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.

"Wet Paint" 2022 Show

This show will run September 1-30, 2022. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 39 accepted entries, and they came from 10 different states in the USA, as well as 8 other countries: Belgium, China, Germany, India, Latvia, Turkey, Ukraine, and United Arab Emirates. A variety of styles and mediums were entered, including but not limited to acrylic, mixed media, oil, 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 Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. For more information about Habitat for Humanity, please visit their website Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, LLC is not affiliated with Habitat for Humanity. 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.

Best of Show

Born in Sivas/TURKEY in 1981, the artist still works as an Assistant Professor in the Painting Department of the Faculty of Education at Sivas Cumhuriyet University. The artist, who tries to evaluate the social issues in general with the mechanical patterns he has created in his works, has tried to deal with the subject of "narcissism", which has become an important problem of our age, in this work. Although the victims of narcissism do not have a gender, the female figure at the center of the work is included in the composition, trying to get out of the picture through the reflection in the water.

First Place


My figurative oil paintings explore themes of identity- the formation and shifting of one's identify through patterns, roles, & environment. In this recent self-portrait, I am dealing with thoughts of aging, containment, paths, and restriction represented in the lines of the dress extending over the figure; lines of literal aging I see in the mirror. lines I draw for myself and those that are drawn for me. lines in the forms of paths I have taken and those I have not.


Figurative art runs in the family for painter and instructor Casey Scharling. The daughter to a professional portrait artist, she grew up in a household filled with sketches and paint. She has created her own inspired space with her painter/printmaker husband and their most important bodies of work - their children. ​

Casey’s signature canvases dance with rich colors and energetic brushwork, rapidly crafted to bring figures to life. She is intrigued by both the solitary figure and the interaction between individuals, particularly mothers and children. She weaves the thoughts of her subjects into the canvas with thick layers of wet paint, appealing to the viewer with scenes that are extraordinary in their everyday.

Casey earned her Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees at East Carolina University. Since 2008, she has served as an Instructor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In 2014, she joined the Faculty in the Humanities and Fine Arts Department at Cape Fear Community College. Casey instructs on-campus as well as through virtual platforms, leveraging technology to increase the accessibility of arts education. As a teacher, Casey encourages students to consider their own perceptual awareness and the profound ways that art effects daily life.

​Casey has nurtured her talent through funding from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and her regular participation in juried exhibitions and individual showcases. Her work is housed in private collections across the United States.

Iron Lace was part of a series highlighting the character of the French Quarter neighborhood. In one painting a clown lounges on a bench with two teenage girls. In another, a jazz band lights up the street.

“What draws me to the French quarter is its organic nature,” Mark explains. “The plants hanging from the balconies, the masks, the music, the heat, the mass of people. The humanity links disparate subject matters, figures and fabric, the layers of a steampunk dress or the pattern of a floral one. Whether it is the myriad of figures and faces or light on an iron rail, I seek that raw emotion.”

Born in North Dakota, Mark Kaufman came of age during the 1960s. A champion for gender equality, Mark paints the female figure in sometimes absurd, sometimes haunting locations. Far from creating emotionless family portraits, Mark blends color and imagery to explore themes of mythology, literature and philosophy. The face and figure as a vehicle for emotion is what I do most.

Watercolors are Mark’s medium of choice because they lend themselves to fluid expression. There is also the possibility of serendipity, unexpected outcomes that work to enhance the emotional quality of the painting.

A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Mark’s work has been shown at Nude Night in Orlando and Tampa, the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Gallery, Norfolk Watercolor Society, Houston Watercolor Society, and the Brynmawr Rehabilitation Center Artability Show among dozens of others. He is a signature member of the Baltimore, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia watercolor societies.

Twenty years ago, Mark was diagnosed with Bipolar Depression. In addition to painting, he is highly visible in the community providing support and advocacy for all those who suffer from mental illness. The bipolar influences a certain amount of his work, more in some collections than in others. He uses art as a method of expression, and depending on where he is in the cycle between mania and depression, his work can be magical and colorful like Iron Lace, or solitary and troubling. If he had one piece of advice to give to others who feel hopeless it would be, “Ask for help. There’s nothing wrong with you. It is an illness, like any other illness, and there is treatment.”

Honorable Mention


"Cloudy Sunset"

(acrylic on canvas)

by Elliot Appel


"La Donna in Negro"

(oil on canvas)

by John Cleary


"Self Portrait"

(mixed media on canvas)

by Zoya Deb


(mixed media acrylic)

by Flavia Lovatelli


"Wet Paint" 2022 Show

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