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" 2020 Show

This show will run April 1-30, 2020. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 62 accepted entries and they came from 12 different states in the USA as well as 6 other locations: Armenia, Greece, Israel, Russia, Switzerland, and Ukraine. A variety of styles and mediums were entered, including but not limited to acrylic, colored pencil, chalk, digital, gouache, fabric, mixed media, oil, photography, printmaking, reclaimed mosaic, “scanography, 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. For more information, please visit their website 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.

The piece "From Above" is one that to me represents a few different ideas, including connection, and also softness. The model I used for reference was photographed by a photographer named Hisu Lee in Vietnam. I came across the photo on a free use website ( when looking at reference of underwater photography. The moment I saw the model I knew there was a special piece there.

My process entails creating a digital composite/painting and then using that as reference to paint the main piece. I wanted the man to appear as though he was deeply connected to the earth, as seen from space. I also wanted to emphasize some of his softness and more feminine features because I loved the idea that men can be painted in a beautiful loving way without any violence or intense action. The stillness of the piece makes me feel as though its eternal and timeless.

With each painting, I have the opportunity to create a world that can challenge the influx of information presented by the media. My process takes that everyday noise and transforms it into mindfully thought-provoking pieces. Through hours of processing media and compiling still images, digital studies are created and then transformed into realistic paintings.

Born in Hawaii to my Indian father and Cuban mother, I was spirited away from these magical lands before the age of eight to grow in the suburbs of Central Florida. Since then, I’ve had a fascination with visiting other realms. Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World have always made perfect sense to me.


Tracy has over 38 years of design agency setting in Chicago, specializing in package design for major consumer product groups until he retired from Kraft /Heinz in 2018. Besides working on his Innovative Narrative Portraits, Tracy spends time teaching Colored Pencil classes at the Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, conducting workshops to art groups across the country and volunteer work with mental disabled artist at Project Onward of Chicago.


As a portrait artist my inspiration is drawn solely from my subjects and their hidden emotional truths. To be able to capture those emotions, I model my work in black and white colored pencil on drafting film. Working with a limited pallet allows me to concentrate on the composition, form, texture, tonal values and lighting.

Each subject is a compelling visual portrayal of the human spirit, determination and courage. Working of Grafix® drafting film allows me to capture these hidden emotions while creating the depth and transparency that gives the illusion of distance in the subject’s features. I strive to show the viewer that while at first glance, my subjects seem serene and normal, but show a sense of inner frailty. Capturing this inner frailty is what has moved me forward documenting my subjects and their dealing with mental illness.

My Process

My process Drawing by Subtraction® is a trademarked colored pencil process where I literally strip away the colored pencil pigment from the surface of Grafix® Drafting film using a Tombow® Mono Zero eraser. I then go back and add additional tones, expand values and add detail with a Black Prismacolor Verithin pencil.

I started documenting subjects that suffer mental illness after responding to a Call for Artist posted by the Department of Mental Health America of Illinois. This was a peer-led, anti-stigma and awareness project featuring 24 stories written by authors with lived mental health experience interpreted by 24 inspired visual artists that they chose from around the country and Canada. The stories and artworks would be part of a series of community conversations being held in venues across Illinois and nationwide, culminating with the full project premiering at of Mental Health America of Illinois 28th annual Gala and Silent auction.

What’s next:

I’m working on a narrative portrayal and celebration of the human form exploring the complexities of the nude, concentrating on the simplicity of shadows and skin textures to express my narrative. Every pose reveals a new composition and challenge. Without the clothing, I show the human form in a way that focuses the attention on the figure and not irrelevant matters like the detail of a corset, the texture of a dress and how it drapes and solely focus solely on the underlying form.

Second Place

I was born in Moscow in 1980. I have a higher education in Economics, Academy drawing courses. I am a participant of international group exhibitions in France, Netherlands, Greece. Member of the international art Fund and Union of Russian Artists.

I have been doing oil painting for 5 years. Trying myself in different art movements and styles. I like decorative style, symbolism, impressionism. Comprehension of the human's nature beauty and ability to reflect it in my works are the most important endeavors for me.

In my painting I represent my own invented images, fantasies and feelings. Female portrait series demonstrates how different I would like to be. Every moment I have imagined myself as different, new and unlike what i used to be yesterday. With new mood, thoughts and dreams. And today i am so happy that those different moments are captured on my canvas.

Olesya Novikova


instagram: artmyxa

Moscow, Russia

Honorable Mention



(oil on canvas)

by Hanna Bochek


"Blue Velvet"

(oil on canvas)

by Ekaterina Demenina

"Bird Lady"

(colored pencil)

by Laura Evans Gewanter



(oil on canvas)

by Lori Fredricks

"The Struggle"

(oil on canvs)

by Maxim Korolkov

euro 5000


(fabric and thread)

by Blair Treuer

"Human Nature" 2020 Show

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