“Landscapes” Art Exhibition 2022 – Overall Category

The Overall Winning Artists Category consists of the 12 Best Entries received from the 2 media categories of the Painting & Other Media Category and the Photography & Digital Category. 

The winning artists will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of September 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 "Landscapes" Art Exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity and promotion. 

Congratulations to our artists who made our 12th Annual “Landscapes” 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 “Landscapes” Home Page click here.

1st Place – Overall - Mary McKenna Ridge - "SWITZERLAND RESPITE”

1st Place – Overall - Mary McKenna RidgeMary is a Photographer/Artist living in New York City at the Westbeth Artists' Housing Complex. She holds a Master's Degree in Graphic Communications from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y., has studied at the International Center of Photography, at N.Y.U., and at the School of Visual Arts, all in Manhattan. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education from Edinboro University, PA. Mary has worked as an Art Instructor in NYC Junior High Schools and as a Graphic Designer in addition to her Photographic work.

Mary has designed many book jackets for publishing companies, and also works in watercolor and pen and ink. Mary shoots in color and black and white, using digital full frame, as well as 35 mm SLR. She has photographed throughout Europe and Asia, and much of the United States.

Mary’s website is http://marymckennaridgephotography.squarespace.com  

2nd Place – Overall - Michael Aldag - "LAKEHOUSE”

2nd Place – Overall - Michael AldagMichael Aldag is a fine artist born and raised in southern Illinois. He earned a BFA in Fine Art from the Columbus College of Art & Design (Columbus, OH). Inspiration comes from his environment, childhood, and Christian Faith. Media and subject matter vary, but there is usually a sense of sobriety present in Aldag's art.

The landscapes he depicts often have a personal connection. Examples include a grandparent’s farmhouse, a plot of land where an ancestor resided, and a neighbor’s old home across a field. These paintings give a glimpse into his rural surroundings.

Awards include Best of Show in the 2010 Illinois Art League Annual Membership Show at Peoria Heights Village Hall (Peoria Heights, IL), First Place (Artwork Division) in the 2014 Fall Art & Photography Competition at Centralia Cultural Society (Centralia, IL), and Best of Show in the 2019 Shrode Fine Art & Craft Competition at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts (Mount Vernon, IL).

Michael’s website is https://michaelaldag.carbonmade.com     

3rd Place – Overall - Christopher Forslund - "DREAM CATCHER”

3rd Place – Overall - Christopher ForslundChristopher grew up in the rural, coastal mountains of California where he fell in love with the outdoors, photography, and the arts. From his early involvement with the Boy Scouts, through his law enforcement career, and then as a touring professional musician and now as a full time RVer, he has had the opportunity to travel, explore and capture much of this nation’s beauty though the art photography.

“There is so much more to capturing an image than just the technical aspects of photography. I strongly believe that an image can speak to the heart and when I am capturing an image, I attempt to use the existing light and color to convey the emotion that I feel in that moment. I truly desire to harness strong emotion through my images. “I am drawn to our Nations beauty and am always excited when I have the opportunity to capture and share a new image.”

Christopher’s website is http://christopherforslund.photography

4th Place – Overall - Tony Podue - "BAYOU BLING”

4th Place – Overall - Tony PodueI tend to paint interesting and compelling scenes that put darks and lights in contrast. I use acrylics and oils because of their bold colors and infinite palettes. I strive to paint the images as I see them. This provides the greatest challenge and great reward if achieved.

Tony’s website is http://poduestudio.com



5th Place – Overall - Martina Krupickova - "CHATEAU VELTRUSY PARK”

5th Place – Overall - Martina KrupickovaMy first oil painting was in 1999 as a Christmas gift for my partner and has resulted in many more paintings since. My style is always evolving; the strong colour and bold strokes have become slightly softer and more abstract – still playing with light and shadow on a black background. I have always used only a palette knife, not brushes. I like the versatility of the knife - it can both sharpen focus and smooth to abstract. I want the viewer to find new parts to the painting as they adjust their viewpoint, almost like turning the pages of a book. The story starts with only a small amount of background detail, enticing the viewer to delve deeper and discover what lies within. And finally, the atmosphere draws you in. My paintings draw on personal experiences that are a reflection of the visible - landscapes, cityscapes and transport. My ambition is to achieve the perfect balance between realism and artistic expression - find that pitch point by testing the limits of my contemporary style.

Martina’s website is http://martinakrupickova.com  

6th Place – Overall - James Crispo - "AUTUMN HARVEST”

6th Place – Overall - James CrispoJames is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in NYC, majoring in illustration. Early in his career, he sold several commissioned pieces both privately and through the Dumont & Landis Art Gallery in New Brunswick, NJ. Due to his growing family, he decided to pursue a full-time career in advertising and ultimately started his own advertising business. Currently, he is teaching painting classes and his works are being shown at M.T. Burton Gallery in Surf City, NJ while attending local art shows and art competitions. Over the years he has won numerous awards including Best in Show.

His classical style has transitioned from acrylics in his early works to oils in recent years. Some of his early paintings were purchased by: Johnson & Johnson Corporate Headquarters and Public Service Gas & Electric. Additionally, he was commissioned by Ethicon, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company for 3 works; “Corporate Brain Storming” for the Board Room, “The Beginnings” a nine-foot stainless steel sculpture displayed in the Main Lobby of Ethicon Inc. and “The Protest” a portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. walking with fellow protesters, presented by the Ethicon Board of Directors to the Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia.

