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" 2018 Show

This show will run November 1-30, 2018. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 127 accepted entries and they came from 21 different states in the USA as well as 12 other countries: Belarus, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Dominica, Georgia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Taiwan, and Ukraine. A variety of styles and mediums were entered, including but not limited to acrylic, colored pencil, digital, graphite, ink, marker, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, scratchboard, textile, watercolor, and xylography. 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 donate 10% of all entry fees from this show to the Bedford County Humane Society, located in Bedford, PA, USA. For more information about BCHS please visit their website. Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, LLC is not affiliated with the BCHS. 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.

I am a realism oil painter from Wisconsin. I love combining the detail work of a still life with the whimsy a bird adds to the composition. My main focus is to take objects of meaning or that I find beautiful and paint them in their best light. Telling a story through reflections, shadows and different textures. "The Collection" is a trompe l'oiel oil painting portraying a shadow box in which each cell contains a bird or something bird related. I have now been painting birds for well over a decade and while I love all animals, their is just so much personality packed into these tiny little creatures they continue to inspire me.

I have always loved art and animals from a young age. From having a house full of dogs, cats, birds, and even a sugar glider, to riding horses in my home states of Oklahoma & Kansas. When I won 1st place in a drawing contest in 8th grade, I knew I wanted to become a professional artist. I majored in Fine Art at Clemson University concentrating in drawing and painting in 2013. After 20 years a part from horses due to allergies, I am now able to ride again and ecstatic to rekindle this love! I also like to volunteer at animal shelters. My yearning to be around animals never stops and that passion resonates in my paintings. I try to reflect the spirit and personality of the animal using oil paint. I feel it is important to connect emotionally with the subject matter in order to produce the vitality that it deserves.

"Motley Crew Waitin' for the Hunt" was a commission piece, the largest I have ever painted for someone else 40x30". I spent a good amount of time learning about these hunting dogs- Duchess, Freckles, and Lady. They had a passed away several years ago and the man wanted to have a good memory of them in his new hunting cabin. I thought this was really special what he told me: "Dogs just don’t live long enough. Just as you get comfortable with them they start moving a little slower or limping. The toughest thing about these bird dog’s is seeing them reach the point where their bodies can’t keep up with their will to hunt. It’s a lesson for us all that I have seen through generations of dogs. Life is short. Enjoy it."

I live in Charleston, SC with my husband Alan, German Shorthair Pointer Mavey, and Rhodesian Ridgeback Peachy. I am an associate member of Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, and the American Academy of Equine Art. I am currently represented by Reinert Fine Art, located at 179 King Street in Charleston, SC and 1153 Main Street in Blowing Rock, NC. Please feel free to contact the gallery or me with any questions about my work, or inquiries about commissions.

About the Painting

“The Lookout” offers a glimpse into the life of a clouded leopard named “Kuso”. In this painting, he sits atop a tree stump, gazing across the "Bamboo Trail", as other leopards play in the underbrush. This 16x20 inch, acrylic on canvas painting, is based on several photographs taken during a visit to the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, in January of 2018.

Artist Statement

Explore, dream, create, inspire. As an artist and instructor, I look for inspiration through the exploration of the world around me. I am an avid traveler, photographer, and painter. I enjoy spending hours behind the lens in hopes of capturing one or two images that might reveal themselves as opportunities for a new painting. My painting style ranges somewhere between impressionistic and photorealism, and is greatly influenced by the subject matter and the intended mood. Each painting has a story and each one is a reflection of who I am as a traveler and an artist.


Rich Tesner is a graphic designer/artist, with over 30 years of professional experience. He worked at advertising agencies in Lansing and Southfield, Michigan where he developed his skills as a graphic designer, desktop publisher, and commercial artist. Rich also worked as an instructor at a local college, where he taught desktop publishing, graphic design, color theory, and illustration. Rich started painting in 2010 at the Flint Institute of Arts, working under the direction of several notable instructors. Over the last several years, his paintings have been displayed in numerous galleries and art exhibitions, including the Flint Institute of Arts, the Shiawassee Arts Center, ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Saginaw Township’s “Art in Public Places”, and the NOAPS International Online Art Exhibition. He is an associate member of the NOAPS and OPA. Rich currently teaches painting at the Flint Institute of Arts.

Honorable Mention




by Don Bergland



(oil on canvas)

by Anton Ovchinnikov


"Before Lunch"


by Dolores Saul



(oil pastel)

by Nadezhda Varsegova


"Animals" 2018 Show

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