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 3 Dimensional Art.

All winning artists will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of November 2015 and thereafter, the artworks and links to the artist’s websites will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives. Congratulations to our artists who made our 5th 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 page for further ongoing promotion.

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

1st Place - Laurie Hein – “Red Hat Girls”

Laurie Snow Hein is known beyond her home of Florida reaching audiences around the world. With pieces varying from tropical landscapes and botanicals to animals in action and fine portraits, her work appeals to art aficionados across the board. The canvases burst into life with sparkling light and brilliant color forming breathtaking and dramatic scenes. Laurie has chosen to benefit certain charities: she paints wild horses, allowing the purchaser to benefit by donating half the painting’s cost to the Wild Horse Sanctuary of Choice. Lover’s Key in Florida, as well as other Charities, will benefit with a tax deduction for the purchaser when certain art selections are purchased.

Laurie grew up in South Florida, took her first art class at Norton Museum of Art when ten years old. At age twelve, she began instruction with retired Illustrator and portrait painter in Lantana, Florida, Graham Ingels, till graduation from Clewiston High School in 1967. Columbus College of Art and Design awarded her with a full scholarship.

Her professional career started 26 years ago. As a mother of six, she was suddenly in the position of supporting the family solely on her artistic abilities. What had been a part-time job teaching art and painting to earn extra income for the family, became a full-time career. Observing her talent at an early age, her father had told her not to become an artist as they were too poor and couldn’t make a living. Laurie was destined and blessed by God, to flourish in the art world despite her father’s advice. She balances her time painting with teaching art classes, workshops, illustrating a number of published books, accepting portrait commissions and at the same time creating tropical oil paintings that are exhibited throughout the nation’s top 100 art Festivals. Student at the Everglades Club and Lost Tree Village have enjoyed her teaching skills for the past 25 years.

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2nd Place - Barbara Leven – “Two Coves Sunflower”

Born and raised in New York City, Barbara E. Leven took up photography upon graduation from Queens College of the City University of NY, where she majored in Art.

Leven has now been involved with photography for over 30 years as a fine art, editorial and advertising photographer. Throughout that time, she exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally. She has had both solo and group exhibitions, in such venues among others as the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH, the Queens Botanical Garden, NYC, the Queens Museum of Art, NYC, the Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, Cooper Union, NYC, the Annual International Master Print Fair, Sydney, Australia, Nikon House, NYC, the New York Academy of Arts at Sotheby’s, NYC and the Louis K. Meisel Gallery, NYC.

In addition, Leven’s work is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, the Cincinnati Art Museum and important private collections. Her photography has been featured in such publications as Art News, 2009, Focus Fine Art Photography Magazine, 2006, The Photo Review, 2005, The Official Marshall’s Handcoloring Guide & Gallery, 1994, Adweek, 1990, and the front cover of Advertising Photographers of America, NY Chapter Newsletter of March/April 1990.

Leven was shortlisted in the Sony World Photography Awards Professional category Nature and Wildlife in 2012 and in 2011, she received a First Place – Outstanding Achievement Award in Nature from the Photography Masters Cup, and has received several Honorable Mention Awards in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014 from the Pilsner-Urquell International Photography Awards.

Leven currently resides in New York City and continues to pursue her passion for photography.

3rd Place - Leonard Harris – “Agave Americana v. Harrisii”

As a sculptor, Len’s objective is to cause a maximum human response with a minimum of material. He tries to make visible what is essentially invisible, a defining form of a subject, be it an object, the human form, a human emotion, animals or birds, or the trajectory of a body in space.

His first career of forty years was as an aerospace engineer in industry and NASA. He performed engineering research and participated in major aeronautics and space development programs. While working for NASA, He attended studio art classes at Montgomery College, Maryland. For years, his primary interest was oil painting along the Potomac River or at remote sites in Montgomery County, MD. One of the few pieces of sculpture he created while taking art classes was constructed of thin wood plies and is the origin of my current sculpture. After some time he finally developed a technique to deal with large plies or ribbons of wood to achieve a light, free sculptural form.

Sensuous “Ribbons of Wood” define the compositions and to him, a feeling of movement is established through their bending and twisting. The texture, color, and grain of the wood enhance the reaction to the images. He starts with a sketch, but the final image depends on the feel of the wood as it is worked.

4th Place – Bonnie Gray – “Painted Roses”

Bonnie Gray is a Canadian artist. She was born in Huntsville, Ontario in 1992. She is now living in North Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Bonnie has graduated in the summer of 2015, from the BFA Honours program at Nipissing University in North Bay. Her instructors include Dennis Geden, Andrew Ackerman, Paul Kelly, Susan Cahill, Jean Anderson, and Alejandro Arauz.

Bonnie's style as a painter is narrative and romantic. She finds her inspiration in literature. Even when the subject of her works is not strictly narrative, she will often create a narrative feel to her work.

