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.

"Human Nature" 2016 Show

This show will run April 1-30, 2016. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 107 accepted works and they came from 13 different states in the USA and 8 other countries: Belarus, Canada, China, Germany, Israel, Portugal, Russian Federation, and Ukraine. A variety of styles and mediums were entered including, acrylic, beeswax, chalk, charcoal, colored pencil, digital, ink, mixed media, oil, pastel, pencil, photography, tempera, thread, 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 donate 10% of all entry fees from this show to Your Safe Haven, a nonprofit agency that serves victims of all serious crimes and their families. Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, LLC is not affiliated with Your Safe Haven. 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.

Niamh Butler was born and raised in Montrose, New York; throughout her years there, she was consistently inspired to capture the fascinating inhabitants and objects of the world around her in a variety of media, often using photographs of people far removed as reference.  As a young adult, she received special acceptance into the Westchester Community College Art Workshop to study under artist Andrew Lattimore, who recommended traditional training at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut.  During her subsequent studies there, her work was included in various exhibitions at galleries in New York, Connecticut, and other Northeastern states, as well as awarded the Grand Prize for VSA Arts’ “Accelerate” Competition, which included a group exhibition debut at the Smithsonian Institution and Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. In 2011, she received her B.F.A. in Drawing from the Lyme Academy and moved to Italy to complete the Intensive Drawing Program at the Florence Academy of Art.

Throughout years of study, the focus on rendered tone and detail has been a constant in Butler’s work, whether it was created from life or from her own reference photographs. She came to favor a combination of black colored pencil and charcoal for drawings, and oil on panel for paintings, as her preferred media, and developed distinct methods of production. When working from her own reference photographs, after making initial decisions to change certain aspects of the piece while using the photo, she will obsessively measure and re-measure parts, as well as focus on creating smooth textures and transitions, to achieve accuracy in rendering the subject and to reach a kind of meditative state.  She also obtains such a state while working from life, though the process involves more awareness of rhythms within the subject and interpretation of the live subject to enhance the feeling of space and atmosphere in the piece.

In every case, Butler’s approach to capturing or recreating what she perceives to be a beautiful moment makes the instance far more meaningful. If the subject is a person, her method also allows her to feel as if she is getting to know that person in a way unlike any other. The subject in her painting “Devin” happens to be her brother, who had expressed much interest in joining the United States Army Reserve, and interest in conveying this desire through tattoos, at the time of the work’s creation. The painting aims to juxtapose and capture distinct aspects of her brother’s personality, a duality shared by many: the toughened and prepared exterior, or shell, serving as a mask for the more sensitive, vulnerable self.

Butler currently lives and works in Florence, Italy and is represented by the Salmagundi Club in New York City and the Cooley Gallery in Old Lyme, CT.

Art is very important to me, being a self-educated artist, I want to develop further.

If you are interested in my art please contact me at email I'll be glad to cooperate.

I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and have lived here all my life.

As a kid, my mom sparked my interest in creative things by being an example. She wrote poetry, did calligraphy and had a great talent for anything creative. Over the years I have been an avid participant in almost every art form there was, being self- taught in each one. Life of a busy wife and mom pushed my art to the back burner for many years but although it was out of site, it was never far from mind. A number of years ago I discovered colored pencils and I fell in love with the medium. My inspiration comes from everything around me, especially nature and I try to bring the nuances of it into my work so others can see the beauty in our surroundings that we tend to take for granted each day. Travelling with my husband allows me to photograph lots of varied subject matter as well.

I also paint in acrylic, oil and watercolor and especially love doing portraits of humans and animals and doing commission work for both.

I have won numerous recognitions for my work including a Second and Fourth place win in an international contest for my pieces “Sheba” & “Shasta Daisy”. My portrait entitled “Jamaican” was chosen for exhibit in the Manitoba Society of Artists Juried Exhibition in 2015 and it won the W. Cliff Packard Award. It was also published in a 4- page feature article in the May 2014 issue of Colored Pencil magazine. My artwork and art tutorials have also been published in Senior Artist Online and a few others publications.

I am currently a member of the Assiniboine Group of Artists Cooperative, which hosts the Art Expo at the Downs every year as well as being a member of the Charleswood Group of Artists, Colored Pencil Society of America, and the Forum Art Institute.

For pricing or commission work please contact me at

-Terry Mellway

Honorable Mention




by Rose Ann Bernatovich


"A Prayer for Peace" (oil painting on canvas) by Judith Spitz

"A Prayer for Peace"

(oil painting on canvas)

by Judith Spitz



(liquid ink rolling ball pen)

by Olga Doronina


"muddy play day 2"


by Winnie Chrzanowski


"Human Nature" 2016 Show (click on any image for more details)

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