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" 2022 Show

This show will run June 1-30, 2022. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 56 accepted entries came from 15 different states in the US, as well as 4 other countries: Austria, Finland, Georgia, and Turkey. A variety of styles and mediums were entered, including but not limited to acrylic, alcohol ink, bronze, ceramic, digital, fiber fiber/silk fusion, glass/plexiglass, graphite, mixed media, oil, photography, watercolor, and weaving. 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.

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 and Piccolo Spoleto at City Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina. The work shown here, Tara, is Lane’s observation of the necessity that we choose peace over war. He uses Tara, the Goddess of Peace, as a symbol of that choice. Lane’s current body of work titled “The Peacemakers” speaks to his ideal America where there is an inclusivity of all people; regardless of separation by geography, skin color, religious belief, or political affiliation; in that we all share the same basic human needs and desires. Lane’s greatest desire is that his paintings reflect the one truth, we are all the same. We are all one.

Michael Scherfen Watercolor Artist

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.

Originally from Ukraine, I am an artist and a scientist. I graduated from Biology Faculty of Kharkov State University, and the School of Fine Arts in Kharkov, Ukraine. Now I live in Pennsylvania, USA. After moving to Pittsburgh 9 years ago, I work on creating seascape oil paintings, and also give art lessons to kids and adults. In parallel I am continuing to work in science in the field of neurobiology. From 2018 I am Pittsburgh Society of Artists member. My work has been exhibited and awarded in Pittsburgh and can be found at galleries and private collections in USA and Europe. I also illustrated several books, and is an author of coloring book for children. I work with Oil on Canvas in realism, figurative, fairy tale realism styles.

My favorite thing is to capture through oil on canvas the ever-changing variety and character of the marine element and its inhabitants. I love sketching and photographing scenic views of the ocean while traveling. I use these sketches and photos along with my memories of being at the seaside for inspiration to create original seascapes at my home studio. I also spend a lot of time with children, teaching them painting, and therefore I also love to create fairy tales about the Ocean on canvas.

About “Turquoise wave”

Such mystery and power in the depths and space of the ocean... I have been inspired by the sea since my childhood, and of course I fell in love with the Ocean since I have met it at first sight - the sound it makes, the feel of the waves, and the amazing plethora of creation that lives within it. I love painting big ocean scenes.

This painting was inspired by the mood of the morning ocean at Maui island coast, the Pacific Ocean. This is where you can learn the ancient legends about Ulalena and another Ocean Gods. Mornings on Maui are usually turquoise and clear, you can endlessly admire the turquoise waves and some clouds lying on the tops of volcanoes. I filled my canvas with the ever-changing sky with its morning colors, clouds, and turquoise ocean space that took my breath away. But you need to remember that by noon everything will change – a lot of clouds will gather, the strong wind start blowing, and it will be the rain.

Honorable Mention


"Shining Sea"


by Alyssa Batchie

"A Drop I"


by Derya Aysun CANCAN

"Point Of NO Return"


by John Diephouse


"Got the Blues"


by Kristopher Schoenleber


"Water" 2022 Show

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