Even though she is adept at most general mediums, her choice mediums are conté drawings, and acrylic and watercolor paintings. Bonnie is best known for her odd extreme layering technique with acrylic paint. She will paint an entire background, which is then covered by a middle-ground, which is then covered by the foreground. By the end of the process, most of the work Bonnie puts into the background, and most of the middle ground is lost. However, she feels that this process is important for her to maintain proportion, depth and color value.

Bonnie has exhibited at many of the galleries and art sponsors in North Bay, and online. Some of which include the White Water Gallery, Nipissing University, and the West Lake Gallery. Bonnie received an honorable mention for the Seasons Juried Exhibition at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery in 2014. Bonnie was exhibited at the Sneak Peek Fall Exhibition at the West Lake Gallery and exhibited at the Nipissing BFA Graduate Exhibition in April 2015, at the W.K.P. Kennedy Gallery. The Juried Exhibition 2015 at the White Water Gallery is the show that Bonnie feels most pleased about exhibiting in. Bonnie also has one of her painting (The Book Thief's First Book) on permanent display at Nipissing University.

Bonnie is in the process of developing a website. At the moment, however, she has a portfolio entitled My Growing Portfolio on Facebook. This online document depicts her more recent works and gives a description of the dimensions, mediums, and inspirations for each of her works.

Bonnie has yet to decide what path she will take in her artistic practice. She has very little time to dwell on this decision at the moment, due to the series of paintings and drawings that she had been commissioned to paint.

5th Place – Len Romanick – “Glow”


Len Romanick lives and creates in central New Jersey.  He shoots under the moniker LensAfield, specializing is close-up nature photography.

Botanical subjects are not his main interest, but he does dabble on occasion, especially in a desktop studio setting producing low-key imagery most often using a single off-camera light source to that draw the viewer in to examine previously unseen and unappreciated detail.

Len states, “I like to find difficult subjects that are technically and artistically challenging and maintain an active "bucket list" of shots I would like to capture as I contemplate future shooting opportunities.”


6th Place – Gordon Irving – “Narcissi”

Gordon Irving has painted a large number of portraits in oils and acrylics for some time now, over the past few weeks he has produced several seascapes and as well as botanical pieces using pastel pencils and soft pastel blocks.

Gordon Irving’s passion for painting has been the thread that has held him together through a life that has experienced many changes. His passion for art has helped him survive and thrive, inspiring him to embrace life’s challenges and become the prolific painter he is today. He states, "Having painted all my life, over these past 5 or 6 years, my easel has rarely been empty. I grew up in Ayr, South Ayrshire, Scotland and in my late teens I attended Newcastle College of Arts & Technology for one year, so with regard to my artwork I am largely self-taught,” explains Irving.

An honors graduate of the University of Glasgow, Gordon says, “Since returning to live in South Ayrshire I have mainly painted in oils, acrylics, and pastels.

Exhibitions of my work include two one-man shows in The Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine; the Maclaurin Galleries, Rozelle, Ayr, and The Greenheart Gallery, Ayr."

“There are very few jobs I haven’t done,” says Gordon Irving now aged sixty-two. “Having worked in electronics for several years, and served as a parish minister for over 10 years, I re-trained as a secondary school teacher. In finally coming to realize that Art is where my heart is, I changed my career path in 2010 to become a Fine Artist.

“Over the past few years, I have been invited as a practicing artist into various local Ayrshire schools to teach in the Art Departments of Girvan Academy, Marr College, Troon, Kyle Academy, Ayr and Prestwick Academy.

“I used to work in a studio/gallery which was offered to me by WASPS, a national artist’s charity. The studio at Courtyard Studios, Irvine, is next to the Harbour Arts Exhibition Centre. Having moved house, I now work from my home studio in Prestwick.

Reveals Gordon: “I have sold portraits of Billy Connolly and Eddi Reader to collectors in Kilmarnock; Leonard Cohen to an Ayr buyer, and The Dalai Lama “The Art of Happiness” which sold at the Maclaurin Gallery to a Girvan collector.

My work also sells regularly on the international market. The second portrait of Leonard Cohen sold to a buyer in Sydney, Australia, and the same collector commissioned a portrait of Audrey Hepburn. Both paintings are now in their new home Down Under. One of my portraits of John Lennon was purchased by a lady in Massachusetts, U.S.A. and a portrait of Bob Dylan now hangs in the home of a collector in Quebec. One of my portraits of Joni Mitchell was purchased by a Danish buyer, and a recently commissioned portrait has been bought by a collector in Norway.”

7th Place - Karen Sirnick – “Awakening”

Karen Sirnick is predominantly a self-taught photographer who lives and creates in Wellington, FL. She shares her home with her husband and 2 beloved rescue dogs, Andy & Misty. As a young child growing up in a family of 13, the family vacations were mainly centered on camping. They were like a small army invading the wilderness. Karen truly loved the excitement of the nights around the campfire and the days playing in the lakes or rivers. She continues to possess a deep love of nature and this subject has been a major influence in her photography choices.