His images capture the natural beauty and essence of the subject, be it a personality or nature, capturing the effect of light on form within a broad spectrum of subjects including portraits, landscapes, seascapes, animals, and still life.

James’s website is http://crispogallery.com  

7th Place – Overall - Shawna Hinkel - "MORNING SOLITUDE”

7th Place – Overall - Shawna HinkelShawna Hinkel is an award-winning photographer from Dallas, Texas. She received her Certification from Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2014 and her Master of Photography degree in 2019. Her work has been accepted in the PPA International Photographic Competition Annual Exhibition every year since 2016, with images published in the annual Showcase Collection and Loan Collection books as well. She was the Dallas Professional Photographers Association Photographer of the Year in 2017 and 2018, and was named as one of the Top 10 photographers in Texas in 2020. She also received the American Society of Photographers’ State Elite Award in 2020. She has won a variety of other awards, and has been featured in multiple art gallery exhibitions.

Shawna’s website is www.wanderlustfineartistry.com   

8th Place – Overall - Cheryl L. Hrudka - "THE ROAD”

8th Place – Overall - Cheryl L. HrudkaAs a seasoned photographer and artist for over 26 years, Cheryl Hrudka enjoys going down the road less traveled. "I have always been interested in Abstracts. It is a form of art in which the viewer makes up his / her own mind as to the artist’s intention.

The evolution of computer software has allowed Cheryl numerous possibilities which she has fully embraced. Accessories such as a drawing tablet allow her to draw and further manipulate an image. Cheryl focuses on the journey. There are no maps. While at times she has an idea where she is going with an image, she truly does not know the end result until she gets there.

Cheryl is currently represented by the Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, and the Art Design Consultants Gallery in Cincinnati, OH. Her photographs and abstract images may be seen in hospitals, corporations and private collections throughout the United States and Canada.

Cheryl’s website is www.analteredview.com

9th Place – Overall - Laura Elliott - "SNOWBOWL”

9th Place – Overall - Laura ElliottMy drive as an artist began long ago as a child when my art teachers and parents created opportunities to hone my passion for art through gifted programs and private lessons. I took the wheel from there and, along with creating my own art, wished to inspire art in today's youth as my teachers had done for me. Today, teaching ceramics and painting at Hellgate High School in Missoula, Montana inspires and motivates me and my work along with my dedication to stay on top of the newest pedegogies in teaching. I have my BFA in Fine Art and Art Education from Old Dominion University and my MFA in Art Education from the Art of Education University.

As a passionate and detail-oriented professional artist, I enjoy approaching complex projects with a holistic approach. A large part of my success in creating stems from my ability to cultivate an intuitive understanding of the medium, my subject, and my ability to conceive the project from there. As a painter, ceramicist, and sculptor living in the Pacific Northwest, nature serves as my biggest inspiration in addition to my thirst to discover new artists, techniques, and theories from this interconnected world which we live.

Laura’s website is http://theartoflauraelliott.com   

10th Place – Overall - Ingrid Stiehler - "WONDER OF NATURE”

10th Place – Overall - Ingrid StiehlerMy intensive work in art I began with landscape photography, when I studied at the academy of administration and business in NRW (Germany).

Inspired by the different trends of the cultures of Asia, Africa and North America, I combined new impressions and traditional techniques learned in many journeys. My approach is, to learn by doing; my endeavor was always to find an individual style in this way and to create aesthetic and decorative objects, linked with a positive message - maybe you will find a criticism against people (where ever they live), who are intolerant and unfair against other creatures or our nature... - and that's intended!

My acrylic/bronze paintings are interesting and decorative parables, which will be explored and discovered by the viewer and exhibited already - to my great joy - in many international shows and biennales, since 2007.

Ingrid’s website is www.saatchiart.com/account/artworks/730419  

11th Place – Overall - Maureen Ravnik - "MY WORLD KNOWS NO BOUNDS”

11th Place – Overall - Maureen RavnikMaureen has accomplished many things with her photography including images placed in the Audubon International Top 250, local, national, 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 Light Space & Time for April, 2019. Maureen was selected for a 2-week, solo showcase by Light Space & Time for March 2020, January 2021 and August 2022. Maureen has also served as a juror for the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Colorado.

Maureen’s techniques are largely self-taught. Her work is delivered in an array of styles that arc between realistic, passionately abstract and doggedly figurative.

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

12th Place – Overall - Li Peizhen - "WINTER DAY”

12th Place – Overall - Li PeizhenBorn in Beijing in August 1956, Li Peizhen is a member of China Artists Association and the China Mural Society. He graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Capital Normal. He is also a graduate of an advanced workshop on frescoes at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, a workshop at China Oil Painting Academy and the Lopez Garcia & Grucho Spanish Realist Painting Advanced Seminar.

In 1997, he was granted an exhibition at the National Art Museum of China (Northwest Hall).

Many of his oil paintings have won awards in international competitions, have been published in newspapers and magazines and collected at home and abroad.

Li Peizhen can be reached via his Email.

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