“Seascapes” Art Exhibition 2022 – Overall Category

The Overall Winning Artists Category consists of the 12 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 August 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 "Seascapes" Art Exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity and promotion. 

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

1st Place – Overall - Mike DeCesare - "STORM AT SEA”

1st Place – Overall - Mike DeCesare"Photography is my first language, and I try to speak softly, using color, light and tone to wrap the viewer in a moment, an insight, an emotion, and a love and respect for the earth. I alone capture and develop every digital negative, taking precaution to do no harm and leave no trace in the environment."

I started taking pictures as a child, using a Kodak film camera. I evolved into medium format film photography for all of its spectacular clarity.  That meant I was “late” to digital capture, not making the transition until digital technology advanced far enough to make it truly enlightened. 

In college, television/film was my focus and became my career choices for decades, even while photography was always near; often, I integrated my images into project work.  Finally, photography became the focal point of my work, and I have fused it with my love and respect for the outdoors.

My fine art photography explores the interactions of people and nature, from an abandoned cabin in a forest landscape to a doorway in an urban landscape to a billowing storm at sea.  Everywhere there is nature’s grandeur and nature’s fury, and mankind’s imprints and interactions. 

In my work, the viewer is invited inside the image, to see, feel, judge and create their own interpretation and emotional bond.  

Mike’s website is http://prophotonorthwest.com

2nd Place – Overall - Sheryl Menzies - "BEACHCOMBING”

2nd Place – Overall - Sheryl Menzies"My inspiration is the beauty of nature, whether it's the flowers dancing in the breeze or the happy buzzing of the bees. Imagine our world without the color of a freshly open red tulip against the melting spring snow; without the vibrant beat of an island song; without the tantalizing fragrance of a juicy ripe peach. This is art. This is life."

Sheryl has spent her life in various locations of northern and western Canada. She and her husband Ken now split their time between British Columbia, in the sunny Okanagan Valley on beautiful Kalamalka Lake; the countryside of Sturgeon County in Alberta; and the beautiful Bay of Banderas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She went to some art lessons as a whim with a friend when her kids were attending high school, and she has never looked back. She works primarily with oil on canvas and uses a variety of subjects. Landscapes and horses are presently among her favorite. While building their home on Kalamalka Lake, Ken surprised her with an art studio, where she can be found most days immersed in her painting.

Sheryl can be reached via her Email.

3rd Place – Overall - Stephen A Roberson - " WAVES CRASHING ON ROCKS 2”

3rd Place – Overall - Stephen A RobersonStephen is a native Virginian who works in finance and accounting and is a licensed CPA in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Ever since he was a little boy, Stephen was fascinated by airplanes and enjoyed art. After graduating college, Stephen joined the Marine Corps and was commissioned a 2ndLt. The Marines gave him the opportunity to become a Marine aviator, and in November of 1998, Stephen earned his wings of gold and went on to fly CH-46E helicopters. After leaving the Marine Corps, Stephen began focusing his efforts on developing his art, and eventually became a member of the American Society of Aviation Artists (ASAA). Stephen also enjoys painting landscapes and seascapes. He is a Fellow of the ASAA, member of the American Society of Marine Artists, and was accepted to the Coast Guard, and Marine Corps Combat Art Programs.

Stephen's works can be seen in squadron spaces, private collections, the collection of the National Naval Aviation Museum, and in the United States Capitol Building.

Stephen’s website is www.srobersonstudios.com        

4th Place – Overall - Tony Podue - "BOATS AT REST”

4th Place – Overall - Tony PodueI try to paint interesting and compelling subjects, and strive to paint them as I see them, as this provides the greatest challenge and reward if achieved. I prefer acrylics and oils due to their vibrant colors and infinite pallets. I like to play dark colors against lite color, as the contrast makes these paintings more interesting.

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


5th Place – Overall - Colleen J Dyson - "DAYS END”

5th Place – Overall - Colleen J DysonBeing born and raised in the heart of the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia has offered Colleen many areas of inspiration. Her technique is still evolving. Largely self-taught, she has supplemented her education with an online Fine Arts Course and numerous workshops with both local and international artists.

Her travels to Costa Rica and the Canadian west coast have inspired her to step out of her comfort zone completely. Initially painting Still Life and Florals in watercolour, she has moved into oils and is on to boats, seascapes, farms, vineyards, waterways, and now she is dabbling with Figurative works. She and her art are works-in-progress and will be for some time as she works to bring her new favourite big brushes to her painting style.

Colleen’s work reflects her obsession with light and colour. She is intrigued by how light reveals form, creates pattern, and establishes mood. The drama of dark tones versus the magic of light ones, and how light diffuses, bleaches, or disappears to reveal the subtleties of colour. And in colour, the transition between harmonious colours, the vibration between warm and cool, and the shock of opposites.

Colleen’s website is www.colleenjdyson.com

6th Place – Overall - John H Diephouse - "MAELSTROM”

6th Place – Overall - John H DiephouseI am a primarily self-taught photographer who migrated from film to digital photography about fifteen years ago. After retiring from a professional management career, I have more actively explored the technical and creative sides of this media.

I am attracted to a wide variety of subjects ranging from natural landscapes, botanicals and wildlife to images that provide either abstract expression or social commentary. I am interested in sharing images that evoke a story of some kind. Images may be simply documentary, reflect a sense of time and place, or resonate on a more abstract level of color, shape or form. Others provoke an indefinable question that does not readily yield answers without further study and reflection.

