First, I would like
to say how honored I am to be asked to jury the Lima Area Watercolor Society
Art exhibition. Iíve worked with LAWS for a number of years and have always
appreciated their warmth and hospitality. I would also like to thank Bill
Sullivan from Art Space/Lima for being a gracious host.
I would like to extend my appreciation to co-juror Yuki Hall
for her insight and cooperation in picking the show and awards. It was a
very fun and engaging experience.
I was impressed with the breadth of vision and skill shown.
Picking the show and awards was not easy. There were many deserving
paintings. We looked at each painting again and again and discussed merits
and weaknesses. Eventually we reached a consensus.
I would like to say a few words about the Best of Show award
winner. This painting stood out to me right away. It had an interesting
color palette and wonderful brushwork. Obviously, the medium is handled with
great skill. It is a great mix of interesting color, value and textures,
wrapped in a good design.
Finally, thank you to the artists for sharing their skill and
vision. It was a pleasure jurying the show.
Department of Art at Youngstown State University
It was my great
honor to be invited to serve as a co-juror for the
Lima Area Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition, 2014 at ArtSpace/Lima. The
variety of subject matter was outstanding, and I was truly impressed by the
talent exhibited by each artist in this group.
As a juror, I
select paintings that exhibit an understanding of design principles,
especially in shapes and tonal value distribution. Then I pay close
attention to the artistís technical ability to present the subject matter as
a compelling work of art. Lastly, I turn to pieces that show the artistís
genuine courage to take risks with this wonderful watercolor medium, to
express themselves at a very personal level.
I would like to
thank Chris Leeper for sharing with me his vast knowledge and experience in
judging. I also would like to thank Bill Sullivan for his assistance and