This first annual curated and juried virtual art exhibition set out to highlight outstanding domestic animal art happening now. Entries included pets, like cats and dogs, horses, farm animals, birds, and more. The range of styles, genres, and mediums is inspiring! The artists truly honored these animals.
Congratulations to each artist whose work was accepted into Wild Heart Gallery's Masters of Domestic Animal Art 2023 international juried art exhibition!
It is the goal of Wild Heart Gallery to support and promote animal and wildlife artwork in a wide range of genres and styles. The range of mediums submitted here was wonderful!
Artwork for this exhibition was selected by jury based on theme, originality, technique, skill, and quality of work. Jurors were Sarah Soward, Sharon Eisley, and Ashli Kingfisher.
Awards: Best in Show, Overall Runner Up, Overall Honorable Mentions, Best in Category, and Special Merit Awards. More award details below.
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BEST IN SHOW
Light of Life, by Dulce Patricia Alonzo Diaz 8 x 10 in, Charcoal and white pastel on paper
From the artist, "I consider horses as one of the most interesting animals and with which I can connect more, is that there is something in it that speaks to you without words, it recognizes the purity of your being and the light of your spirit, they are clear where they are going on the path of life and always choose to look for the bright side of life so as not to stumble."
Care, elegance, and attention to detail swept us away with this one. It's difficult to create a surprising piece of hyper-realistic artwork. The composition and highly focused image section in this work is not something we see everyday. The gradations between values and between focus works well. There is still detail and form in the areas out of focus. This shows a level of skill we truly appreciate.
OVERALL RUNNER UP
Bad Girl, by Mary Kamerer 10 x 10 in, Oil on canvas
From the artist, "Sometimes a girl is having a bad day."
Contemporary animal art! From the hot pink erasure of everything but the dog to to the daring brushstrokes that make up her form, we are here for you, Bad Girl! There's power in the expression that is brought out further by the directionality of the paint application. She's ferocious and afraid and cranky and on fire and really needs someone to give her a treat. And it's all here in paint without much backstory and with zero accoutrements. Fro glistening wide eyeballs to angled tail, she is on her tippy-toes with perfect misbehavior.
OVERALL HONORABLE MENTIONS
Congratulations to our Overall Honorable Mention winners, Maxwell Miller, Kerri Warner, Michael Doering, Mary Kamerer, Tara Nix, Jennifer Ross, Dulce Patricia Alonzo Diaz, Marcia Blanco, Mette Kusk, and Bridget Davet.
BEST IN CATEGORY
Congratulations to our Best in Category winners
Digital Art: Andrea Butler
Drawing and Pastels: Dulce Patricia Alonzo Diaz
Mixed Media: Kerri Warner
Painting: Mary Kamerer
Photography: Peggy Bloomer
Printmaking: Michael Doering
SPECIAL MERIT AWARDS
Congratulations to our Special Merit Award winners, Margaret Ann Adams, Jennifer Ross, Nancy Smith, Bridget Davet, Tara Nix, Dulce Patricia Alonzo Diaz, Andrea Butler, Marcia Blanco, Kerri Warner, Katharina Nuß, and Sam Violet.
Sometimes we receive so many works that speak to us that we create an additional area in our virtual shows for works that are Selected but not awarded.
Congratulations to our Selected Works artists, Tara Nix, Colleen Moore-Phillips, Lizzie Jayne, Sam Violet, Vidhya Srijesh, Mette Kusk, and Joan Casadiego.
Best in Show receives $75 cash award and promotion on the following: Art Base, Art Week, Wild Heart Gallery’s (WHG's) growing social media and other online media channels, WHG's eNewsletter, and WHG's home page (for duration of the exhibition).
Overall Runner Up receives $25 cash award and promotion Wild Heart Gallery’s (WHG's) growing social media/other online media channels and WHG's eNewsletter and inclusion in a virtual group exhibition that lasts at least one month.
All award recipients receive promotion on Wild Heart Gallery’s (WHG's) growing social media/other online media channels and WHG's eNewsletter and inclusion in a virtual group exhibition that lasts at least one month.