Most often I am drawn back to images created while wandering through the back roads and small towns of the upper Midwest. These images of architecture, commerce and social life often reflect a mixture of nostalgia and a changing set of forces that shape life in the heartlands.

I have exhibited widely and have earned recognition in local, regional, and national exhibitions. My photographs are also included in several corporate and private collections.

John can be reached via his Email.  

7th Place – Overall - Laurie Snow Hein - "FLIGHT BRIGADE”

7th Place – Overall - Laurie Snow HeinThe mystique and natural beauty of Florida are the elements that inspire me to bring a canvas to life by capturing a special time of day that is magical. Painting the raw splendor and energy of Florida’s natural environment allows me as an artist to introduce the observer of my artwork to the wonderment I feel when observing God’s craftsmanship. By creating a painting of clouds, ocean, landscape, or birds unique to Florida on canvas, I can bring to life the light and inspiration that makes my work and spirit come alive with beauty, color, emotion. This passion is driven by the desire to create realistic expressions depicting the divine majesty of God’s creations often found only a short drive civilization. I paint this tropical paradise to bring it back home for others to savor and enjoy.

Laurie’s website is www.laurieheinartist.com   

8th Place – Overall - Karen Safer - "BORA BORA SLICE OF HEAVEN”

8th Place – Overall - Karen SaferKaren Safer is a creative - photographer, poet and writer who is musically inclined. She was influenced early on by her dad who developed black and white photos in their back laundry room. Born in LA, she has a master’s degree in art, worked in design and architecture firms, and has traveled and photographed in over 230 countries (and territories). She studied painting and printmaking in early days and continued on to embrace photography where she experimented with techniques including photo transfers, hand-coloring, digital manipulation, etc. She has been influenced by numerous photographers from Atget to Cindy Sherman and has been included in several national and international exhibits and is a 5th generation left-handed, Aquarian, Angelino who is a “romantic soul” with an intellectual appetite.

Karen’s website is www.artfocusin.com

9th Place – Overall - Lee Kwong Tim Jackson - "LIFE HAVE UPS AND DOWNS”

9th Place – Overall - Lee Kwong Tim JacksonIn my spare time I would paint, and what began as a creative outlet eventually developed into my personal style. The idea “Hong Kong in a Better Light” has been in my head for quite some time, Hong Kong is slowly disappearing; many old buildings have been demolished to make room for the modern skyscraper -- for the sake progress. If I can capture all these images, I thought, then this will live on forever for others to appreciate, enjoy, and defend!

Lee’s website is www.jacksonlee-art.com   

10th Place – Overall - Davin McLaird - "UP WITH THE SUN”

10th Place – Overall - Davin McLairdDavin McLaird is a Nashville area creative who expresses himself through music and photography. Photography is his more recent interest, and he has been chasing beauty and light with his camera since 2013.

Davin's main subjects have been landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes, and his work has been displayed in juried exhibitions by the Light, Space & Time online gallery (Seascapes 2018) and Photography Place gallery in Middlebury, Vermont (Contemporary Landscape exhibition).

Davin has a love and deep respect for the literal expression of landscape photography, but also likes to "push" a photograph where his imagination takes it. This often means that the photograph is the starting point, and the end result might take on a more painterly feeling or even going into complete abstraction.

From his home in Franklin, Tennessee, Davin travels regularly to locations with oceans, mountains, forests or deserts for a broad selection of subjects.

Davin’s website is www.davinart.store

11th Place – Overall - Susan van Wyk - "THE FISHERMAN'S FRIEND”

11th Place – Overall - Susan van WykSusan is a digital artist, specialising 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 was placed 7th in the 2021 Seascape competition.

In 2022 Susan took the first prize in the Woman’s Art competition in the Photographic and Digital section with her entry ‘Weathering the Storm’. The image was placed third overall in the competition.

Susan can be reached via her Email.

12th Place – Overall - Ilse Kruger - "125. DRAMATIC BEACH”

12th Place – Overall - Ilse KrugerMy name is Ilse Kruger and I live in Nature’s Valley, beside the sea. I am privileged to see the colors and moods of nature from daybreak to sunset. I had Art as a subject at school and would have loved to study Art. My dad said: ‘Real work, my girl, real work.’

After school, life happened, and I went to study Oral Hygiene. Later I had my own Clothing Manufacturing Company and Boutique. So, I practiced my Art only as a hobby and for the joy of it. I started painting seriously in 2008. It was all because of the inspiration of one woman who crossed my path on one specific day.

I accompanied my husband on a steam train trip around Pretoria. It was a work-related project reward, and we were all to meet at Capital Park Station. I did not know his colleagues. Standing around, I suddenly saw a woman totally mesmerized by something in an ugly old concrete pond, overgrown with weeds. She was in her own world.

While everybody was taking pictures of the steam locomotive, she was taking pictures of the pond. I asked her what she saw, and she waved her arm and said: ‘Come and see.’ I saw amazing reflections in the dirty water: of plants, clouds, blue sky, steam and lastly, the locomotive. She showed me the world of art by opening a window through which I climbed on that day. It changed my life.

Ilse’s website is www.ilsekrugerart.co.za

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