Upstream People Gallery

12th Painting, Drawing, Photography & Print Juried Online International Art Exhibition

Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition

The “12th Painting, Drawing, Photography & Print Juried Online International Art Exhibition” proved to be one of exceptional talent and diversity of approaches in artistic expression. Notably there are several artists from various countries, including Canada, China, Estonia, India, Italy and the Phillipines as well as many North American states.

Following are some juror comments about works that are quite impressive in terms of subject matter and technical bravado.

Dr. DON BERGLAND of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada has such a facility with his digital media. Of particular intrigue is his work entitled “Diagnosis” with the central expressive figure surrounded by various structural treatment radiating outward amidst a planetary atmosphere.
Also, “Halftime” displays his imaginative skill interpreting in an abstract manner, the three commentators during a game’s halftime. The heads are like speakers. And “Sanctuary” is dynamically orchestrated with the richly complex arrangement connected via a radial balance.

MICHAEL BOLLERUD of Garden City, Michigan is a prolific and skilled drawer of Native American imagery. All of his drawings are touching indeed! “Little Dreamer” shows the young child with an elder looking over as if part of the child’s dream. “Message from the Wind” shows the great connection that the indians have with nature. “The Messenger” shows the intense tonal contrast of the face together with the wolf, horses and birds, all of which take part in the life of the messager. The circular arrangement in “Silent Wisdom” frames the wise indian and shows the understanding he has from his natural surroundings. The higher key helps with the message of silent wisdom. And “The Butterfly Maiden” is a good example of an indian woman with clear detailing amidst the amorphous.

KATE BORCHERDING of Huntsville, Texas combines lithography with monoprint to accomplish a dramatic use of the human head as seen in her piece “Three Heads Rotating”. The eye-to-eye positioning of the two heads in “Two Heads Pressing” is also strong. Moreover, her piece “Two Heads, Three Feathers” with the greater contrasts is quite compelling. The hands coming into the frame from upper left and bottom right works quite well in a mysterious way in the work “Two Heads, Three Flys”. Her color palette and patterning demonstrate a high skill level with her signature approach.

PETER BOYADJIEFF of Montreal, Quebec, Canada has an interesting contemporary interpretation in his black and white photograph “Jacob’s Ladder”. His crisp character with his imagery is outstanding in all his pieces and the dark bordering technique adds strength to each work. And "Predator" does speak well about how the business world symbol of the building does interrupt our landscape in more ways than one.

WILLIAM BUTLER of Johnston, Iowa develops works with a spiritual importance. “Acknowledge” (Scripture: Ps. 91:14) gives an image of a Christlike figure in warm tones with a grid-work utilized as if in a confessional. His “Anointest” (Scripture: Ps. 23) shows the very dynamic coloration, movement and organic patterning to express the intensity of being anointed. In a contemporary artistic mode he shows the Christlike face in “Imperishable One” (Scripture: 1 Corinth. 15: 53-57). The everlasting one shows the big, smiling and happy face! And “Restoreth” (Scripture: Ps. 23) shows an understanding of the renewal of the face of the earth.

ENRIQUE CACHERO JR. of Las Pinas City, Manila, Philippines is a master of acrylic that shows a watercolor appearance. “My Bike” is a wonderful display of detail throughout the linear work. The orange, yellow and violet combination is enticing. His work “Horses” is a delight in a playful yet highly skilled cross-contouring technique in pen and ink. With a similar approach to his bike composition, he develops his “Pet Rooster” with outstanding color and play of scale.

KALENA M. CHAMPLIN of Westbury, New York has several digital photographic prints selected for this show. Of particular note is her piece “Untitled” with the intense movement captured within the low-key setting of the stable structures.

MANIHOO CHANG of New York, New York takes an interesting concept that includes money. “Show / Every Footstep Counts” is quite interesting with the shape of feet moving along the large shape of the dollar sign. Reinforcing the importance of money, the piece “Show / This is Life” can make you think. And even the idea of marriage is developed around money all arranged with an outline of the left hand.

VANESSA COMPTON of Prescott, Arizona uses mixed media collage to create an attractive egg shape that combines various animals that are positioned in a nest in the work "The Animals". With another theme using arms and hands she creates the wonderful piece “This Field of Dreams” with an upbeat message. Quite strange is her piece “The Eyes of This World #1” shows the loaded imagery of eyes in mass, as an overall pattern - how wonderfully beautiful are all the eyes. And continuing the upbeat use of arms and hands she further develops “Fields of Midnight Memory”.

CARLOS CORDOVA of Ventura, California takes fragments of images which tends to create a kind of mystery. In “Confession” there are glimpses of experiences and the older figure in white plays a role in understanding this work. ”Waiting for the Coast to Clear” perhaps suggests a hopeful waiting for the time when peace will reign.

IOANA DATCU of Vermont, Illinois is very prolific and has received numerous awards for her artwork. Her work “Embedding History” is an interesting abstraction which shows a unique understanding of oil painting and displays her prowess of a developed imagination.

ERNIE L. FOURNET of New Iberia, Louisiana has an affinity with police and military officers. His masterful technique using acrylic to model imagery with a realistic approach is highly skilled as seen in “Almost Under Colors”. And combining acrylic with graphite he depicts “Can’t Keep A Good Man Down” with visual precision. In “Highwater Hero” and “The Calm Before” he shows his attention to detail in the various textural treatments. And in his “The Stack” he shows the grouping of police men demonstrating a kind of power in numbers.

PAT GOLTZ of Tucson, Arizona takes her photography to a high level. In “Costa’s Hummingbird” she shows the delicate branch and bird in detail contrasted to the distant and blurred, large mountain terrain. Also playing with close and distance, she shows “Harris’s Hawk with Moon” with the two-centers composition showing two iconic images in the sky.

ANNETTE A. HANNA of Boonton Twp., New Jersey is one of those master figurative artists who paints in oil. “All Around Black" is a highly developed “L Shape” composition. “Black Tights II” shows her painterly style with the relaxed central figure. Also, in “Day Dreamer III” she places the figure at an angle amidst the structured environment, contrasting it with her cool colored outfit. And “In the Eyes of the Beholder” she shows her attention to detail in the tattoos. This painting is quite nice with the portraiture using the light shirt and warm skin tones that contrast with the cool blue background and repeating the linear pattern with the flag and the hat. “Waiting” is also a bit more complex in composition but is wonderfully orchestrated.

LUCY HELTON of Brooklyn, New York photographs special moments. “Grace” is one of those nicely arranged and dealing with a higher dimension in the praying figure bowed over his food. “Gun Cloud” also seems to capture a special moment.

ASHLEE LYNN HILL of Adrian, Michigan is able to manipulate film and photography in a special way. “Shadows in Time” is interesting with the overlay of horse profiles in white with the horse in the distance. And her “Understanding Equines” she uses the digital and mixed media to create a dynamic play of horse imagery together with a white text treatment.

ANN ISOLDE of Santa Monica, California shows a nice visual precision in analogous colors in her work “The Golden Trout Wilderness Journey” dealing with the journey of the trout moving through its environment during particular phases of the moon cycle.

HUGH JONES of Arlington, Virginia is able to show the viewer many aspects of our world and various peoples. “Flower Marker, Hoi An, Vietnam” is indicative of his ability to compose interesting works. Quite unusual for the western viewer is his piece “Karst Formation, Li River, China” which its dramatic atmospheric condition and play of scale. “Maroon Bells, Colorado” is wonderful with the high contrast in the positive and negative interplay of the clouds. And in a close-up he captures the surface cool colored water beads and the warm reflection on the other side. And “The Uros Islands of Lake Titicaca, Peru 1” shows his high skill with crisp photography with excellent compositional proportions.

JENNIFER MYERS KIRTON of Mount Dora, Florida has an interesting title with her pen and ink work “Second Hand Rose” with the highly developed and intricate imagery with the lower part as if in progress.

DOUG and EILEEN LEUNIG of Peoria, Illinois has the ability to show drama in his works that are sparkling with light and dark contrast as seen in “Metropolis”. Also, "Valley of Fire” is rich in terms of the lit up areas and the warm ground and cool sky arrangement.

MO MO LIN of New York, New York has an amazing work entitled “Mirror of Mind / Spiritual Homeland” which shows a combination of media with glimpses of information. In a more realistic approach she shows “Follow Me” with a teacher having students follow along with the exercise.

DESRAY LITHGOW of Corvallis, Oregon takes a kind of “Last Supper” imagery and economizes it to express the concept of “Stairway to Heaven”. This rendition with the rose-like flower on the table is rather thought-provoking.

SANDRA MUELLER of Malibu, California has access to some rich textural areas as seen in “Floating Debris I”. Her “Fossil Swirls II” is quite nice wit the dark shadow figure that is a bit tilted. And “Fossil Swirls III” is strong in that the warm and cool add to the moving textural patterns.

LISA NOSS of Tampa, Florida gives us a rather ethereal piece in blue tones entitled “Attached”. The light coming into the frame and the blurred white winged shape with the more detailed leaf are all intriguing together.

