2012 "Expressions" Portrait Competition Finalists

Saturday night I had the pleasure of attending the opening for the 2012 "Expressions" portrait competition at Artspace Herndon. This is my second year as a finalist and I can proudly tell you that the caliber of this year's show is exceptional. The jurors, artist Tricia Cherrington Ratliff and Caron Broadway Moody, of Broadway Gallery did a wonderful job pairing down the 107 submissions into a show of 25 portraits showcasing a strong display of technical achievements. Of those 25, Judge Kurt Schwarz had the difficult task of selecting the winners and after much admitted deliberation, awarded 1st place honors to Mark Giaimo, "Portrait of Marlis" (oil), 2nd place honors to Lorena Selim, "Waiting for Mr. Right" (oil) and 3rd place honors to Gavin Glakas, "Decisions (My Wife Jasmine)" (oil). Two Honorable Mentions went out to Suzanne Vigil, "La Rue" (colored pencil) and Ron Primm, "Dray" (oil).

Below are just a sample of the paintings on display, including one of my own (click on the images to enlarge them). The exhibit will be up through December 9th. Click here for directions and a link to the Artspace Herndon Website.  If you live in the DMV it is a show not to be missed!