Q&A interviews with the artists whose work is chosen by jurors as best in show in our monthly exhibits. Learn about the stories and the creative process behind these award-winning works of art from the artists who created them!
"For me the stream of consciousness is an expression of what is most important to me emotionally. I try to allow as much chaos and spontaneity as possible with just enough structure to hold it together."
"I can trace my interest in printmaking to a college instructor who said my pen drawings reminded him of Albrecht Durer's woodcuts. Over the years since then I have come to appreciate printmaking as an extension of — and improvement upon — drawing."
"The pieces are a result of an inner impulse and do not depend on much premeditation or preparatory sketches. Throughout the drawing session I try to stay connected to this directing 'mood' and express it with my brush and pen."
"Many of the Hudson River artists' paintings were panoramas of the landscape used as a metaphor for the possibilities of this new country. Most of my landscapes are up close and complicated, which I feel reflects our time in history."
The painting that won the Dee Gee Watling Memorial Award for pastel this month had a dark mood and palette that caught juror Joann Moser's eye — the liberal use of black challenges the viewer's expectations about pastel as a colorful medium, she said.