Here’s a sampling of the 100 entries that made it to the final round of judging.
Denman’s lifelong love of painting parallels his ongoing, deep affection for nature, and as such, animals have dominated his artwork since adolescence.
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...
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.
Jacobsen’s penchant for painting on location also reflects his admiration for a long line of artists—landscape, figurative, or still-life—whose mastery was due, at least in part, to painting directly from life.