Nature Art Exhibition – Overall Category

Nature 2014 Online Art Exhibition - "Overall Winning Artists 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 November 2014 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 4th 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 section 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 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 Nature Home Page here.

1st Place – Geraldine Simmons – “Black and Light” 

Geraldine Simmons was born in London, England in 1959 and lives on Sydney, Australia’s northern beaches with her husband and two children. She has a deep respect and passion for animals and the natural world specializing in mixed media and now scratchboard.

Before she draws Geraldine sets out to capture the true nature and essence of her animal subjects by paying close attention to the eyes. Her mission is to communicate that the world’s animals are not just mere commodities; to be exploited, used or forgotten.

Gaining signature membership to the Artists for Conservation was one of her proudest achievements. She has also won awards in international juried art contests for wildlife works and illustration, as well as being featured in publications including the Artists for Conservation hardcover book.

Geraldine has exhibited her works both nationally and internationally in a selection of a group, juried and invitational exhibitions. Her works are held in private collections throughout Australia and abroad as well as in a selected collection in Sydney.

Throughout her career, she has received invitations to both exhibit and donate artworks to well-known wildlife conservation and animal protection campaigns.

One of Geraldine’s most profound and awe-inspiring experiences was traveling to the remote areas of Indonesia to witness orangutans in the deep jungles of Borneo. Inspired by this trip she founded the Riding for Rangas charity bike to raise funds and awareness for non-profit organization Friends of the National Parks Foundation.  

2nd Place – Laurie Hein – “River Bend Park”

Laurie Hein lives and creates in Florida.  Laurie states, “The world is so amazing! I hope my art reveals my excitement and love of life while capturing your attention. The choice of subject, use of color, light, and energetic brush strokes are all a part of who I am. Perhaps they will touch your heart, enrich your experience and find a place in your world?”

Laurie Snow Hein is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and she has been painting all her life. Laurie is an award-winning artist and illustrator who has published and licensed her art worldwide. Her art can be found in wall decor, murals, calendars, cards, fabrics, and household accents, and in your favorite shopping venues. 

Laurie also exhibits at the top art festivals in the nation, teaches art classes and conducting workshops.  She depicts a broad range of subjects from portraits and illustrations, to tropical flowers, landscapes, and botanicals. Her art is alive with sparkling light and vibrant color. Her passion is to create meaningful works of art that have lasting value.

You can view her collections of  tropical landscapes, gardens, botanicals, orchids, children, mother & child, animals, Amish life, Christmas & Holidays, view her show schedule, make contact and learn more about her artistic achievements at   

3rd Place – Sandy Friedkin – “Egret & Spoonbills at Low Tide”

Sandy has lived in Palm Beach County, Florida for over 24 years. She became interested in photography with the inception of the digital age. Sandy is a native New Yorker and she loves to photograph her favorite places in NYC, as well as the magnificent wildlife & natural landscapes of Florida. She travels throughout the state of Florida on weekends with her husband, and their cameras, following the light and capturing the beauty of their adopted state.

The Nature photographs she submitted to 4th Annual “Nature” Online Art Competition were all taken locally, within Palm Beach County or at Lake Okeechobee, Fl.  The images were also modified digitally using Photoshop CS6 and various plug-ins (add-on programs within Photoshop program).  

4th Place – David Stribbling – “Rockin’ and Rollin”

David Stribbling works from his studio in Preston, England. He is known for powerfully evocative oil paintings with exquisite detail and color.  His work is primarily of wildlife subjects and with a particular affinity for Africa and the big cats. Galleries and collectors on both sides of the Atlantic eagerly await new work by this artist, whose work has been sold through world-renowned auction houses Christies (London) and Phillips (Chester).

David Stribbling was selected as a finalist for the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year for the two consecutive years that he entered. His 2008 entry “Raid on Mfuwe” sold in the first ten minutes of the preview night at the Mall Galleries in London.

His style has changed in recent years from a detailed style to a more impressionistic approach.  He has featured in a number of books and publications and recently co-authored a kindle book about his style and methods. His website is  

5th Place – Danielle Austen – “Majestic” 

Danielle Austen is a documentary fine art photographer specializing in intimate portraits of the environment. She was trained in the traditional fine arts of painting, sculpture, drawing, and photography where she received her BFA from Cornell University. She worked as a graphic designer for seven years before attending the master’s program at the Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, in photojournalism.

Working for newspapers and magazines, her editorial work has been published locally, regionally and nationally including Life Magazine’s 2002 “The Year in Pictures.” Returning to her fine art roots, she has combined her skills and training and has participated in over three dozen national juried exhibits, a joint show at the Atrium Gallery in Morristown, NJ, a solo exhibit, “Portraits of the Glades” at the Ernest Coe Visitor Center Gallery at the Everglades National Park in March 2014, and her series of the “Kenai Peaks” of Alaska are on exhibit as part of Art Around the Park in Morristown, NJ from June 27- Nov 21, 2014. In the past two years, she was an Artist-in-Residence at the Everglades National Park, the Vermont Studio Center where she received a full Fellowship and most recently at Acadia National Park.

