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" 2022 Show

This show will run August 1-31, 2022. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 56 accepted entries and they came from 15 different states in the USA, as well as 5 other countries: Burkina Faso, Canada, China, Sweden, and Turkey. A variety of styles and mediums were entered, including but not limited to acrylic, collage, colored pencil, digital, faux flowers, graphite, mixed media, oil, pastel, pen, photography, textile 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.



A junior-high-school drawing class exposed me to the love of creating art. But, it was my job during college—as a mail boy for a San Francisco advertising agency—which actually launched my art career. There, excited after seeing, first-hand, the creative job possibilities as a commercial artist, I enrolled at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, from which I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Advertising Design.

Landing my first job right out of college—as an Art Director for McCann Erickson Advertising in San Francisco—was thrilling, but the excitement was cut short. Uncle Sam had other plans; I was drafted by the Army, and ultimately sent to Viet Nam, after working at McCann for only six weeks. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant after graduating from OCS, I was first stationed at Fort Monmouth in New Jersey, the state to which my wife and I returned after my Army stint was over, and is the state in which we still reside.

Restarting civilian life as an Art Director took place in nearby New York City, where my advertising career spanned 27 years at three agencies, working as a Senior Art Director and Vice President on major national and international advertising accounts, both in TV and print, including the creation of the first national print campaign for Lego Toys. Being challenged to come up with imaginative ideas for brands like Quaker Oatmeal, Panasonic; M&M Mars, Snickers, Starburst, and Nivea Skin Cream always kept the creative juices flowing to the point I never felt I worked a day in my life.

Love of art didn’t end when my job in NYC ended; it continued in freelance form. More importantly, my love of fine art was reignited when I began—for fun—studying watercolor under the mentorship of well-known watercolorist, Donald Voorhees. It had been decades since I had put brush to paper, but the thrill was back!


Painting, now, for over 14 years, I specialize in portraiture and landscapes, and love every minute of it! My interest in landscapes comes from a deep appreciation of both natural and man-made creations, with their endless palettes of texture and color. A rusting fishing boat in a local harbor; a gilded, medieval clock in France; the shifting waters in a Venice canal, all call to me. Similarly, the innumerable, diverse faces of the world offer endless opportunities to show the dignity and diversity of humankind: a gnarly blacksmith from Texas; a craggy, roadside vendor on the Amalfi Coast; an Afghan Pashtun tribesman in layers of native garb. All present a textured, intimate view into a life to be explored. I feel strongly that they have to be painted. And detail is key. When painting, I get lost in the details of the subject mater: the deep wrinkles in a weathered face; the distinctive shape of an expressive mouth, or the joyous glint from a child’s eyes. Each detail extends a glimpse of my subjects to those who view my paintings, but not with a style typical of most watercolorists; my paintings have an opacity not generally used in many watercolor paintings.

I currently hold Signature Membership in the American Watercolor Society, Allied Artists of America, Audubon Artists of America, North East Watercolor Society, Garden State Watercolor Society, New Jersey Water Color Society, and Hudson Valley Art Association. My watercolors have been shown in local, national and international exhibitions, garnering many awards from various local, national and international art societies.



Born in Minnesota in 1968, Christopher Lane spent these formative years inspired by regional artists Thomas Hart Benton, Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Roy Lichtenstein. His early teenage years were spent in Cairo, Egypt where his work was influenced by the great architecture, sculpture, symbolism, hieroglyphs, and the expressive colors used in their paintings. During this time Christopher discovered he had dyslexia and furthered his education at the GOW School in South Wales, New York.

Upon leaving the GOW School, he spent a year living in Paris, France which fueled his creative instincts further. He returned to the States and pursued an art degree at Eastern New Mexico University but left to support a new young family while serving in the United States Navy as a submariner.

Christopher has now made his home in South Carolina where he continues to use fantastic imagery to turn his life experiences into visual stories that primarily focus on people and their relationships with one another. They often offer historical, political, or spiritual narratives as Christopher is passionate about these subjects. Christopher is a storyteller. Each painting can usually be broken down into several separate paintings or scenes yet are cohesive in theme. He uses symbolism, colors, and double imagery to create an elaborate narrative on canvas. His goal: to draw the viewer into the work, seeing something for the first time, each time.

Christopher’s work has been shown in galleries both nationally and internationally. His work is presently on exhibit at Koger Center of the Arts in Columbia, South Carolina. The work shown here, Night Garden, is a place we all go within where we choose which thoughts to nurture and harvest. Who we are is very much dependent on which thoughts we foster more, the negative or the positive?



Still Life with Yellow Dahlias and Melancholy was painted from my garage in the fall of 2020. I had moved out of my own apartment and studio to be with my now husband at the start of the pandemic and had yet to find a new studio space. As was the case with so many in 2020, I had found myself sinking deeper and deeper into the very nadir of the worst depression of my life. The dinner plate dahlias depicted in the painting had just come from our own garden, which I had reclaimed all summer from the years of neglect the previous owner’s garden had suffered in an effort to keep my head above water. There was something about the oversized brightness of the dahlias borne of that jungle that became a beacon for me over the next few weeks as I painted them, lit only from above in an otherwise dark space with fallen petals and dead flies. It became a visual distillation of all I was going through, a hope I painted into my own darkness despite myself.

Katie Runde is a contemporary realist oil painter based in Bristol, VT. She is represented by the Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury, VT and her newly completed portrait of great Vermonter of color Alexander Twilight hangs in the VT State House. She specializes in portraiture and still lives—mostly of food!—representing interior states. You can find her work online at www.katierunde.com and on Instagram @katiejrundeart.


Honorable Mention


Noteworthy

"In the Pink"

(colored pencil)

by Caryn Coville

http://www.caryncoville.com

$1500

"Mélange"

(photography)

by John Diephouse

jdiephouse@gmail.com

$450

"Fiore di Primavera"

(pastel)

by Carina Imbrogno

https://caimbrogno.wixsite.com/mysite

NFS

"Night Flowers"

(digital)

by Uniara

uniara@experimental-art-and-graphic.com


"Botanicals" 2022 Show

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