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.
"Botanicals" 2015 Show
This show will run August 1-31, 2015. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 74 accepted entries and they came from 14 different states in the USA and 2 other countries, Hong Kong, and South Korea. A variety of styles and mediums were entered including, acrylic, colored pencil, fabric dye, graphite, gouache, ink, marker, mixed media, oil, paper cutting, pen and ink, photography, spray paint, 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, 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 Nature Conservancy, with 10% of all entry fees from this show. 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.
Elizabeth Burin was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in western Switzerland. After earning degrees from the Universities of Cambridge and Paris-Sorbonne, she pursued a career as an art historian and museum curator. She is the author of a book and various articles on illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
It was in mid-life, while earning a Certificate of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, that she became committed to painting. Her inspiration comes primarily from her travels and from nature’s infinite variety of forms. She especially enjoys the medium of watercolor for its fluidity and luminosity, and she endeavors to use it to unlock the expressive power of color.
Elizabeth Burin is a Signature Artist member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society. Her work has appeared in many juried exhibitions and won various awards. She lives with her husband in Baltimore and exhibits frequently in the mid-Atlantic region.
Artist statement about her work:
"The forms of nature---the outline of a leaf, the mass of a mountain, the curve of a wing, the texture of a tree’s bark---speak to the eye with singular voices, like individual faces we grow to recognize. My inspiration comes from these forms in all their variety, which I translate into the fluid medium of watercolor. In them I seek the seeds of luminous compositions in which I endeavor to unlock the expressive power of color."
I was raised in rural Pennsylvania and first picked up a camera when I was 15. Although I tried other mediums I knew immediately that photography was my creative outlet. The pleasure of a camera in my hands and what I could capture with it consumed me. I loved every part of the photographic process from the image capture to the film processing and printing; I carried a camera every where with me. I began working professionally for small local publications when I was 19 and soon realized that I wanted photography to be more than a hobby. I moved to California when I was 21, to attend The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography.
Today I live and work in Oakland, California. I am a commercial photographer specializing in product photography but I always have a camera with me to document my life. I am an avid hiker, and in the company of my 2 dogs, I hike daily in the Oakland Hills. I find the Hills a spiritual place and I love to photograph everything I see as the seasons change. “Live Oaks”, was shot on one of my hikes last fall during a break in the rain. There was just a hint of sun, that broke through the cloud cover, and it poured down through a break in the trees making everything glow. I had only an iPhone 5 with me at the time but it caught the moment beautifully.
I have been an artist all my life. It’s what I know how to do, and it’s what I love. I am hoping to create what Hilton Kramer referred to as “that first aesthetic thrill” for the piece to be bold and beautiful enough to make the viewer stop and look; then intriguing enough to make him glad he did. We live in a world filled with personal obligations, distractions, and information overload. And then there’s our Art. It does not get easier as we get older. For me my passion is my art. The time I am able to stand back and wholly give myself to this passion is true bliss. These are moments stolen to be purely myself.
These paintings are a reflection of these stolen moments. The loosely painted areas of blended color explore the simplicity and the complexity of the flowers I choose to portray. I draw and paint in and out of these areas to bring out the character and volume of the flowers I see. I contrast these with drawings of the wonderful places I have visited, and beautiful objects I admire. I really care about all the elements in the painting. This is an intimate look at what I am thinking about as I compose the piece. I want the viewer to be able to relate emotionally and intellectually to my work.
"Peony In Bloom"
by Caryn Coville
(handcut paper cutting)
by Andrea Fahim
by James Klausen
(digital color photograph)
by Janice Wetzel