She has won many awards, both in her photojournalism work and fine artwork. This past year Danielle was a national winner of Canon’s “Project Imaginat10n” photo competition with Director Ron Howard. Celebrity director, Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter, chose her winning image to help inspire his short film, “Evermore” which premiered October 2013 in NYC.

Danielle describes her creative process, “As a documentary fine artist trained both in photojournalism and in the fine arts, I am bound to seek honesty in my subjects and to communicate the spirituality of the moment. My work focuses on unexpected views of the landscape… and to tell their story. I search for what many may see as ordinary and discover the extraordinary.”

Danielle continues her thoughts, “Over the years, I have found beauty in many unforeseen places. I am constantly surprised at the ability of nature to create amazingly beautiful abstract imagery through the interplay of light, pattern, color, and movement. The effects can be surreal, and even ethereal. I believe these images are pathways into the unexpected depth of the natural world, a world I work to document.”  

6th Place – Lisette Overweel-Monshouwer – “Morning Glory Pool”

Lisette Overweel-Monshouwer was born in Dordrecht, the Netherlands. She studied Law in Rotterdam and worked as a court registrar for 18 years. During this period she started to paint and continued in the following years, taking up art studies in Holland (Art Academy Utrecht and courses at Bart van der Bom Studio) and Germany (Kunsthochschule Dresden).

Her work inspired her to do a series of abstract colorful paintings referring to the daily life in courts. These acrylics can now be found on display in a lot of law firms, court offices, and home studies. Right now, they are also on permanent exhibit in the Courts of Dordrecht, Rotterdam, and Breda.

After moving to Germany with her family in 2008, Lisette started to paint other original styles and subjects. These include dancers, nature, animals, and dogs, inspired by her puppy Zsa-Zsa. Part of the latter collection is now on exhibit in “Galerie Böhner”, Mannheim, Germany. Part of her collection paintings of dancers and golfers have been in a show in Sedona, Arizona.

Lisette now lives in the United States and continues to paint on a daily basis. As a member of Mamaroneck Artist Guild, she joins several shows a year. In 2012 and 2013 this award-winning artist was invited to join group shows on Broadway and Times Square, organized by Dacia Gallery, NYC., and she took part in several shows in New Rochelle, White Plains, Cos Cob, Greenwich and Rye. Recently she had a solo show in Mamaroneck, and starting November 7th she’ll have a solo show at MODHArts Gallery of Contemporary Realism in New Rochelle.

Recently Lisette started adding new techniques to her acrylics and mixed media paintings, using epoxy to create 3-dimensional artworks.  

7th Place – Holly Kavonic – “Slumber”

Holly Kavonic is a self-taught hyperrealist artist originally from South Africa and now residing in California.  Holly fervently paints nature, wildlife and people, constantly driven to achieve perfection, using her God-given talents to capture the world on canvas. She seeks to display the magnificence of beauty and life itself, by combining deliberative inspirational craftsmanship with a studious and meditative approach.

Holly seeks to re-connect with the traditional realist painting practices from the 17th and 19th centuries that have inspired her so greatly and apply this rich heritage to contemporary subject matter, whether it be the grittiness and squalor of inner city life or the rough, unkempt wilderness of America or Africa.

Holly paints with oils on canvas, spending 2-3 months painting full time to achieve the quality and perfection she desires. Holly Kavonic currently sells her work through Pacific Crest Gallery in South Lake Tahoe, CA as well as in Artisan Gallery in Durban, South Africa. Her paintings are displayed at  

8th Place – Pam Borrelli – “Emergent”

Pam Borrelli, a San Francisco based photographer, has been creating photographic images throughout her life, a passion she first discovered in childhood. Pam attended the San Francisco Art Institute and later earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of San Francisco, expanding and deepening her awareness, sharpening the desire 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 Kellicut 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.

9th Place – Iris Wise – “Roam”

Iris Wise’s passion as an artist has emerged over a lifetime of developing a God-given talent from early childhood. Her love for nature and animals from near and far have been the main influence and primary focus of her work.

Iris is always striving to capture and communicate the essential spirit which resides within these familiar friends. Each individual, presented in majestic subtlety is a testament to the commonalities of life. The eyes of this artist see the apparent thought, playfulness, and even sense of humor possessed by those who share the world with us.

Iris is a native Californian, grew up on ranches and still lives on a small ranch nestled in the Santa Cruz foothills, where she paints daily to further develop and stretch her artistic skill.  

10th Place – Terry Pellmar – “Where the Little Rivers Are”

Terry Pellmar is a Maryland-based Digital Artist, striving to capture the magic of the world around her. Her artistic creativity blossomed after her retirement from a career in science. Whether she is walking in the local park or traveling the world, taking in a mountain view, a flower detail, or a moment in a life – she captures the scene with her camera. But it is with her artwork that she reveals her vision. Digital paint brushes, filters, and textures are the primary tools she uses to transform the original picture and create a work that conveys her enchantment.

Terry sometimes creates mixed-media pieces, using acrylics and/or pastels to enhance the printed image. Terry shows her award-winning work in a variety of venues in the Washington DC metropolitan area, including juried and solo exhibitions.  To see more of Terry’s work, visit: