Juror's Statement | Return to Exhibition
This year’s “10th Annual Landscape International Juried Online Art Exhibition received works from all around and even as far as Turkey and West Africa. The landscape definitely seems an important subject matter during these days of the changing landscape in many parts of the world and this can have a profound effect on our lives.
The fifty-two artists selected are: Kathy Scales-Adkins, Esther Akrish, Corina S. Alvarezdelugo, Scott Baker, Betty Bay, Marika Berlind, Shant Beudjekian, Nancy Chapman, Anne Cherubim, Michele Cohn, Michael Cook, Christine Cote, Ryan Cummings, Selma Durukanozlu, Walter Blaine Early IV, Judith Eastburn, Joyce Ferris, Chelsea Frye, Doug Garder, Steve Gildea, Dave Hellman, Anna Jane henderson, Lynn Hill, Dan Hittleman, Lin Xia Jiang, Dianne Kadah, Abram W. Kaplan, Stan Kaplan, F. M. Kearney, Janine Kilty, Annieo Klaas, Avy Loftus, Mike Mazer, Karen Phipps, Edmond Piffard, Colin Poole, Mayda Rumberg, Jeremy Schlosser aka Shot By J, Ryan Schuler, jeremy Schutte, Diane Shaw, Peter Sheesley, Dorothy Shepherd, Chava Shtraykher, Michael Thorpe, Joel Tidey, Rosario Trevino, Elaine Tweedy, Karen Wallen, Charles Wallis, Rosalind Faiman Weinberg and Phillip A. Windell aka paw fotograph.
Following are comments about some of the artwork that captured a particularly interesting aspect of the landscape through various artists’ individualistic vision(s).
KATHY SCALES-ADKINS of Cumming, Georgia expresses with a fluid brush in acrylic paint. “Autumn Field” stands out with the rich tonal work in a zigzag formation in the clouds that continues on the ground.
SCOTT BAKER of Alliance, Nebraska is a prolific photographer who excels in capturing that special view of subject matter. One of the most intriguing is his work entitled “Motion Zoom” in which his treatment of the subject is almost an abstraction with exciting areas of brilliant colors on black.
NANCY CHAPMAN of Saunderstown, Rhode Island has developed an interest in rock formations. “Daylight I” shows an unusual vantage point in which the view is of a group of rocks with small areas of the sky showing through. Being able to see the light could be an interesting interpretation.
MICHELE COHN of Red Lodge, Montana has a wonderful understanding of mixed media in creating luscious textural areas as seen in her work “Cottonwood March”. The collaged pattern in the foreground adds to the variety in contrast to the more amorphous spaces.
MICHAEL COOK of Bloomsbury, New Jersey creates a kind of softness in the landscape. One of the most successful is the work “Day of Reckoning” in which the near symmetrical arrangement goes from dark on the sides to light inside; from warm and dull to cooler and bright.
CHRISTINE COTE of Brunswick, Maine has a very nice work in her photograph of “Dusk Over Maquoit Bay” creating a subtle tonal and color transition from the cool snow covered landscape meeting the warm sunset. Her piece “Fresh Snow” is a well structured pattern of the white land, the row of trees and the soft clouds in the sky.
RYAN CUMMINGS of Raleigh, North Carolina is unequaled in his use of mixed media and the landscape. In “Early Birds - Daybreak Over Dorothea Dix, Early Spring 2008" he shows vintage photographs, suggesting an earlier time period, in the foreground with the sunrise reflecting softly on the light clouds. "Inroads - the Eastern Edge of Centennial Campus - Spring of 2008" is also somewhat narrative.
SELMA DURUKANOZLU of Istanbul, Turkey has fluid brushwork depicting dynamic perspectives especially noted in “Haydarpasa” with the close up building structure which looks down from a balcony onto ships on the bright blue water. With a similar sense of perspective “Bahaekoy” shows the delightful pattern of brightly colored imagery in the foreground curving back around a bend in the road.
WALTER BLAINE EARLY, IV of Lexington, Kentucky takes the concept of the landscape to a highly imaginative level. In his conceptual sculpture pieces we find wood as the common denominator. Especially wonderful is the work “Billingsley” in which the gathered, organic stripped limbs counterbalance the black steel beam in a near 90 degree top angle.
JUDITH EASTBURN of Des Moines, Iowa has submitted some nice gelatin silver prints showing various parts of the land. Especially strong is her piece “Framed Tree” which asymmetrically centers a lone tree with the vertical trees on both sides framing the square format.
DOUG GARDER of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota gives the show a descriptive etching entitled "Change" which shows the play of a larger tree on the right balancing three small trees on the left with the sky suggesting change moving in.
STEVE GILDEA of Natick, Massachusetts uses photographs in a montage format. Most compelling is the unusual arrangement in “Matsumoto Castle” in which a figure-ground relationship helps to place the castle above and the ducks and fish below. Another interesting one is “Takada Castle, Day” showing the scene with photographs of parts of the tree placed above the main montage.
DAVE HELLMAN of Branford, Connecticut masters digital photography. “Micro Landscape - Sunflower Seeds” gives the show an unexpected view of a close up in a basic yellow and black. Special digital treatment renders his work “Snow Covered Cove” a special place indeed. And most impressive is his work “Warp Cloud Boat in Corner” which is quite awesome.
