Nature 2015 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, the Photography & Digital Category and 3 Dimensional Art Category.

All winning artists will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of August 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 “Nature” 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 “Nature” 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 Nature Home Page here.

1st Place - Belle Stone - "Tiger Tiger"

Belle was born and raised in the Riverland in South Australia. While at school she studied art and music, eventually going on to study Film at Flinders University. After a few years of working, Belle trained as a teacher, specializing in Visual Art and taught for four years in regional South Australia. During this time she exhibited her art in the Riverland as part of the annual SALA Festival. Now Belle divides her time between her part-time teaching job and her artwork.

Belle loves to explore different media and has developed skills across a variety of different formats, with an interest in scratchboard, however, she still has a soft spot for the more traditional art of painting and graphite drawing.

Horses are her passion, finding the beauty in the curves, musculature, and tones. Belle also enjoys working from her own photography and is available for commissions providing her own photography services to work from.  Her website is  

2nd Place - Melinda Moore - "Gathering Hope”

Growing up in Florida on the edge of the Everglades, Melinda developed a deep bond with nature at a young age and she began studying photography at age eighteen. The habit of observing the natural world has deeply influenced her art.

Exposure to the works of the artists from the Age of Discovery, such as John James Audubon, Chester A Reed, Martin Johnson Heade, have inspired her to merge her photographic talent with her artistic vision.

All Melinda’s art is created from her own photographs. Her painterly “montage technique” is created by blending detailed images with multiple soft atmospheric ones, then adding scans of organic textures such as paper or cloth.

The end result of her work is a romantic atmospheric art form which is also hyper-real in detail.  To find out more about the artist please visit her website  

3rd Place – Kerye Hartzell - "Lily Sculpture"

Kerye Hartzell is a self-employed metals artist using primarily copper, silver, alcohol ink, and stones. You can find her studio in the Houston, Texas area where her work gravitates to the forms and folds of flora which communicates the synthesis of organic and metal.

Hartzell received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in metalsmith and jewelry from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in fall 2013. During her studies, she learned how to cast silver, polish bronze, and shape copper. Kerye also discovered that she could combine the elements of nature to create something beautiful and emotionally meaningful.

She is naturally attracted to organic forms; drawing flowers and ocean life since she was young, knowing even at an early age the beauty of the natural world. Once introduced to the more advanced techniques of jewelry making, like fold forming, she discovered a new way to combine her natural interests with the artistry and science of the art world.

She states this about her works, “Each work mimics organic forms and textures capturing the beauty, elegance, and fragility of flora. Each piece of art is composed primarily of copper which is then cut, folded, and hammered into a recognizable organic structure. The artistry elegantly displays the beauty of the organic world with and through the permanence of metal.”  Her website is  

4th Place - Claire Bartlett - "Brannigan`s Hare"

Claire Bartlett is an artist based in the United Kingdom.  After helping set up a community arts Centre in the 70`s Claire took her degree at Newcastle upon Tyne and she worked as a Community Artist for many years.

Among other artistic projects, she performed design for theatre companies, made giant structures with Welfare State International and Bunraku puppets with Puppets and People. Claire also worked in the community with youth groups, young offenders, and schools in Visual and Performing Art.

Since moving to Southend some 15 years ago, she has set up and run the Southend Youth Arts, which provides arts opportunities for young people and also for access groups. Currently, she has largely retired from community arts work to concentrate on her own Visual Art practice, but she still finds the time to run art classes for children and adults.

Claire uses watercolor techniques and mixed media to explore images that you see in her work. Her aim is to catch a moment and celebrate the color and diversity of life. Her website is  

5th Place - Kenneth Johnston - "Four Great Egrets"

Kenneth Johnston is a self-taught photographer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who specializes in both wildlife photography and photographs of “surrealist dioramas.”

Interested in photography as a hobby since he was a child, he acquired his first digital camera about five years ago, and since then has managed to get his work shown in Louisiana, Florida, and Mississippi.  His hobbies include camping and hiking, often in very remote areas. The discipline needed to observe wildlife - being very patient and attempting to become “part of the landscape – has proved beneficial when interesting photographs are desired.

The philosophy behind his wildlife photography is to capture those fleeting moments that happen so rapidly that they are often beyond the ability of human perception and represent the beauty and majesty of nature. Image processing generally consists of cropping, and adjustments to the light levels and contrast. Sometimes, a bit of sharpening is used on the image. Kenneth does not subscribe to digital re-composition by moving objects or creatures within the frame for artistic effect.

Kenneth began posting his photos taken of local wildlife (mostly birds and reptiles) on his Facebook page and found, to his surprise, that a few people wanted to buy prints. A friend gave him the opportunity to set up a table at the big Arts Market in the Fondren district of Jackson, MS in April 2014

Kenneth decided to bring both wildlife photos and surrealist-inspired material. The surrealist photos attracted a lot of attention (and sold very well), and he was given the opportunity to exhibit his work at the Arts Center in Jackson. His website is  

6th Place - Kathy Blankley Roman - "Troika"

Kathy’s intuitive paintings are process driven and reflect her connection to the world around her. Using acrylics and various drawing media or beeswax, oil paint and pigment–adding, then taking away, painting over, scraping back–her paintings develop depth and a sense of history.

She uses contrasting elements to create tension: warm colors vs. cool, texture vs. smooth and high energy marks supported by a calm, muted colors. The process she uses of layering and scraping in her acrylic paintings translates easily to her encaustic work and most recently to the technique of painting with oil paint and cold wax medium. Manipulation of a limited palette plus the use of contrasting textures defines her current work, creating the illusion of depth and motion, subtle yet full of energy while evoking feelings of peace and calm.

