Botanicals Art Exhibition - Overall Category

The Overall Winning Artists Category consists of the 10 Best Entries received from the 3 media categories of the Painting & Other Category, Photography & Digital Category and the 3 Dimensional Art Category. 

The winning artists will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of August 2018 and thereafter, the artworks and links to the artist’s websites will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives.

The overall winning artists’ category of the "Botanicals" Art Exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity and promotion.  In addition, the overall winning artists will also receive extensive worldwide publicity in the form of email marketing, 550+ press release announcements, event announcement posts and social media marketing. 

Winning artists will also have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on ArtJobs/ArtWeek. Artweek/Artjobs produces 800,000 page impressions per month, 280,000 website visitors per month and has 30,000 newsletter subscribers.  

Congratulations to our artists who made our 8th Annual “Botanicals” Art Exhibition so successful this month. At any time, we invite our winners and other interested visitors to link their websites to the Gallery’s Archive section for further ongoing promotion.

The Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery will have digital “Botanicals” Award Certificates, Event Postcard, and Press Releases sent to the winning artists within the next week or so. Thank you to all of the artists who participated and for being a part of the gallery. To return to the Botanicals Home Page here.

1st Place - Paula Weech – “Summer”

Paula always been drawn to creativity. She lived her early years in Niagara Falls where, in third grade, her artwork was displayed in a children’s show at the local art museum. She later moved on to Illinois where she attended junior and senior high schools during the 1960s. At that time, girls were required to choose between home economics and art. Paula chose the latter. Yet what she learned in those early years of art classes does not resonate in her artwork of today. Her love of abstract became evident, many years after her high school graduation.

Paula was married at age 17, right after high school and did not go on to college. After marrying young and immersing herself in raising three children, her artistic talents lay dormant. She worked in the fields of banking and accounting in the Midwest until 1986. It was then that Paula and her family relocated to Tucson, Arizona where she launched her twenty-three-year career as Director of Operations for a national advertising research company. Such a career path was a far cry from that of an artist, but she maintained her appreciation and love for art, and a strong desire to express herself artistically.

In the late 1980s, through a serendipitous encounter, Paula met a gentleman who taught “meditation painting.” She took a private class from him and realized the act of dripping and throwing the paint onto large canvases was a very liberating experience and began painting occasionally on the weekends to relax and unwind. Eventually, she began to experiment with a variety of papers as her base rather than the large canvases with which she began her artistic journey. Her acrylics took on a new life atop fibrous watercolor papers, rice papers, metallic and high gloss paper.

Paula is primarily a self-taught artist; however, she continues educating herself in a variety of art mediums and styles, enrolling in various workshops. Her recent exploration of pouring watercolor on yupo and creating with collage has become her new passion. As with the large canvas paintings, she continues to paint abstractly allowing her mood, the colors and the flow of the paint to guide her. Pouring on yupo is challenging but invigorating. It encourages her to let go of control and allow the paint to merge and flow. Her colors are rarely chosen before the start of a painting, as she allows her prevailing mood to dictate her palette. Paula doesn’t set out to paint about one subject or another. She enjoys painting abstractly because it is exciting to watch the painting evolve. Painting with abandon uplifts her soul and spirit.

Paula started painting more seriously a few years ago, after retiring from her career. She is a member of Arizona Watercolor Society, Contemporary Artists Southern Arizona, National Collage Society, and is a signature member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild. While she continues to submit her work for juried shows, Paula’s work is consistently exhibited at the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild gallery.

Please contact Paula at for more information about her work and upcoming showings.

2nd Place - Denise McDermott – “Flannel Flowers”

Denise McDermott is an Australian photographic artist, now retired from working life. She has been a photographer for most of her life. She is equally comfortable shooting the night sky, the underwater world, landscapes, animals, studio work and macro subjects.

Photography is her passion and she delights in taking it beyond the usual, often into the surreal. She has been successful at National and International Competition level, having recently won a Gold Medal in VIgex 2018 Digital Salon of Photography and a Bronze medal in Sydney Harbour International Exhibition of Photography.

Denise’s work often begins with a single image and grows to explore the possibilities of a theme. Some recent themes have been science fiction and steampunk. She enjoys finding abstract images but also likes to create mythical scenes and place costumed models within those scenes. She recently completed an online course called Photoshop Artistry and is now enrolled in the Awake course run by Sebastian Michaels. Denise has just participated in an exhibition with 3 friends in an art gallery in her area.

Plans for the future include visiting some re-enactment groups to capture them in practice with costumes and props. Denise believes the possibilities for creativity are endless once our imaginations are engaged. Denise’s web gallery is

3rd Place - Sheila Fisher – “Petals from Paper”

Sheila Fisher is a self-taught Floral Paper Artist, photographer, and lifelong creative.