DAN HITTLEMAN of Melville, New York captures the essence of “BIg Sur” on the California coastline. Another engaging piece is “Point Lobos Tree” showing the strength of a tree having been formed enduring the rather volatile sea coast weather. Yet another interesting work is “Stonecrop Bridge” which is a rather unusual formation. “Sunrise at Ditch Plains II” has a nice radial quality with the scene balanced with dark against light.
ABRAM KAPLAN of Granville, Ohio captures the magnificence of the landscape most especially in his work called “Halekala Summit” revealing the awesome atmospheric perspective in all it’s glory. Dramatically positioned in the vertical context is his inspiring piece “Skagway Sunset” with beautiful rose-orange reflections on the skyscape.
STAN KAPLAN of Levittown, New York shows linocuts and etchings with masterful skill. “Cornfield” shows his ability to emphasize the linear qualities of the corn plants and the wood buildings. His work “Swift Water Bridge” also shows the interplay of linear patterns.
F. M. KEARNEY of New York, New York uses a golden and violet landscape with the shadow of a tree cantilevering across to present the idea of “Forgotten Memories”. And in his piece “Nature’s Course” the cantilevered and unusually colored and snow-covered branch is striking against the brilliance of the blue and cloudy sky.
ANNIEO KLAAS of Dakar, Senegal, West Africa gives an impressionistic style to the work “Light on Linden Tree” in which the glow of light softens the upward gaze upon the top of the trees.
MIKE MAZER of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts graces this year’s show with his skillful watercolors. Of particular note is “Tent at Tabor Academy” showing water, land, building structures, trees and sky and includes the human figure in this one.
EDMOND PIFFARD of Solana Beach, California is a painters’ painter in terms of the lusciousness of his use of oil. “Dawn on the Bosphorous” shows the impressionistic style especially in the water. The warm and cool, bright and dull contrast makes for a dynamic composition. “Far Side of Giza” is certainly one to receive compliments with the coloration and the play of the triangularities throughout.
COLIN POOLE of Santa Fe, New Mexico achieves dramatic effects in his oil on wood artwork. The play of light and shadow, warm and cool is significant in “Evening Glow”. The crackling on the piece is unusual. Another rich piece is “Homeward Bound” with the high tonal contrast and the brilliant coloration as a man walks calmly along.
MAYDA RUMBERG of New York City, New York gives a night scene that is rather mysterious, looking upon lit windows in her photograph “Brownstones at Night”.
JEREMY SCHUTTE of Tempe, Arizona masterfully paints panoramic scenes as seen in “Phoenix -South Mountain” showing the expanse of the terrain. “South Mountain” is another fine painting showing a hardness and a softness.
DIANE SHAW of Martin, Tennessee presents some strong painterly quality in her acrylic work entitled “October Blue” with color tonality that sparkles.
PETER SHEESLEY of Sioux Center, Iowa has some of the richest oil paintings in terms of the voluptuous fluidity. “Autumn Crown”, “Outlook Marsh” and "Still Green” are three of his finest works.
DOROTHY SHEPHERD of Sunland, California has conquered a signature style in her use of Chinese brush and ink. One of those is “A Quiet Moment” showing a seated figure amidst an expansive and moving landscape. “Fisherman’s Retreat” also plays the use of the large and small scale to show great depth. Her other pieces “In the Yellow Mountains” and “Sunrise in Hwang Shan” are also brilliantly portrayed.
CHAVA SHTRAYKHER of Brooklyn, New York has an interesting approach in her work "Transformation 2". The close and shaded still life on the left is contrasted with a stylized figure which is connected to the red fruit of the still life. The close and distant relationship is compelling.
MICHAEL THORPE of Annapolis, Maryland finds a wonderful scene in his vertically positioned work “Giants Causeway".
ROSARIO TREVINO of Monterrey, Mexico has a unique approach with the landscape in that there is a mystery developed in the positive and negative aspects. Perhaps the most interesting is the painting “Abundancia” with the strong tonal contrast and the cows providing a focal point.
ELAINE TWEEDY of Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada has some colorful acrylic work. “Glorious Colours of Fall” indeed captures a kind of brilliance in the bright yellows and oranges. A nice zigzag arrangement is found in her piece “Rock Isle Lake, Banff, Alberta, Canada”. “Spring Greens” shows how luscious is her brushwork style.
KAREN WALLEN of North Hills, California shows an interest in diagonal compositions. Her photograph “Katrina Blows” shows the destructive aspect of nature in strong tonal contrasts.
CHARLES WALLIS of Fort Worth, Texas paints in a kind of soft manner with beautiful nuances in color gradations. Typical of this style is found in “Crossing Rio Grande”. His masterful attention to detail is found in his piece showing “Roadrunners” pausing along the way.
ROSALIND FAIMAN WEINBERG of Urbana, Illinois gets tonal strength in watercolor as seen in “Glade” with a rich play of linear movement in this yellow and violet complementary coloration in a rather dense aspect of the landscape.
PHILLIP A. WINDELL (aka paw fotograf) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania contributes his masterful digital photograph with works such as “Dinosaur National Monument” in fine detail. "Fishing at Point-No-Point" is an interesting depiction in cool blues with fishermen evenly spaced as the dog watches on. And “Sunrise Over Pittsburgh” is quite attractive with the spots of colored lights at the break of day.
Congratulations to each and every artist showcased in this year’s show. The gallery is proud to be able to exhibit these works to many millions of people.
Curator, Professor of Art