Kathy continues to explore and experiment with other media and ways of creating. Ultimately, it is all about the process and the physical act of creating: becoming the brush, responding to the surface, the visceral feeling of engaging it, the discovery, the evolution of the painting as it changes; and then finding the delicate balance between intuition and intention to bring the composition to a satisfying conclusion.

Born and raised in Chicago, Kathy is an award-winning artist known for her abstract acrylic and encaustic paintings. All her life she has been making art of one kind or another. With very little formal training, she has learned her craft mostly through workshops or classes at her local art centers. In her mid-years, she became proficient in calligraphy, which led to work in the graphic design field and freelance illustration. Her art took an entirely new direction after her retirement in 2010 when she started painting her current abstract work.

Her expressive acrylic and encaustic paintings have been shown in juried and small group shows nationally and online.  Kathy maintains a studio and lives in Chicago.  

7th Place - Pam Borrelli - "Yosemite Surprise"

San Francisco-based photographer, Pam Borrelli, has been creating images her entire life, a passion she’s followed since childhood. The formal study of photography led Pam to a fortuitous meeting with an acclaimed photographer, Ruth Bernhard, who became Pam’s mentor, encouraging her to pursue a commitment to photography. She attended the San Francisco Art Institute and later earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of San Francisco, which expanded and deepened her awareness while focusing the need to express herself artistically through photography.

“My photography focuses on the interplay of reality and imagination. After years of honing my skills in the traditional darkroom, I have embraced the digital revolution in Photography and I am continually inspired by its creative applications.”

Pam has participated in a number of juried exhibitions where she has won recognition and awards for her work, most recently from the Kellicutt International Photo Show. Her floral images are featured in the new book “Flowers in Art: Contemporary International Artists.” Pam’s art may be seen at the San Francisco Women Artists Gallery, founded in 1887, where she currently serves as the President of its Board of Directors.  

8th Place - Gemma Gylling - "Critically Endangered; Amur Leopard"

Growing up on a small ranch in Southern California, Gemma Gylling developed her love of nature, animals, and creativity. Gemma currently lives in Valley Springs, California with her husband, Bill, and their three dogs.

An avid traveler, Gemma thrives in locals that allow her the opportunity to photograph the wildlife. In addition to most of the United States, Gemma has also traveled to Costa Rica, Alaska, South Africa, and Canada. Many of the reference photos Ms. Gylling uses for her paintings are from her Wildlife Safari trip in South Africa.

Gemma, as a signature member of Artists for Conservation, pledges a portion of her sales to Animal Conservation groups including PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society) and the National Wildlife Federation. Gemma volunteers as a Docent for the Lions and Elephants at the PAWS Sanctuary in San Andreas, California. Gemma is also a juried member of Society of Animal Artists, a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and a member of the Placerville Arts Association. She’s been accepted in numerous exhibitions all over the world and has also won numerous awards in those exhibitions.

When asked what inspires her Gemma says, “The Animals speak to me in a very special way and because of that I try to help them speak to you through my art. I strive to portray the velvet touch of their fur, the sound of their roar or the plight they are living to simply exist”.  

9th Place – Wendi Schneider - "Egret, Reflected"

Wendi Schneider's sensual photographs are often recognized for their focus on detail, the grace of composition and delicate balance between the real and the imagined. Her images are inspired by a passion for the natural world, a background in painting and art history and the lush beauty of her southern heritage. A major contributor to the original Victoria magazine, she is also known for her hand-painted flower images, nearly 100 book covers and for designing and photographing the recreation of the 1901 Picayune's Creole Cook Book.

Raised in Memphis in a family of several generations of painters, she graduated in art from Newcomb, New Orleans. She began photographing in 1983 as a reference for her oil paintings. Her early work consists of black and white and sepia photographs enhanced with transparent layers of oil paint.

She moved to New York in 1988 to pursue a career in photography, where commissions included fine art, book cover, magazine and advertising and portrait assignments. She continued to paint photos into the ‘90s, also working in Polaroid Transfers, transitioning to color slide film for much of her editorial work. She moved to Denver in 1994, continuing to work for her NY clients and photographing annual reports. She designed and photographed for a small group of clients, primarily the luxurious Pura Vida Fitness & Spa, for whom she provided art direction, web/print design, marketing, digital display, and photography, including backlit Plexiglas photographs to illuminate spa treatment rooms.

She recently turned over most of that work to an agency to devote more time to her fine art photography. Schneider's latest body of work, the "States of Grace" series comprises painterly Figura, Flora, and Fauna images and is inspired by a quest to illuminate the grace of the natural world. Wendi is represented by A Gallery for Fine Photography in New Orleans. Her work can also be seen at her studio in Denver.  

10th Place - Sheryl Hughes - "The Dance"

Sheryl Hughes is a native Californian who took up painting later in her life. She has been taking photographs for many years and now uses those pictures as inspiration for her paintings. She Graduated from Art Instruction Schools in 2008 and was given Outstanding Graduate Award in 2009 from DETC (Distance Education and Training Council). She has since become a Multi Award Winning Wildlife Artist.

After spending many years visiting longtime friends that live there, Sheryl decided to move to Florida. She enjoys traveling and going back to California and Oregon to visit friends and family there. During her travels, she spends time enjoying some of her favorite hobbies, scuba diving & photography. While diving she enjoys underwater photography and has achieved her underwater photography certification.

Out of the water, she enjoys traveling around Florida taking pictures of Florida’s wildlife. She has also traveled up and down both the US east and west coasts finding more inspiration for her photos and paintings. Her paintings can be seen in many businesses around Northern California and Florida.  

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