KEITH PFEIFFER of Roanoke, Virginia has several remarkable digital photographs of a man covered in mud. “Mud - 1”, “Mud - 2”, “Mud - 3” and “Mud - 4” are exceptional in that who would have thought to do this in a serious, formal presentation.

PATRICIA PLACONA of Roanoke, Virginia has a fresh painterly style in oil. her grouping of musicians in warm and cool colors is directly stated in “City Symphony”.

NELSON REINHARDT of Cincinnati, Ohio has a definite style of painting with acrylic with a thin wash technique. Especially nice is the casual look given in “Emily” with the somewhat tenebristic value rendering.

JASON SABBIDES of Johnson City, Tennessee has a great imagination. His Intaglio and Oil work “Flying Machine 23.5” is strong indeed in a figure/ground framework, yet with a rich textural ground. And “I Lost it” is quite nice in terms of the message.

LOIS SCHLACHTER of Spring Mount, Pennsylvania blends acrylic with exceptional skill showing fantasy at its best. “Amusement Park” is delightful in terms of the imagery and the great polychromatic palette. In “Mirror, Mirror” there seems to be a give and take reading as the viewer moves all around with the amazing color and line movements. And with a sense of depth and outstanding color, she creates “Oil Reserves”.

JIHYUN SONG of Ames, Iowa has a classic display of watercolor techniques with architectural imagery. “The Hospice Care” shows a looseness together with a controlled house structure.

CHARLES STROH of Kalamazoo, Michigan develops some serious works in terms of content and style. “Grievous Sin Series: Child Neglect” is very dramatic with a very important message. Another important work is “Grievous Sin Series: Overconsumption” considering the obesity plague these days and the excessive consumerism rampaging our society. Also, “Grievous Sin Series: Tangled Webs We Weave” shows how removed we can become in the false patterns of life we create. And rather succinctly he creates a very dynamic piece called “Grievous Sin Series: Satan Takes Another Politician Home” which has current value indeed.

MERIKE SULE-TRUBERT of Tartu, Estonia is a master pencil drawer as seen in “Mysterious Tree” which does has a mystery to it with the face embedded in the tree. “Romantic Tree” is another characteristic work showing her sensitivity in drawing the delicate tree form. Also, she handles collage in an interesting way when considering her piece “Self-Portrait”.

THOMAS TEAMOH (Li Fei Long Chinese Name) of Chongqing PR, China shows his professional artistry using photography. Capturing an elegant piece with a warm, quiet mood he shows “Sunset People”. On the cool side he gives “Stillwater” in a vertical framework. With simplicity and awesome color he captures “Peaceful Palms”.

LORETA TEODOROVA of Napoli, Italy creates a dynamic oil on jute work displaying a knowledge of psychology. In “Alter Ego” she shows a kind of struggle yet embracing of the concept. And in “The Mystical Death” she shows an imaginative conception in abstract terms.

T T TUNG of New York, New York delicately paints imagery as seen in “Flower Exploration”. Another richly detailed piece is “Immortal” with the red flower imagery enhanced with the cool curvilinear patterning.

STACIE TURNER of West Hartford, Connecticut gives a narrative with her experience at the carnival. Most appealing is the work “No Rocking” which tends give excitement to the work, especially for those who have experienced any rocking on the ferris wheel high up in the air.

S. V. N. of Denver, Colorado has a unique way of presenting acrylic paintings in a papier mache containment. “Communion” is well orchestrated triangular arrangement of people. “Street’s Hope” is very interesting in the semi symmetrical arrangement of figures and butterflies. And “Wash Park” shows some interesting facial expressions with a little more spatial effects.

MELISA VANCE of Columbia, Missouri has a developed sense of graphic design. Her work “Identity” is helped with the descriptive text used to form the face.

CAROLE WELLEN of Toms River, New Jersey shows various masks and of particular interest is the highly patterned “Mask #7” which is intricate and bold at the same time.

LANCE YOUNG has the ability to work with digital manipulation to enhance his imagery as seen in “Fantasy Garden”. The combination of various sizes of plant forms adds variety in an interesting way. And in a work dealing with more spatial dimension “Temple on the Hill” is quite effective giving importance to the building with the very light temple amidst the darker environment.

ANNETTE ZALANOWSKI of Altoona, Pennsylvania is a remarkable artist with her skill with mixed patterns. Using mixed media she shows the development of a person in her piece “On Becoming Jane”. And very rich too is her other work “Tsunami” with the use of cool blue against the warm land and building.


Laurence Bradshaw
Curator, Professor of Art