The art that is created today is how this time period will be viewed tomorrow. We want to make a difference in the lives of artists as well as a positive change in the world.

"Animals" 2015 Show

This show will run November 1-30, 2015. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 141 accepted entries and they came from 23 different states in the USA and 12 other countries: Australia, Canada, France, Greece, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Ukraine and United Kingdom. A variety of styles and mediums were entered including, acrylic, charcoal, colored pencil, cut paper, digital, gouache, ink, mixed media, oil, pastel, pen and ink, pencil, photography, scratchboard, and watercolor. The judging criterion was originality, interpretation, quality, demonstration of ability, and usage of medium. Other factors, such as the clarity of the images provided and their ability to be viewed online, as well as relating to the theme, also contributed to our decision. “Best of Show”, “First Place”, and “Second Place” winners received a monetary award in addition to special recognition.

We were very happy to present a check to the Humane Society, with 10% of all entry fees from this show. Our local center, Bedford County Humane Society (in Pennsylvania), receives no government funding and is not a United Way agency. Instead, the generosity of individual and corporate supporters allows the continued operation and growth of the many programs and services. The BCHS provides services for more than 1000 animals each year. For more information about BCHS, please visit their website Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, LLC is not affiliated with any the Humane Society. It is our hope that this small act of kindness will blossom and grow to help someone else.

Thank you to all the artists who participated! Your talents and skills gave us a diverse body of work to create this attractive show.

Buyers- Please contact the artists directly for sales. Colors of Humanity Art Gallery does not handle any part of the sale or collect any commission, it is solely between the buyer and artist. You may find a link to the artist’s website or email address below their work.


Sheryl Hughes is a native Californian who took up painting later in her life. She has been taking photographs for many years and now uses those pictures as inspiration for her paintings. She Graduated from Art Instruction Schools in 2008, and was given Outstanding Graduate Award in 2009 from DETC (Distance Education and Training Council). She has since became a Multi Award Winning Wildlife Artist. After spending many years visiting longtime friends that live there, Sheryl decided to move to Florida. She enjoys traveling and going back to California and Oregon to visit friends and family there. During her travels she spends time enjoying some of her favorite hobbies, scuba diving & photography. While diving she enjoys underwater photography and has achieved her underwater photography certification.

Out of the water, she enjoys traveling around Florida taking pictures of Florida’s wildlife. She has also traveled up and down both the US east and west coasts finding more inspiration for her photos and paintings. Her paintings can be seen in many businesses around Northern California and Florida.   

"Owliver" Was a patient at Florida Wildlife Hospital in Melbourne Florida, as I am a member and my best friend works there I was able to get picture of him to paint. He is a beautiful Owl and enjoyed painting him. Now I have painted several of the patients of the hospital.

It was on Christmas Day in 2007 that a tragedy struck San Francisco Zoo and affected the entire Bay Area. Taunted and harassed by three young men, Tatiana, a Siberian tiger, jumped out of her enclosure. After mauling her harassers, she was tracked and shot dead by police officers. She was only four years old. I enjoyed seeing Tatiana every time I went to the zoo. As my tribute to her undeserved end, I tried to paint her eyes and fur as accurately as possible so others could see her as pure and beautiful as she was and that this image will always remind us of Tatiana.

Much of my art focuses on nature and expresses my love for animals, both domesticated and wild. The beauty of these creatures comes from their deep innocence and honesty. Their attentions are never divided. It seems they have mastered the art of living in the moment of the NOW. By painting them I aspire to create art as pure and beautiful as they are —as if in the process of painting I will touch that special treasure hidden deep within their eyes.

Painting satisfies my creative urges as well as educates me. My own senses of perception are sharpened as I try to capture the essence of my subject, and in the process I learn more about the nature of these creatures as well as myself.

My love for art and nature began during early childhood. Throughout my youth I possessed a strong fascination with the scientific and natural world coupled with a passion for the arts. In August of 2009, at the age of 20, I began to focus on promoting my wildlife art and developing a presence in the art community. I work in a highly realistic style because I believe that nature’s beauty lies in it’s tiny details that are often overlooked, such as the moist, leathery texture of a nose or the bent, loose hairs in an animal’s seemingly immaculate pelt.

I work primarily in acrylics and scratchboard, alternating between the two as needed to realize my visions. Scratchboard is a little known medium made up of a 1/8″ masonite panel that is covered with smooth white clay and coated with a fine layer of india ink. I use a sharp knife to scratch every single detail and hair by hand. A single scratchboard piece can be made up of tens of thousands of tiny scratches layered atop one another. Additionally, I airbrush thin coats of india ink back onto my boards before beginning the scratching phase all over again for a second time. This allows me to achieve additional tones that are not otherwise possible.

This show received many exceptional works making it difficult to chose the winners. There was a long list of outstanding artwork that could be chosen for this honor and it was a very close call. As the results were tallied, we felt that all the works below deserved special recognition.

Honorable Mention


"Icelandic Beauties"


by Sierra Brown


"Galapagos Tortoise"


by Kendall King


"Bobcat: Got Eyes on You"

pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord

by Patsy Lindamood


"Wet n' Wild"


by Kelly Singleton


"Wise Old Man"

digital photograph

by DC Wagner$60

"Earl & Pearl"


by Betty Rhodes


Animals 2015 Show (click on any image for more details)

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