Landscapes Art Exhibition - Overall Category

The Overall Winning Artists Category consists of the 10 Best Entries received from the 2 media categories of the Painting & Other Category and the Photography & Digital Category.

The winning artists will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of June 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 “Landscapes” Art Exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity by having their winning art presented on The LST page will feature the artist’s art, an excerpt of their artists statement and their website URL’s as part of the gallery’s overall prize package.

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 “Landscapes” 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 “Landscapes” 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 Landscapes Home Page here.

1st Place - Laurie Hein – “Loxahatchee River”

Our world is so amazing! Description using words seem to fall short. I hope to bridge the gap with my artwork, filling the silence between our thoughts with vibrant images.

I strive to explain what my words cannot express but what my heart and emotions interpret and recognize.

My hope is that my landscape paintings accentuate the beauty of South Florida and the American tropics that I call home.

Always trying new media and continuing to experiment in order to create interesting effects, I create textures and sensations within my developing work.

Each portrait, still life, and landscape is another way to communicate and experience the beauty of Florida.  Laurie’s website

2nd Place - Ronald Santini – “Golden Glow after the Storm”

I started my photography journey during my time in the US Military in the late 1960’s. While stationed in Spain I purchased my first camera. My focused interest in photography started to blossom in the early 1980’s and took off with the introduction of digital photography. Digital photography opened many new avenues for me from improvements in equipment to post-processing of images. As my professional career as an environmental scientist came to an end in the early 2000’s, photography filled the void and has been an influential part of daily activities since.

Building on my deep interest in the environment, my photography focuses on landscapes, wildlife, macro, conservation, and abandoned and historic buildings and locations. Photographing a stunning landscape, be it large or small in magnitude, capturing wildlife in action and in natural settings or telling a story about conservation or abandoned Americana is a wonderful never-ending journey. Being able to share that journey with others brings a sense of satisfaction and joy that keeps me fully engaged.

I am a member of numerous photography organizations including the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA), Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and the Carolinas Nature Photographers Association (CNPA). Ron's website 

3rd Place - Paula Weech – “Terra Strata”

Paula was born in 1949 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She grew up in Niagara Falls where her life as an artist began when, in third grade, her artwork was displayed in a children’s show at the art museum. She later moved back to her birthplace and eventually moved on to Illinois where she continued to hone her skills as an artist.

Paula attended junior and senior high schools during the 1960s, when girls were required to choose between home economics and art. Paula chose the latter. Yet what she learned in all those years of art classes has not resonated in her artwork of today. She was taught that “good” art was to be representational. The abstract expressionist, Jackson Pollock, whose style one may recognize in Paula’s work, was considered a maverick in the art world and not yet known to the mid-western teenager. In fact, Paula didn’t even discover Pollock until years after she developed her own style.

After marrying young and immersing herself in raising three children, Paula’s artistic talents lay dormant. She worked in the fields of banking and accounting before launching her twenty-three year career as Director of Operations for an advertising research company in Tucson. Such a career path was a far cry from that of an artist, but Paula maintained her appreciation and love for art. 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. She began experimenting on her own, and thus the artist in Paula was reborn.

Using the outdoors as her studio, Paula allows her natural surroundings to relax as well as to invigorate her. The vibrant vistas and the tranquil tones of her environment influence not only her color choices, but the very movements she uses to apply the paint. Her colors are rarely chosen before the start of a painting, as she allows her prevailing mood to dictate her palette. 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 take on a new life atop fibrous watercolor papers, rice papers and pre-colored high gloss papers.

Paula’s recent exploration of pouring watercolor on Yupo has become her new passion, and has earned her several awards. As with the large canvas paintings, she continues to paint abstractly allowing her mood and the flow of the paint to guide her.

Paula is primarily a self-taught artist however she continues educating herself in a variety of art mediums and styles, enrolling in various workshops. She donates her paintings annually to several organizations and causes such as ‘ZOOcson’ - an annual Reid Park Zoo fundraiser, the American Cancer Society, the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, Tucson Wildlife Center, Lupus Foundation of Southern AZ, Mobile Meals, and the Angel Charity for Children.

Paula is a member of Arizona Watercolor Society, Contemporary Artists Southern Arizona 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.

