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" 2018 Show

This show will run August 1-31, 2018. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 88 accepted entries and they came from 15 different states in the USA as well as 10 other countries: Belarus, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. A variety of styles and mediums were entered, including but not limited to acrylic, colored pencil, fibers, glass, graphite, ink, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, 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 donate 10% of all entry fees from this show to The Nature Conservancy. The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, LLC is not affiliated with The Nature Conservancy. 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 aspire to give the viewer a new emotional perspective in which we can appreciate an affinity for everyday situations as we deal exclusively with how people appear, when in reality people are more than what we see. I am hiperrealistic artist , In my paintings I often use pencil. To create drawing muse I sometimes use photographs and sometimes I draw from nature, but the idea is to go beyond the photograph. The photo is used to create a subtler and much more complex focus on the subject depicted - the virtual image becomes the living image, an intensification of the normal. These objects and scenes in my drawings are meticulously detailed to create the illusion of a new reality not seen in in the original photo. The Hyperrealist style focuses much more on its emphasis on detail and the subjects depicted. Hyperreal paintings and sculptures are not strict interpretations of photographs, nor are they literal illustrations of a particular scene or subject. Instead, they utilise additional, often subtle, pictorial elements to create the illusion of a reality which in fact either does not exist or cannot be seen by the human eye. Furthermore, they may incorporate emotional, social, cultural and political thematic elements as an extension of the painted visual illusion; a distinct departure from the older and considerably more literal school of Photorealism.

Solly is an artist and educator, based in Ashland, Oregon, USA. With stained glass pieces arranged in ordered chaos, he produces mosaics that portray native and exotic plants in the context of fire or water in realistic landscapes of Western US. Years of studying biology from the molecular to the landscape level sculpted Solly’s visual vocabulary. Having no training in art, his techniques were developed in isolation by trial and error. Years earlier he dabbled at acrylic painting, making ceramic tiles and stained glass windows. Good fortune led him to take a mosaic workshop in 2007, which is when his mosaic life began. Currently, he teaches biology and communication at Southern Oregon University, presents at mosaic conferences and offers workshops at home and overseas.

Brookside stained glass mosaic with the dimensions of 18H x 24 W inches. Inspiration for this work came from a small wetland that was created by seepage from Crater Lake in SW Oregon. Clean water is becoming increasingly scarce.

When I was three years old, my grandmother gave me pencils and paper in order to get me from running around driving my parents crazy. That was the first time I had ever held a pencil, and I was hooked. It was never a looking back. As I have been told so many times by family members, shortly after introducing me to drawing, my grandmother passed away. I never stopped drawing. My father was the one from whom I inherited the artistic talent (there were and are artists on both sides of my family, actually). In my opinion, there were no one who could draw as well as my dad  After I started drawing, my father encouraged me to keep on drawing and creating art, and he got me professional grade art supplies already when I was a kid. He encouraged me to always sketch and draw, regardless if anyone was watching. In fact, drawing in front of people became an inspiration rather than a hindrance. I remember when I was was five, I was drawing, and kids started surrounding me. It was something about that moment that made me realize that I had a duty to keep on creating art... I realized that my drawings weren’t only for me, but for other people too. All I focused on was to improve my skills and expand my artistic horizon. At seven years old, sculpture became my medium of choice, and that lasted until I was in my early teens. Because I was born with juvenile arthritis, sculpture was something I had started in order to strengthen my hands, but pain took over and I had to switch back to drawing and painting. In the field of drawing and painting, my subject matter was anything in nature - anything realistic - animals, people, flowers... 

I especially enjoyed drawing portraits of children. At 12 years of age, I started babysitting for different families, which meant plenty of models for drawing. It was at that age that portrait commissions began, and a couple of years later, I had my own little portrait business. Then, my arthritis just didn’t let go. My country of birth and until my early teens was Norway. So, when I at that time got a chance to travel internationally, to warm climates, I grabbed that opportunity. To make a long story short, I lived in several countries in Europe until ending up in the United States, where I have lived most of my life. I am a classically trained painter, and I have studied with several realist artists. Further, I have focused on creating my own style in various mediums, among them colored pencil. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, CA in the early ‘90s. For a while I was one of the portrait artists on Venice Beach, CA. I have participated in shows in several states, and collectors of my work are both national and international. Some of my work have been published, such as a pet portrait in Strokes of Genius: Best of Drawing 6. I have always been inspired by nature and often drawn to florals as subject matter. The pieces I chose to enter for this show have special meaning for me. The drawing Salvaged was created during the time when I lost my father to cancer. The reference photo I used for Pink and Purple Encouragement was taken by me of a floral arrangement my mother arranged for me. 

Honorable Mention



(mixed media)

by Anna Belaus


"Desert Flowers"

(colored pencil)

by Caryn Coville


"Field of Flowers"


by Charles Hall




by Natalia Rebrova

"Botanicals" 2018 Show

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