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.

"Water" 2018 Show

This show will run June 1-30, 2018. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 85 accepted entries and they came from 16 different states in the USA as well as 11 other countries: Austria, Estonia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, and Uruguay. A variety of styles and mediums were entered, including but not limited to acrylic, colored pencil, digital, felt, gouache, 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 their special recognition.

We were very happy to donate 10% of all entry fees from this show to The Water Project. The Water Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization unlocking human potential by providing sustainable water projects to communities in sub-Saharan Africa who suffer needlessly from a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation. For more information about them, please visit their website Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, LLC is not affiliated with The Water Project. 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.

From the beginning of time, immemorial people have always admired nature. They expressed their love by depicting the world to a variety of mosaics, bas-reliefs and paintings. Many great artists have devoted their creativity painting landscapes. Pictures in which we see the forests, rivers, fields, ferns, flowers, truly fascinating. The labor commands respect, in which so detailed, colorful and emotionally transferred the beauty and power of the world around us. Love for mother nature permeated all my creativity.

Alexei Anikin was born March 29, 1968 in the city of Dzerzhinsk, Nizhny Novgorod region. The first painting lessons from a local art school. In 1987 he graduated from the Art and Restoration Suzdal school. It turned out to be the predominant interest in the Russian landscape. Impressions of childhood, spent in the village, determined the nature of the future work and instilled in me a love for the habitual Russian forest. Deeply engraved in the mind, and the beauty of the pine forest near Aleshin (native village) and twilight forest thicket. That reality is the source of my creative impulse. More II Shishkin said that "nature must be sought in all its simplicity - the drawing should follow her whims in all forms." So I carefully observe the form of intricately interwoven tree branches, mossy stumps, velvety and barbed needles, noisy green foliage. However, I do not just copy, "photograph" in the image of nature ... I am more poet - a quiet, observant, searching. After scenery poetry - the poetry of nature, opening in contact with the man on it.

Most of the work is written in a "walking"; This forest, which spreads around the hometown groves and swamp near the village, where he spent his childhood and where I like to come back again and again, drawing inspiration from the ever open your eyes new long-familiar details of protected villages.

Very rare in my pictures of people images. In his works, I communicate with nature, and if they meet sometimes lonely figure, it gives a picture of intimacy, seclusion.

I like to write village - "the cradle of Russia." Old cozy houses, churches, lush overgrown nettles fences. I believe that all this is an integral part of us, it's part of our nature, the great part of Russia, giving us peace and tranquility.

All his creative quest, I try to convey "the great in the small" - the unique beauty of the nature of the average Russian band. What everyone can easily see for yourself, but do not notice the bustle of traveling days. I'm happy when the viewer stops in front of the painting, feeling the urge to freeze and plunge into a state that does not express in words, in the charm of Russian nature.

Since 1991, I have participated in exhibitions in Europe, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Dzerzhinsk. My works are in private collections, offices, banks, Russia, Britain, Canada, Israel, Italy, Germany. I create my paintings in the best traditions of Russian landscape painting, drawing inspiration from our usual landscapes of central Russia.

The most complete of my works presented on these sites:

My newest paintings are close up views of moving water. The forms and shapes that make up the water are mostly abstract, but I paint them in a representational way. Any of these water forms taken individually can look like something else… a bird, flower, insect, anything… but in their coming together, they become a realistic representation of water. Sometimes a particular form stands out to me, as in the painting “Water Lily”; or the water itself seems to mimic human behavior as in “Restless Waves”. In this way a painting will get its name.

Detailed Drawings are how all of my paintings begin, but I don’t always adhere to the drawings. Sometimes a painting takes on a life of its own when I begin to apply the paint. The grays, greens, violets and blues determine their own best placement in relation to each other and to the whole.

Although the nature of water is changeable, it is also transparent. Ever moving, and clear in its intention to move, it is a continuous inspiration for me and a meditation on whatever it is that comes next.

I am Margarita Henriksson, Artist & Designer, born in St Petersburg, Russia and since many years living in Sweden. My childhood was all about art, history, museums. My father is artist and poet and my mother were always interested in art. Now she is also artist. So, for me the step to be artist was very small and easy.

My art-works I do in Digital Graphic style, Visionary art and Experimental art style and also paintings in oil, acrylic and soft pastel. I also work with Historical/Heritage and Interior Design and Sculpture Design.

I studied at Academy of Arts, worked in the Hermitage, Russian Museum in St Petersburg, Russia. I graduated in a private School of Fine Arts in Stockholm, Sweden. I also studied Interior Design and Heritage design at National Design Academy in Nottingham, England. I also studied at the Royal Academy of Art, Stockholm, Sweden. I have additional educations in mosaics, floristics, restoration of furniture, photo, rendering, computer graphics etc.

International art projects and exhibitions are very interesting for me and I participate regularly in such. During last years I participated in exhibitions and projects in: France: Paris, Italy: Brindisi, Milano. Rome, Sardinia, Verona, Vittoria, Russia: Moscow and St. Petersburg, Cyprus: Limassol, China: Beijing, Belarus: Minsk, Denmark: Copenhagen, Slovenia: Ljubljana, Sweden: Stockholm, Turkey: Ankara. In many of these exhibitions I was also awarded.

My big interest in Art and Design also made me start the International Project Infinity of Art. In this I have designed some sculptures based on paintings done by Natalia Proskuriakova and produced them with international glass designers. One project Red Hat with the Italian glass masters Walter and Mario Furlan from Murano, Venice in Italy. Another project Japan with glass master Mikael Erlandsson from Sweden.

About my Art-work Memory of Water

I have possibility to travel a lot around the world and all my knowledge, experience and emotions I express through my art works... Most of my Art I connect to historical places and persons. As background, I always have a connection to places I have visited... and next step – the product of my imagination... Often my fantasy is based on information, which I read about... but sometimes it comes unexpected when I get a mysterious picture in my mind...

My Art-work "Memory of water" is done in mixed media: digital art, computer graphics and animations. I have used different fragments and photos from my archive, which I made during the ascent to the peak of the mountain Mont Blanc. Our group climbed to a high mountain lake, which rested in a bowl in the rock massive... The water was incredibly clean and icy, as a crystal plate, reflecting the blue sky... Having stayed near the mountain for several hours, we began to prepare for descent... and for the last time... I look back to the darkening mirror of the water, and in this moment, I imagined what kind of historical memory this deep water could keep...

More information you can find on my personal web-site:

A video with examples of my art you can find here:

Honorable Mention


"The Commute"

(oil on canvas)

by Curt Baldwin




by Telagio Baptista


"Hearts Ease"


by Brandie Ferguson


Evening breeze"

(oil with palette knife)

by Elena Rachkova



by Randy Russo

"Through the Arch"


by Sonia Suter


"After the rain"

(oil on canvas)

by Irina Vasilieva


"Red Moon"


by Susanne Weber

"Water" 2018 Show

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