4th Place - Shelley Benjamin – “Majestic Mountains”

Shelley Benjamin, a resident of southeast Florida, is an award winning digital artist.

She received a BS in Textile Design from Cornell University. After a career as a textile designer and weaver, she became interested in mixed media, and ultimately, photography.

Ms. Benjamin’s experimentation and involvement with digital photography began after she purchased her first DSLR camera. During the learning process, she joined an international group of digital artists. With the advanced training she was able to develop her skills, which has allowed her to transform her images to reflect her vision. The inspiration from the group opened up the possibilities of taking photos into a new realm.

She is motivated by the art she sees in museums and galleries. From the time she was young she has always been an avid museum visitor. Her background in weaving exposed her to the art of fine crafts and the masters in those fields.

Shelley uses her photos as the foundation for a digital painterly approach, utilizing modern technology to enhance and transform the original image. Drawing upon her textile design background, she imparts a tactile feeling to her work.

She is challenged and inspired by color, reflections, light, the changing seasons, nature and architectural elements. Shelley is always searching for the extraordinary visual imagery in very ordinary environments.

Ms. Benjamin states that her goal is to share the beauty around her and impart the uplifting feelings to the viewer that are the source of her inspiration.

Shelley Benjamin’s work has been exhibited in local and international competitions and in online galleries as well as being featured in national digital photo and print magazines.  Shelley’s website

5th Place - Brian LaSaga – “Autumn Relics”

Brian LaSaga was born in St. Teresa's, Newfoundland on November 1, 1955, and moved to St. George's Newfoundland in 1965.

Brian's journey as an artist began when he was very young and he has always been a very visual person and with no formal training, art is more instinctual, full of discovery and experimentation which has continued with him today. Being somewhat of a perfectionist, Brian has always remained faithful to his subjects, and he paints primarily with acrylics on wood panel.

His work is greatly influenced by nature, and feels that he is just a student and instrument of nature. The artist prefers to paint familiar experiences and subjects indigenous to his area. An area that he feels is raw and sacred. The artist's main interest is in capturing the essence of his chosen subject.  Brian’s website

6th Place – Deborah Loeb Bohren – “Glen Etive Valley #1”

As I travel the globe, I look through my camera’s lens and move more slowly, breathe more deeply and become part of the world around me. My images focus on the intersection and interplay of color, light and line of the natural and man-made world to tell a story of what has been, what is, or what will – or can – be.

Raised on film and in a darkroom, I expose and frame through the lens, as with film, even though I now shoot digital. I believe photography is the art and science of painting with light, and that a negative is still a negative regardless if it is a glass plate, a roll of film or an SD card. My love of the photographic printing process combined with a belief that bringing the image to life on paper is as much a part of the creative process as clicking the shutter, leads me to personally create archival prints of my images whenever possible. 

Each picture I take captures a moment in time, never to be repeated yet destined to exist beyond the moment. Beyond bridging time and space, I hope my images spark individual memories and universal emotions for those who see them. Her website

7th Place - Tatiana Roulin – “Evening Stream”

Tatiana Roulin is an award-winning, internationally renowned New England representational painter whose primary mediums include oil, acrylic and pastel. She is a juried member of the Oil Painters of America and Pastel Society of America. She is also a member of many art associations in New England. Roulin’s art is in many private, corporate and public collections worldwide. A few major collectors in MA include: Edward Kennedy Community Health Center; and The Department of Youth Services.

Roulin has won many prestigious art awards, has had several one-person exhibitions, and has participated in many juried group shows in the U.S. and abroad. Her paintings exhibited internationally in America, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, England, Brazil and Russia. The artist has been featured in several magazines such as Visual Language, Still Point Arts Quarterly, South Shore Living, and ArtScope Magazine.

Her art has been published in art books and she is listed in the “Who is Who in Visual Art” and “New Faces in Arts & Design” European art catalogs. Currently Roulin’s art is represented by The Mint Gallery in Bristol, RI, Art Works Gallery in Cedar City, UT, and the True Grit Art Gallery in Middleboro, MA. Her website is

8th Place - Sheri Emerson – “Zion”

Sheri has been a photographer her entire life, from a child snapping pictures with her 110 camera, to her first SLR, and finally into the digital world. She also has been an artist her entire life, winning her first art competition at the grand old age of five.

