Here’s a sampling of the 100 entries that made it to the final round of judging.
Painter Nyle Gordon hesitates to peg his style, and it’s easy to see why. Although strong color harmonies and generous dabs of texture make regular appearances in his paintings, his diversified oeuvre ranges from subtle abstraction to more realistic representations.
Denman’s lifelong love of painting parallels his ongoing, deep affection for nature, and as such, animals have dominated his artwork since adolescence.
Hitchens, whose impressionistic style reflects contemporary and imaginative realism. “Ever since I was a child, nature has fascinated me. I have memories of sitting outside watching the leaves blow in the wind and creating infinite patterns.”
Coleman has been working professionally to create such convincing, absorbing illusions of life for almost a quarter of a century now. In that time, the 67-year-old artist has earned a stellar reputation in the world of western art, achieving along the way memberships in the prestigious National Sculpture Society since 1999 and the Cowboy...
California artist Karl Dempwolf has a deep love of nature. When he sets up his paint box, he says, “It’s not really important that it’s going to turn into some fantastic painting. It’s just the act of being out in nature all by myself, sitting in God’s creation, and putting something down on canvas.”
Peter Fiore’s oeuvre is a work in progress—a visual coalescence of ever-growing knowledge, technique, and aesthetic ideals. Each successive body of work builds upon the last to reflect not only the current moment in his journey but also the accumulation of every one that came before.