Heart art is at the core of every true artist’s work. At the core of every piece of art is the artist, who they are, their experiences, emotions…
The artist’s presence is most prominent when the artist is working through something. That artwork, for me, is the most impactful for the viewer. It is when the artist has the most influence and power to create change. This is how I juried this show. These pieces made the most emotional impact on me, had more depth and a story.
First Place: Bonnie Lebesch, Love Letters #3
This piece is the ultimate expression of an artist’s emotional process. This is the outward expression of working through a rough time, turning it into something positive and beautiful.
Second Place: Julie Janney, All I Want is You
Standing in front of this piece I could feel the sense of yearning. This piece sucked me in and did not want to let go.
Third Place: Becky Hawley, It’s Complicated
This is such a strong expression of who she is as a person and artist. It is difficult as an artist to let yourself be completely vulnerable and I admire her for it.
Mickey Bookstaber, Heart Squared
Such beautiful craftsmanship, which I could not let go unrecognized.
Karen Cannon, Be Mine
Wonderfully done and even though I hate chocolate, I want one of these chocolates. Now that’s expressive power!
Amanda Szopinski, Adored
Her loose expressive use of brush strokes and color seems to be done by being present in the moment allowing the painting to come to life. Telling us their story.
Evie Tilley, The Color of Passion
A true expression of deep rich passion that is so inviting that I want to keep coming back to it.
-Megan Tilley, juror