Kitts paints from life as often as he can, and though the landscapes and people around his home in Oregon provide occasional inspiration.
In the following pages, we’re happy to present a selection of winners and finalists in each category. Enjoy the diverse works of these artists.
Over the years, studying with such landscape painters as Gil Dellinger, Kathleen Dunphy, and Brian Blood as well as teaching workshops herself, Wilbur's approach has evolved from fairly realistic to a looser, impressionistic style.
Similar to Méheut, Rich alters the perspectives of her subject matter to portray honest but “unexpected” views of everyday scenes in people’s lives, from a dinner gathering to a funeral procession.
Though he continually hones his technique and cultivates a signature style, Taylor nonetheless continues to thrive on discovery through exploration.
With his subject matter defined and his style and medium developed, Baker’s fine-art career has lately progressed from strength to strength.
Across all his works, Kelly wants his brushwork and mark-making to be visible. “I want my work to look real, but it’s fun to look at a painting when you can see the artist’s process,” he says.
It takes just one sweeping look through Tyler Swain’s oeuvre of still-life paintings to recognize that the Utah artist celebrates beauty in simplicity, and nature offers up some of his best models in that department.
Though the artist often depicts wildlife around her home in the Flathead Valley, she views her oeuvre of oils in much broader terms.
While reference photographs have their place at his easel, Dan Bulleit prefers to portray poignant moments he himself has observed and experienced, from a chess game with his daughter to a scenic overlook at a local restaurant.