In the past few years, she has intensively studied both Photoshop and Lightroom to learn how to enhance her photography and turn it into digital art. In the past year, she has been published in “Living the Photo Artistic Life” twelve times, “Photoshop Creative UK” magazine three times, “Conceptual Images” magazine three times, “A5 Magazine” twice, “Magazine GSP Digital” eleven times, and “Fine Eye Magazine” for fine art photography three times.

She received the “Best in Show” award for “All Weather of the Seasons” in Contemporary Art Gallery Online competitions, placed second in the SINWP “Creatures Great and Small” competition, and has been exhibited at galleries in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Greece. She is a six-time top ten overall winner in the Light, Space and Time competitions and recently took “Best in Show” in the Fusion Art “Photography and Digital Art” competition.

Sheri splits her time between Arizona and Labrador, Canada, and is dedicating herself to pushing her photography and digital art even further. Her work is currently being sold on the curated ArtBoja website, and can be seen at  

9th Place - Murray Ince – “Allshtellach Bluebells”

I was born in Newport in 1957, on the whole I enjoyed school and of course my favourite subject was always art. I became a furniture maker and gradually moved into designing and manufacturing so I was always drawing and painting furniture designs. I took up painting seriously, though not full time in the early 1990’s, in 1996 I decided to do an A level Art and Design at the local college to get a taste of structured art learning and in 1997 did a teaching qualification.

I love to teach people to draw and paint and have tutored classes at the Isle of Wight College. I take students for private tuition in my home studio, demonstrate for art groups and have run painting experiences for Warner Leisure and currently tutor The 5 Bells Art Group that meets in Brook on a Tuesday afternoon. I am a ‘Leader’ for HF Holidays, running painting and drawing holidays all over Britain as well as other painting holidays in Britain, France and Italy.

My first love is Landscape painting and Winsor and Newton’s ‘Artisan’ oils; I have written a book titled ‘Landscape Painting In ‘Artisan’ Water-Mixable Oils’ and am a featured artist and product ambassador for Winsor and Newton. I am a regular entrant to the Light, Space and Time art competitions and have been lucky enough to have had some success.

I exhibit on the Island regularly and have always got a painting on the go, I get a buzz every time I pick up a pencil or my brushes, I am never stuck for ideas or inspiration and always have at least a dozen paintings waiting to be done, the next painting is always just around the corner and who knows, maybe one day a masterpiece! Most of all though I enjoy teaching and showing students that painting can be a lot less daunting than they imagine, to witness the enthusiasm in creating a piece of art that they are proud of is simply magical!

You can find more of my work and details of my holidays and workshops on my web site

10th Place - Maureen Ravnik – “Blue Mesa Moonset”

Maureen Ravnik was born and raised in Minnesota. A brief visit to Colorado sold her on attending college there to pursue a career in sales & marketing. She stayed and never looked back. Working and traveling a lot in that discipline opened her eyes to the wonders of the American west and reawakened childhood tendencies to be creatively involved in art. After a lengthy career in sales & marketing, she retired and bought her first DSLR and began making images of the American west.

Today, most of her time is spent outdoors taking in and capturing the scenery, wildlife, and exploring other methods for interpreting and sharing what she sees and experiences along the way. Maureen has accomplished many things with her photography including images placed in the Audubon International Top 250, local, national and international juried photography exhibitions, winning placements in monthly club competitions, state park calendars, images selected for use by the City of Littleton, and an image selected by National Geographic for publication.

Her work has been the subject of several newspapers and she is currently working on releasing 2 books that will document the beauty and environment of the second largest natural area in the country.

Maureen is an emerging talent whose methods and techniques are largely self-taught. Maureen’s inspiration is derived mostly from her environment. She explores the work of peers and connects on social media mainly to further explore processing techniques and stay on top of new developments in software and camera technology.

Some of her work is strictly an in-camera capture. Some of it involves taking the file from the camera and into the computer to develop composites or several interpretations of the same scene. This helps to keep her eyes open to the many possibilities for how our world can be observed and interpreted.


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