The judge for this exhibition is Clark Mitchell, one of the leading pastel artists in California. His comments about the exhibition and the winners can be found at the bottom of the gallery.

Awards were donated by businesses and individuals.

Best of Show

First Place Award

Second Place Award

Third Place Award

Fourth Place Award

Best Representational Art

Award of Merit

Award of Merit

Award of Merit

Award of Merit

Award of Merit

Award of Merit

Award of Merit

Award of Merit

Award of Merit

Award of Merit

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention

I was delighted to be asked to judge this year’s annual show for the Redwood Art Association. The images I’d seen from past shows were quite impressive, and I was looking forward to what would be submitted this year. I was not disappointed. You’re all a very talented group of artists!

It’s always a challenge to compare stunning and unique items from different mediums. As I worked my way the first time through the entries, I was quite surprised to see how many photographs there were.

High Road – I knew on my first look through that Steven Taylor would receive an award for his landscapes. It was a challenge to decide which painting to choose. It looks as though he does a good deal of plein air painting as well as studio work. Strong compositions, nice warm/cool, light/dark balance. I loved the fence line going downhill as the road rises. Good handling of atmospheric perspective.

Manse on the Loch – What a stunning photo by Alison Pritchard! It’s so moody, much of it monochromatic, with the inviting warm glow of lights on the building and spot on the trees. A great division of space.

Into the Wild  – Something about this simple watercolor of Paul Rickard’s really caught my attention. It’s certainly not detailed; however, it’s so dramatic with the dark figures against the light grasses. The sense of distance is so subtly handled with the thinner and bluer application of pigment moving to the right depicting the treeline.

Moonlight Study – This pen and ink drawing by Patty Yancey is a dance of intriguing organic shapes against the backdrop of the window and dark interior walls of the structure. It shows great confidence and skill in decision-making to keep the surface clean and bright contrasting with the dense black.

Cosmo and Lulu Samoa Beach – There’s something both grand and surreal about this photograph by Jeff McCallay. The swoop of the receding fog, foam trail on the beach, the line of breakers, all directing the viewer’s eye to the dog’s head and the far off companion up the beach.

She Will Not Cry – I feel I can touch the flowers and the vase in Sheena Ruchte’s oil. The blossoms have the accuracy of a botanical illustration which can sometimes look a bit lifeless. Then the illusion of reality is broken by the ghostly figure in the background. Overall quite magical and thought-provoking.

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