Upstream People Gallery

12th Annual Landscape Juried Online International Art Exhibition

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The 12th Annual Landscape Juried Online International Art Exhibition highlights several approaches to the imagery of the land showing various uses of media. Herein are a few comments about some of the artists’ specially recognized works.

ESTHER AKRISH of Mercer Island, Washington shows versatility in subject matter and media. One of her best works in all her selected works is the work “Pathway to the Beach” with its spontaneity and textural treatment with watercolor.

KALENA M. CHAMPLIN of Westbury, New York captures a unique photographic image in “Pharaoh’s Chariot” humorously titled in that the pyramid and motorcycle are vastly different historically but quite effective together.

JOHN CINCO of Staten Island, New York works with Adobe Photoshop to create two very dramatic prints. “Subterranean Sanctuary” and “Summit Beckoning” are both rich with horizontal positioning arranged in a vertical format. The former is most dramatic with the high tonal and color contrast and quite interesting in the unusual formations.

CHRISTINE DRAKE of Lexington, Virginia has a great sense of texture using oil on paper as seen in the exquisite, square formatted piece entitled “Stubble” wherein the strong texture and shaping works well with the high key color scheme.

SUSANA GARCIA ESPINOSA of Colonia Centro, Xalapa, Veracruz presents some very honest watercolor interpretations especially seen in her piece “Jardin Botanico” with its lyrical treatment in the brushwork.

GEORGE S. GATI of Beekman, New York captures a rather intense and dramatic work in photography with his piece “After the Storm at Sunset”. “Antennas Galore (Morocco)” is another interesting and unusual photograph showing technology amidst the land. His “Grand Canyon Detail #1” is quite handsome in terms of the vastness captured in space showing the tree in the foreground with the faded typography in the distance. And “Grand Canyon Detain #2” captures great depth and detail in the foreground rock formations. Also, “Somewhere in Morocco” is nicely composed with the figure walking in the foreground with the stationary and high contrast in the middleground.

DENIS HAGEN of Wheaton, Illinois has a keen eye indeed as seen in his marvelous work “Clouds and Cookie Cutter Homes” especially remarkable with the cropping at the bottom. And “Morning Fog 28” shows the warmth in the faded distance with continued subtly in the cloud formations.

WILLIAM HAUBERT of Arlington, Virginia finds rare visuals in his work as seen in “Approaching Storm” with its unusual vantage point of view. His “Blue Sunrise” is quite remarkable with the strength of the blue hues. “Don’t Rock the Boat” is quite nice with such a title and the small triangle of the sky at the top. And what a wonderful discovery in his piece “North Window” in black and white which allows it greater strength for the void shape to be noticed.

RICHARD HELMICK of Corvallis, Oregon develops an unusual treatment using art markers. “Bird in Trees 1” is delicate yet bold. The horizontal arrangement is quite effective with such a subject matter.

JANETTE K. HOPPER of Red Springs, North Carolina shows her adeptness with oil painting as seen in “Rainbow Falls”. This piece works well in that the water flows downward and the tree grows upward.

ANN ISOLDE of Santa Monica, California gives the show some abstraction in her presentation of “Nocturne” with the varied geometric and organic movements.

ERICA JENSEN of Eureka, California has some “beautiful” landscapes. Especially attractive is her piece “Founder’s Grove” with the light coming through the trees along the road. Also her panoramic presentation of “Stone Lagoon” is a good example of land, water and sky. And “Tree Covered in Moss” is quite different with the greenness and the tree structure with curving limbs.

F. M. KEARNEY of New York, New York does special effects with his photographs as seen in “Center Attraction” which shows the small and delicate amidst the largeness and strength of buildings. Special lighting effects and color add strength to his piece “New York On the Rocks”.

JO KUBRAN of Tucson, Arizona captures a strong work in photography as seen in her high contrast piece “Saquaros in Silhouette”. “Saquaro Skeleton with Hole” is quite remarkable with the unusual texture. Also, “Tres Sabuaros in Snow” is rather unique especially with snow.

WARREN MOSELEY of Weatherford, Oklahoma captures the essence of the farm life in his piece “Max’s Place” wherein the light and silvery geometric farm structures stand out from the green land. And the contrast found in the organic color of the tree together with the geometric black and white building is very effective in “Stanley Park Vancouver in Autumn”. His piece “Sea to Sky Highway” is strong in the contrast of size and warm and cool variation.

JERRY P. PARK of Nashville, Tennessee shows a variety of shapes and color in his piece “Glouchester Harbor”. Also showing the color of yellow, centrally located, this plan works again in his work “Copse”. And with the use of focal point he captures wonderful color and texture in “A Pierless Morning”. His piece “Island Sanctuary” is nicely composed in high tonal contrast. Furthermore “Zion Pinion” is quite nice with the contrast of the strong and delicate working together.

JAY SPILKER of Lincoln, Nebraska captures intriguing imagery in “Deserted I Ashland Nebraska” with the foreground swing and house in the middleground which he connects by color. Another very strong and rather mysterious work is seen in “Deserted II Ashland Nebraska” which is especially strong in black and white. And “Deserted III Ashland Nebraska” is another fine use of space.

TAMI SUEZ of Even Yehuda, Israel uses the C-Print to present a strong tonal contrast in “Eucalyptus” wherein the single tree bending inward on the left complements the grouping of trees on the right. Also handsome is the work “Fog” showing detail in the foreground with the fog over the waterway. And “Southern Sunset” is very nice with the glowing edges and small figures with the radiating light.

FRITZ SUTER of Van Nuys, California is able to depict cityscapes in detail. His “Cleveland - The New American City” is rich with variety. And he is able to abstract in detail showing “L. A. Bird City” with even greater color.

LEAH VAN REES of Milton, Delaware captures a rich fluidity in her oil paintings on canvas. “Quiet Nook of Jay Brook” is strong in color tonality. “Roots of Jay Brook” shows a different view of the same subject matter. The warmth on the left and the cool on the right work well in this arrangement. Her “Untitled” is rich in light and dark with a kind of fantasy.

KEITH WELCH of Lubbock, Texas has an interesting approach to the subject of the landscape using the two-dimensional kind of insert into the spatial formations. One of the strongest is “Little Red Hotel” showing the hotel on the cliff with a section of a kind of “Monopoly Game Board” placed inside the scene on the right of the painting. With the same method he creates “Manarola (Magically Delicious)” comparing the many house structures on the hill with colorful shapes together with a close-up of what seems like a kind of building material. And especially nice is his acrylic on wood panel piece entitled “Royal Pine Car-Freshner” showing the car deodorizer and next to it a rendering of a road and landscape in the shape of the freshner.

RICHARD WYNNE of Lake Elsinore, California shows a field of flowers delicately painted with encaustic on canvas in his piece “Sunflowers Lopburri” which works well in the fifty-two inch width.

Enjoy the show!


Laurence Bradshaw
Curator, Professor of Art