Nature provides an unlimited world of inspiration for her work in creating realistic and sometimes whimsical interpretations of living flower specimens. Fine art still life paintings, botanical prints, and photographs are also a great source of inspiration and a way to study particular flower varieties and colors. By taking a seemingly simple material such as crepe paper and transforming it into a 3-dimensional imitation of a particular bloom, the artist has the opportunity to share floral specimens that may not otherwise be accessible to everyone, or are seasonally unavailable.

Crepe paper flowers have been around for over a century. In the early part of the 20th century, it was seen as a way to bring beauty and color into the home when fresh flowers were cost prohibitive for many people. In recent years the art is experiencing a revival and many new workshops, techniques, and supplies have come to market.

The majority of Sheila’s work uses imported German and Italian crepe paper. Many times the paper is hand dyed or shaded to bring depth to the bloom. Each petal is then hand cut and shaped before being assembled. Paper foliage is also an important part of the artistic arrangement.

Sheila belongs to a thriving paper florist community where critique and collaborations help her to advance her skills, as well as contribute to the growth of her fellow artists. 

To see more of her works -

4th Place - Mary Sue Veerkamp-Schwab – “The Shrubby Peony”

Mary Sue, currently residing in Bloomington, Indiana, is a two time Special Merit Award winner in the Light Space and Time 2017 Botanical Art Exhibition, ‘Magnificent Hydrangeas’ is featured in this show. Her painting “Willa the Bunny” recently won Special Merit Award in the 2017 International Competition, Animals Art Exhibition, and A Special Merit award in the Landscape competition.

Mary Sue attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati and Edgecliff College, she is a member of the Art Student’s League of New York and has attended workshops in San Francisco. She is also a member and the Garden State Watercolor Society, and the Art Association of Westfield.

Mary Sue specializes in commissioned portraits of homes, historic locations, children, pets and is a private art instructor for children, teens, and adults. She has worked as a professional graphic designer, art instructor, and storyboard artist. She is often inspired by her travels and the many places where she and her family have lived.

“My father was my first art teacher,” Mary Sue says. “I remember on vacations, he would pull out his old worn palette, and I watched as the water and palm trees magically appeared on the page. He taught me the value and joy of expressing one’s self through painting and drawing.”

Mary Sue believes, “Art is rooted in nature, the entire world around me, whether a landscape, flower or a person. This is the source of my creative impulse. I try to express what my eye has seen and my heart has felt, and my paintings show what I have found. I often tell my students that you bring all of your senses and experiences of life to your paintings. Inspired by this, we see art in a different way, a better way.“

By taking classes and working daily, Mary Sue wants to be always improving. Through her artwork, Mary Sue hopes to share a little of herself and the beauty of the world as she sees it with others.

“My students inspire me, expressing themselves through art is contagious, I have found long-lasting friendships through teaching art.”

To see more of Mary Sue’s work, visit, contact Mary Sue at 908-313-7233.

5th Place - Barbara Mierau-Klein – “Nasturtium Cheer”

Barbara Mierau-Klein’s fine art images reflect her fascination with the beauty of color and light. Her artwork covers a wide variety of subjects, sometimes with whimsical elements, at times with a hint of the fantastical, often with elements of nature, always with intriguing color and light effects.

A native of Germany, Barbara lives in the Washington, D.C. area. As a passionate landscape and nature photographer since her teenage years, Barbara is often traveling the world to capture photos of beautiful landscapes and nature.

Barbara discovered the world of digital photo compositing a few years ago and has been completely hooked ever since. Layering multiple images, textures and effects magically opens up whole new worlds of endless creative possibilities.

Barbara’s digital art images have won numerous awards, have been published in “Living the Artistic Life” and “Fine EYE Magazine”, and are on display in select art galleries in the US. You can see more of her work on her website

6th Place - Cheryl Plautz – “Day Lilies”

Born in West Bend, Wisconsin Cheryl has always loved the outdoors and nature. She moved around the Midwest when younger but her family later returned to the West Bend area. Since a young age if she wasn't active outdoors she was drawing. It wasn't until her senior year in high school when she decided to pursue art as a carrier. She decided to go into the commercial art field. Milwaukee Area Technical College is where she studied commercial art. She continued to take workshops and classes to further her art training.

Cheryl began her career at a magazine publication. Later she worked at an advertising agency and also a printing company. Having done some freelance illustration and design, over the years, Cheryl started freelancing on her own. The computer became an important tool for her work. Freelancing allowed her to do a variety of art for different types of companies. As much as she enjoyed digital art, she also missed the more traditional way of creating art. After she and husband adopted their 2 daughters from India she decided to make the transition into the fine arts. This gave her the freedom to choose not only the subject matter but also the medium to create it in. It also took the pressure off the tight deadlines a freelance artist experiences.