In an effort to enhance her photographic skills Karen has taken numerous online classes, attended local workshops, and continues to submit her work into juried exhibits and contests both locally and internationally. The continuing education has provided a variety of assignments, with the introduction of new software, exposure to a diversity of professional photographers, and invaluable photographic critique.

Karen continues to explore new ideas in pursuit of creating beautiful and interesting images. Her work has been accepted and shown in a number of juried exhibitions in the Southeast Florida area. She has received a number of awards for her work including Light, Space, & Time’s Online Gallery. Additional images can be seen on her photography website at

8th Place – Anita Marci – “Icy Iris”

Anita Marci is an Award-Winning professional fine artist who began her illustrious career at the age of ten when she won her first Art Award and became a published artist. Originally from Pennsylvania, Anita Marci graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Communication Design, Summa Cum Laude. After graduation, she immediately took her new position as an illustrator/designer in a high profile New York City design firm after a whirlwind trip to Europe visiting seven countries in three weeks.

In 1985, upon receiving a painting commission of sixty watercolors for "Everlastings - The Complete Book of Wildflowers," the artist left the design firm and Anita Marci Studios was established. The successful Park Avenue Art Studio specialized in Commercial Product and Package Design for the Cosmetics, Fragrance, Publishing and Textile Industries.

In New York, in 1998, Anita Marci became a Fine Arts Instructor and an active art exhibitor showing her Award-Winning Watercolor paintings. By January 2003, when she relocated to Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, she was a nationally known and respected Art Workshop Instructor. On Maui, she taught privately and at the Hui No'eau Art Center, the Art School at Kapalua, the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, and the Maui Marriott- where she was the artist-in-residence. Her commission work soon flourished while exhibiting her fine art at four of Lahaina's top galleries.

Realizing the importance of the perfect art for the completion of any home or office and the challenge of finding it, Anita Marci began creating Custom Fine Art. Marci’s mission statement is to create beautiful Fine Art that enhances and unifies the environment to make a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. In 2007, her images landed a major commission of over twenty original paintings for ESPN Television Celebrity Chris Berman and his wife Katherine. These loyal collectors now own more than forty Marci originals in their three homes.

In 2010, Anita Marci's Watercolors and Acrylics, as well as her Art Studio, were featured in “Studios” which is a Special Annual Edition of American Artist Magazine. In December 2012, Marci was a TV guest on “Life on Maui.” In 2013, 2014 and 2015, twenty-five top galleries across the Nation awarded a total of eight American Art Awards to Marci- including a First Place. Art Business News named her as one of the Top Emerging Artists of 2014 and featured her in their International Magazine. This artist has earned fifteen International Art Awards from January- October of 2015.

Anita Marci was accepted and exhibited as an individual artist at the prestigious Art Expo New York Show in April 2014. Her fused-glass art paintings are currently in the Dolphin Gallery in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii. Artblend began representing Marci's acrylic on canvas paintings in June of 2014 in their Fort Lauderdale, Florida Gallery. In December of 2015, Artblend Gallery exhibited her work in the dynamic Spectrum Miami show to great acclaim. Anita Marci currently enjoys her position as an Artist-in-Residence at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii.

9th Place – Caryn Seifer – “Nigella”

Caryn is an award-winning fine art photographer whose favorite subject is to shoot florals. As far back as grammar school, Caryn was drawn to the beauty of the flowers in her mother’s garden. Her first attempt to capture that beauty was with an Instamatic camera her parents bought her. She remembers being so excited to get her pictures back from the photo lab only to be disappointed with the results, with each image was blurry!  

When it was time to go to college she decided to major in photography at Ohio University. There she learned how to successfully capture and print the objects she was so fascinated by. She has incorporated her education in photography paired with her strong sense of composition, learned as a graphic artist, to convey her interpretations of her subjects.

Today, as a digital photographer, there so many options for capturing and manipulating images. Caryn’s results can either be true representations of her subject, or, at times, can be taken to new dimensions through digital processing.

Caryn is a life-long resident of New Jersey and has been employed in the advertising field as a photographer, art director, designer, and computer production artist. Photography is now her main focus of interest.

10th Place – Jade Lam – “Fragrance of Spring”

Jade’s art reveals a mix of Eastern and Western influences as she was trained in various media including ink, watercolor, and oils while living in Hong Kong, Canada and the United States.

Moving to different countries and cities since the age of 16, she has learned to use art, a universal language, to express her perspectives on life. Jade is often inspired by nature as well as everyday life objects. She appreciates the simple pleasures in life and celebrates them through her art.

Jade uses ink and watercolor on rice paper to interpret her subject matter. Through brushstrokes, she conveys energy to the audience. Through the thin and sensitive nature of rice paper, she captures interesting moments without hesitation. Through the use of colors, she creates a dramatic visual effect. Jade enjoys the process of making art as it always leads to unexpected and open-ended artistic creations.


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