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" 2021 Show

This show will run November 1-30, 2021. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 107 accepted entries and they came from 18 different states in the USA, as well as 11 other locations: Bermuda, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Russia, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan. A variety of styles and mediums were entered, including but not limited to acrylic, collage, colored pencil, digital, fabric, found materials, gouache, graphite, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, scratchboard, watercolor, and woodcut printmaking. 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.

In 1970, my instructor at the El Paso Art Academy put a black wax pencil in my hand and my path in art was decided. My light touch and patience married perfectly with the medium, and the works I created were well received, winning awards starting with the first exhibition I entered. 

After 20 years of drawing, selling, exhibiting, and teaching private lessons, I finally discovered the traditional oil painting method I had been seeking. Given my extensive art background, I quickly picked up the methods at the Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore. As with the Colored Pencil, this traditional handling of the materials inspired the same instinctive connection and subsequent recognition starting with my first painting.

Since moving to Europe in 1994 and living among the masters’ art I have long studied and admired, my artistic focus sharpened, including a fascination with Europe’s marriage of history and modernism. That has become a primary factor in my subject matter with a juxtaposition of past and present…plus adding into that mix the element of tribute for influencing factors in my life.

Despite the illusion of tight realism in my work, many of my pieces are not actual reproductions of anything I’ve seen, but rather a composite of various images I’ve taken over the years, augmented with sketches and imagination. Often, I deliberately flatten and slightly distort perspective, as did the old masters, to create a composition more pleasing to the eye. Everything is created freehand with no mechanical or reproductive means.

The Blessing of the Animals is my homage to the presence of animals, family, friends, and spiritual support in my life, plus to the techniques, composition, and art traditions of the Primitive Flemish Masters. The annual service in my church (The American Cathedral in Paris) provided the perfect inspiration for the integration of these influences. And no, one cannot take a photo that looks like my painting especially since the Cathedral is drawn on a grander scale then in life, with deliberate perspective alterations. The living participants are derived from 26 years of my own source material, including three of my pets who have passed on but are still alive in my painting.

Starting with gestural drawings, I spent about a year working out the composition, completing the final line drawing and transferring it to a prepared sapele mahogany board. Utilizing Old Masters' techniques, including grinding my own paints, I started with a burnt umber underpainting, followed by three layers of color and then final scumbling and glazing.

Among the extensive honors my work has received are numerous national and international awards including 18 in New York and London group exhibitions. In 2004, The Art Renewal Center chose me among their initial 34 artists selected for The Living Masters Gallery in their online museum dedicated to traditional and realist art. I and/or my work have been published in 24 magazines and 37 books.

Among my memberships are The Society of Women Artists (UK), American Artists Professional League (Fellow Maxima Cum Laude and Signature Member), Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Colored Pencil Society of America (Charter and Signature Member); United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society (Charter and Silver Member, President/Honorary President 2004 to 2010) and Mensa. I owned and operated The Montwood Gallery in El Paso, TX from 1974-78 and Massey Fine Arts in Santa Teresa, NM from 1992-1994.

I am a professional artist. I live and work in Moscow. I have been drawing since early childhood, as soon as I learned to hold a pencil in my hand. And the first acquaintance with paints took place at the age of three, when I found a box of watercolors left unattended and began to eat it with great pleasure. Apparently I liked the taste and the question of the future profession was finally resolved. Many years have passed since then, I have come a long way. I consider my main achievement to be painting more than 100 square meters of silk for the living room of Tsar Alexander I in the Catherine's Palace (Tsarskoe Selo, St. Petersburg). I was very lucky and I still can't believe I did it.

Throughout the years, I have been performing private orders - paintings, wall painting in interiors, etc.). My paintings are in private collections in more than 10 countries in Europe, America and Japan. Three genres prevail in my oil paintings: still life, figurative painting and animalism. I like to use old techniques when creating works with modern subjects. I think this connects age-old traditions and our modern life. "Parrots" is just a vivid example of this approach. It is written in layers, smoothly, with the use of glazes and at the same time, bright colors and a modern plot clearly belong to our time.

Scott Ferguson was born in 1982; his earliest and fondest memories were of his mother teaching him how to hold a pencil and draw animals. Growing up in a family of artists and craftsmen Scott's passion for art only grew from childhood as he went on to obtain his BA in Animation. Originally a sequential artist and digital painter for fifteen years in the comic and gaming industry, he found the importance of composition, conceptual development, and creating a story through his work. These base fundamentals he learned would eventually lead him to fine art with his primary medium being oil paint.

Drawn to the brilliant works of impressionism done by old and modern masters, Scott uses an array of wet on wet techniques prioritizing thick brushstrokes, strong light sources, and a limited palette in his paintings. Growing up in old colonial and Victorian homes surrounded by the wilderness of Pennsylvania, Scott's interest in historic architecture, memorabilia, and animals are reflected in his work creating a contrast in his portraits of threatened and endangered wildlife.

During his childhood on his family's farm, nearly every day was spent trying to catch or view some sort of wildlife with his tattered (and sometimes waterlogged) Autobahn field guide tucked under his arm. After running himself ragged from adventures he would return to a home filled with antiques and tools from an era where everything had an organic quality to them. It's no wonder that these objects would ingrain themselves into him and become favorite subjects to paint nearly forty years later.

Currently Scott lives on his own patch of wilderness with his wife, son, and far too many chickens. Like his mother before him, he is at the beck and call of his son to show him how to draw every form of wildlife that they find together on their adventures.

Honorable Mention


"The One That Got Away"


by Kathy Brady

"On Point"


by John Diephouse


"Now We Are Free"

(acrylic on canvas)

by Sheldon Goldman


"Ricky the raccoon"


by Carina Imbrogno


"Not food"


by Anastasia Ivannikova

"Smart Octopus"

(oil and metal leaf on canvas)

by Daria Ivashchenko



(oil on masonite)

by Sheena Kowalski



by Amber Sampson


"Animals" 2021 Show

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