Currently, Cheryl is living in Medford Wisconsin. In 2012 her family moved to the more rural and scenic area in Northern Wisconsin. Living there has had a big influence on her art. It has inspired her as she observes and photographs nature and the wildlife around her. It's easy to make a connection with nature in such a beautiful and serene environment. The medium she has been using often is acrylics. Cheryl started painting with acrylics seven years ago. It works well with her realistic style of art. Scratchboard is another medium she likes to work in because of the finely detailed look it achieves. She also works with other mediums such as watercolor, gouache, oils, pastel, colored pencil, and casein.

Cheryl is also a Member of the Wisconsin Regional Artists and to see more of her works -

7th Place - Ilona Abou-Zolof – “Paper Daisy”

I love photography because it makes me see the world, my environment and people in a very different way. I found myself becoming much more observant and appreciative of everyday things.

I can see beauty in all around me. I would have walked past most before, once I start looking closer I can't stop seeing more and more. When I started off I loved just taking photos of children and animals. I didn't like posed images. I liked them more natural or candid, but I found that if you stick with only two subject matters you will run out of interesting photos very soon.

I went out of my comfort zone and tried other things like landscape, seascape, portraiture, macro, weddings and street photography. Now I am at a stage where I think of myself as an image maker rather than an image taker and a digital artist. I will get an idea; take images I can use to fulfill my idea. I have as much fun taking the images as I have processing them in Lightroom and Photoshop afterward. I use the digital tool to convert my photos into digital artwork.

It is amazing what we can produce in the digital age and how much fun it is. To see more of her works -

8th Place - Mark Jungmeyer – “Midnight Stargazer”

Mark Jungmeyer is an artist originally from St. Louis, Missouri now living in Springfield, Illinois. Mark has a degree from the Art Institute of Chicago. His passion is painting. The subject matter is variable- whatever inspires him to create. His paintings include floral, landscapes, people, and abstracts.

Works reveal inspiration from great masters such as Manet, Caravaggio, and contemporary artist Bruno Surdo. Mark works at his personal studio in Springfield, Illinois along with painting at the ArtZ Studio in Springfield where he was invited to be an associate owner.

Mark has had his work displayed at juried exhibitions at the ArtZ Studio in Springfield, IL; Hygge: Creating Sanctuary in St. Charles, IL; and the 2018 Spring Exhibition at the Chatham Public Library in Chatham, IL. He has also participated in juried fairs including the Spring Blooms Festival Fine Arts and Craft Fair in Bloomington, IL, and Hope for the Holidays in Springfield, IL.

He also had his work shown at the St. Louis Artist's Guild in St. Louis, MO. To see more of Mark’s artworks -

9th Place - Margo Reasner – “Tulips with Butterfly”

Margo Reasner is an emerging artist residing in rural New Hampshire. She was born and raised in Northern California where she took her first photo at 4 years of age. As a child, she would save money to buy and develop rolls of film. When she entered college at UC Davis she bought her first SLR camera and took primarily black and white photos, as well as some color slides. At Davis, her interest was Psychology with an emphasis in Visual Perception. Later, in graduate school at Cornell University, she continued her studies in Visual Perception and focused on black and white film, developing and printing her own photographs.

Early in her photography, Margo was interested in capturing people she knew the way that she saw them on film, as well as recording moments in her life. As time went on she began to scrapbook family memories as a way to showcase her photographs. More recently, as digital cameras and scrapbooking elements came along she moved from the darkroom to Photoshop and spent many years making digital scrapbooks.

After her son left home for college she started taking photographs as a way of capturing how she saw the world. “There is a way the human eye sees things, a way that the camera captures them and then there is Photoshop that can merge the two together, and sometimes imagination can push the result into a new way of seeing things,” she believes. “Ultimately, digital artistry is a method of organizing the chaos we see into the order that is more emotionally understandable.”

She has recently retired, so photography and digital artistry are her main activities, she can be reached at

10th Place - Ibolya Taligas – “Poppy Field”

Ibolya Taligas was born in Budapest, Hungary. After completing her A-levels in her hometown she moved to the UK where she continued her studies. She studied Illustration in London and completed numerous other art-related courses. It was many years later that she took up watercolor painting, in which she is self-taught and it is now her primary medium. Since then she has developed a spontaneous and distinctive technique.

Ibolya often paints en plein air and also prefers painting portraits from life. She taught at workshops in London since 2014. As well as working as a fine artist, Ibolya organizes painting holidays to European destinations where she teaches watercolor painting techniques through demonstrations.

She is now dividing her time painting and running her painting holiday business called Painting Getaways. Many of her paintings are in private collections in the UK, USA and in Hungary, many of which were showcased in hotels, restaurants, cafes. They are also displayed and sold at art websites worldwide. Her latest work can be seen here:

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