Faces Art Exhibition

The Artist Space Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the first Faces online Art Exhibition. Along with the selected artists, the jury selected award winners in the following art categories: painting, photography and drawing. The show displayed a variety of artistic styles and mediums: oil on canvas, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, scratchboard, ink, digital art, photography. Out of all submissions received 77 artworks were selected to be included in the exhibition.

Best of Show

Greg Paulson

Short Biography and Statement

I've been fascinated with black and white art all my life. I think black and white displays the underlying emotion of an image that color distracts from. I enjoy working on a variety of subjects: from wildlife, portraits and some landscapes. I look for subject matter that is highly charged and have great depth; the challenge for me is not only capture the emotion of a subject but also the intense range of contrast.

Greg Paulson - CROWN OF THORNS JESUS CHRIST - drawing


Painting Prize

Linda McCord

Short Biography and Statement

Biography: Linda McCord works in most of the two-dimensional mediums. She was a gallery owner for 10 years, and taught painting and printmaking at her local college. Although self-taught, he has taken numerous international awards, and her art in the collection of museums, churches, hospitals, and colleges. She is a signature member of International Society of Acrylic Painters, Northwest Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society and California Watercolor Association. McCord’s work has been described as abstract realism. She focuses on light and shadow, composition, and value change. She adapted a method of building layers of paint using resist processes she learned as a printmaker. McCord says, “I design my art around mathematical concepts rather than emotion.” Statement: I love light and shadow and the way the light forms to make various shapes. It is these shapes that I focus on in my work. I repeat the positive shapes in the negative areas while trying to create a sense of rhythm. I love color, but value is more important to me. Contrast of any type excites me. With all my work that involves color, I prefer to use transparent layers rather than direct application. I decide on composition and color by doing a series of thumbnail sketches and paintings. I plan my work carefully, and although the major decisions are made before I start any piece of work, I leave room for flexibility while the work is in progress.

Linda McCord - SOMEONE'S DAD - acrylic on canvas


Drawing Prize

Lorna Hannett

Short Biography and Statement

“I have always had a fascination for the beauty of nature and its many moods and elements. I also love to study people, adults and children alike, and try to capture each individual’s expressive nature in the portraits I do. I feel privileged to be able to express my love of nature and people through my artwork and hope in some small measure that it will bring a certain amount of pleasure to those who view it.” Lorna is one of the Founders of and for 5 years served as President of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA) and has the designated status of Master Scratchboard Artist. (MSA) She was a senior Signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (SFCA) She has also shown with and won a number of awards with FCA (Federation of Canadian Artists), ASA (Alberta Society of Artists) and the CIPA (Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists). She works in her home studio, in Blackfalds AB, Canada. Her work is in private and corporate collections around the world. You can see more of her artwork find her work on her “Art in Canada” Facebook page or follow her on her Facebook page “Scratchboard Art of Lorna Hannett”.

Lorna Hannett - MASSAI GIRL - scratchboard 


Photography Prize

John Diephouse

Short Biography and Statement

I am a primarily self-taught photographer who migrated from film to digital photography about fifteen years ago. After retiring from a professional management career, I have more actively explored the technical and creative sides of this media. I am attracted to a wide variety of subjects ranging from natural landscapes, botanicals and wildlife to images that provide either abstract expression or social commentary. I am interested in sharing images that evoke a story of some kind. Images may be simply documentary, reflect a sense of time and place, or resonate on a more abstract level of color, shape or form. Others provoke an indefinable question that does not readily yield answers without further study and reflection. Most often I am drawn back to images created while wandering through the back roads and small towns of the upper Midwest. These images of architecture, commerce and social life often reflect a mixture of nostalgia and a changing set of forces that shape life in the heartlands. Most recently I have begun exploring digital collages as a means of expression I have exhibited widely and have earned recognition in local, regional, and national exhibitions. My photographs are also included in several corporate and private collections.

John Diephouse - AMBIGUITY - photography