Society.

Li Jie can be reached via his Email.  

8th Place – Overall - James H. Morris - "SUNFLOWER BABY”

8th-Place-OA-37-PD.-James-H.-Morris-SUNFLOWER-BABY-.bJames Morris has been a photographer for over three decades. Adding an artistic touch to his art has recently helped him discover his niche. Comments from observers include "Your work gives me goosebumps" and “Your work is Van Gogh-ish.” Among James' photography experience are landscapes, nature, products, and portraits. The outdoors has always been his passion; he tries to stay in the landscape and nature area with his photographs. "I have always been inspired by the outdoors," James said. He enjoyed Ansel Adams' look and style but did not want to copy it, so he worked to find a look that people could appreciate that was his own.

James lives in Redmond, Oregon, just outside of Bend, only hours from mountains, water, desert-scapes, and more. James’s website is www.jamesmorrisfineart.com

9th Place – Overall - Brooke Whitfield - "CADMIUM COVER”

9th-Place-OA-103-POM.-Brooke-Whitfield-CADMIUM-COVER-.bA former flower shop clerk, Brooke found her favorite places were full of green - and paint. You can find her in a conservatory or tucked away in her spare bedroom, painting under a canopy of ever growing hanging plants. She can't seem to find her favorite medium, switching from oil to gouache, to acrylic and back again. However, she can tell you confidently that her favorite color is green, and she is fascinated by the feeling of being completely surrounded by leaves, vines, and light. Aiming to capture that feeling in her paintings, she starts by seeking out photographs that capture the perspective of being embraced between leaves. She then works with a limited palette to challenge herself to push the range of color and hue she can elicit. Striving to create an immersive viewing experience, Brooke plans to continue painting this theme, pushing her work to a larger scale with each new work.

Brook can be reached via her Email.

10th Place – Overall - Stephen Mimms - "TATTOO”

10th-Place-OA-117-PD.-Stephen-Mimms-TATTOO-.bBorn in Louisville, Kentucky, Stephen now resides in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife and two dogs. Stephen's photographic skills were self-taught, beginning with film photography and development. After retiring as a project manager, he discovered digital photography and the passion for his craft continued. Stephen's images are designed to inspire and create art. His works represent and reflect a unique style and point of view.

Stephen’s website is www.mimmsphotography.com  

11th Place – Overall - Bob Nardi - "WATER LILY”

11th-Place-OA-83-PD.-Bob-Nardi-WATER-LILY-.bBob Nardi is a Fine Art Photographer for over 4 decades. He works in both Color and B&W Photography. Bob also has a great passion for Infra-Red Photography. Bob believes sight is the function of the eyes, but vision is from the Heart. After all these years Photographing Bob still has great passion for his work.

Bob’s website is www.bob-nardi.pixels.com



12th Place – Overall - Kong Ho - "ROMANTIC SUPERPOSITION IN YELLOW”

12th-Place-OA-33-POM.-Kong-Ho-ROMANTIC-SUPERPOSITION-IN-YELLOW-.bSumptuously painted in a technique consisting of free-flowing wave-like patterns held in check by subtly controlled washes of glaze and exacting trompe l'oeil floras and shells, Kong Ho's flora-nautilus paintings exemplify the theme and style indicative of his ongoing body of work, the "Luminosity Series." His representational-imaginative floral-nautilus paintings are about new sensory experience mingled with memories of familiar one. No matter where he has relocated to in his past life journey, the floras always bring back old memories.

Ho believe that short-lived floras display not only the beauty of nature but also the transcendental values of humanity. His art is about the experience of transition, a sense of the bitter-sweet—a feeling of the loss for the past that left behind, and the excitement of reconnection in the future. Ho utilizes his bicultural background as a teaching artist trained in both Chinese and Western art to teach as art professor at various universities (2001-2018).

His paintings have been exhibited in more than 115 exhibitions and in venues such as the United Nations Headquarters, Chelsea Art Museum, Clymer Museum and Gallery, Amarillo Museum of Art, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, Fine Arts Museums, the US Ambassadors' Residences in Macedonia, Kunstquartier Bethanien in Berlin, Hong Kong Museum of Art, and Museum of Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in China. Ho has participated in several residency programs, including Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts, Bryn Du Artist-in-Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Bethany Arts Community, Soaring Gardens and I-Park.

Kong’s website is www.kongho.com

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