Open Art Exhibition – Overall Category

2014 Open Online Art Exhibition - Overall Winning Artists CategoryThe 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 December 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 “Open” 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 “Open” 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 Open Home Page here.

1st Place – C.J. Cairns – “Pearl Earring”

C.J.Cairns is a UK based artist living and working in the East Anglia countryside. As a self-taught artist with a background in animation, 3D and publishing graphics, C.J.Cairns has worked with numerous media but now creates all of her artwork on a digital tablet. Her work tends to fall within the genre of surrealism and symbolism.

As an artist C.J.Cairns works directly from a digital tablet, creating pieces through numerous stages. The first stage is the planning and construction of a 3D scene. This is followed by the digital painting of the scene, including the painting of wallpaper, water or skies. The 3D scene is then lighted like a theatre stage to focus the audience’s attention on the fine detail/message within each piece. Emphasis is placed on the detail: details which are worked into each piece to intrigue the audience each time they look closer. Gradually the piece is developed by layer upon layer of paint, switching between painting, lighting, painting and then texturing. Finally, the work is digitally painted and prepared for printing. Being digitally painted, all the artworks are printed by a fine art master printer.

Further and more information, e.g. on exhibitions and the latest works can be found on C.J.Cairns’ website is

2nd Place – Karen Robinson – “The Raven”

Karen lives on the border of Devon and Cornwall, the UK with her dog Bilbo, cat, and a flock of hens. Inspired by contemporary American realism, she is searching for the path unique to her own artistic journey.

She is grateful to many American artists for sharing their time and knowledge online, she has learned so much from them and also from David Hockney whose view of the creative process is that it should involve “the heart, the hand, and the eye”.

Karen is hoping she will learn to see, develop her technical skills and, in time, discover her heart. Her website is

3rd Place – Donna McGee “Crashing the Atlantic, Galway Hooker”


Donna is largely self-taught and has developed a unique style, encompassing a diverse range of influences. She strives to capture the restless elemental forces of the Irish landscape and to celebrate its timeless beauty in her work. Increasingly, she finds that her travels are reflecting a new dimension in her work, acknowledging the diversity in the cultural landscape. She tells her story in the paint while recording the mood and feel-good memory of places once traveled. 

My inspiration to paint is driven by a visceral response to the world around me.  The Irish landscape offers constant prompts to capture the play between light and shadow contrasted against dramatic skies, and rugged coastlines.  My goal is to capture the essence of this beauty and share it with you, both in traditional and abstract form while stimulating a sense of well-being and harmony.

Donna states the following, “The scope for the imagination to run wild is endless and something that I enjoy taking to whatever destination the journey dictates.  I like to work mainly in oils, manipulating its properties and create layers of rich texture.   I work on my painting until I feel it can tell its own story.”  Donna’s Website is

4th Place – Jennifer Priestley Hammer “Boudoir Cat”


Formerly trained as a commercial graphic designer at the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute and continuing in her field with more than 25 years of experience, Jennifer Hammer has maintained a hobby with photography and sketching on her personal time.

Jennifer uses the software program Photoshop as her digital canvas, She fuses graphic art into and onto her photography, creating unique painted pieces. Jennifer enjoys manipulating negative space by creating illusions on her artwork borders that edge the frame. Expressing and sharing her work with other people is a passion and one Jennifer hopes to continue on a more professional level as a developing artist.  Contact Jennifer at

5th Place – Patricia O’Brien – “Queen of Spades”


Patricia O’Brien’s contemporary oil paintings represent a study of the female form, created by manipulating the tools available to an artist. She experiments with a brush stroke, palette, and attention to detail. She integrates paper mosaic throughout a composition – on a face, clothing or surrounds, creating a unique result.

Her path from electrical engineer to self-taught artist has expanded her interest in experimentation. Her canvas work and wall murals continue to be featured in galleries such as Light, Space and Time, Maryland Federation of Art, Gallery 44, Unicorn Gallery, BSA Decorator Show Houses, TV and print media, and public and private commissions.  Her information can be found at her website,

6th Place – Sandy Scott – “Egret on a Shed”

Sandy Scott is a retired airline pilot and award-winning, often published nature photographer. Over 25 first place finishes in 2014 including one Best of Show in a seven division competition. Editor’s Choice and Staff favorite on Viewbug photography site, Editor’s Favorite, “Outdoor Photography” Magazine.

Published in “Popular Photography,” “Outdoor Photography,” “Inspire,” Kalends,” “Growing Bolder” magazine, “Tampa Bay Times” newspaper, and featured on the Growing Bolder TV program. To also be included in the book “Best Photography 2014” to be published in December 2014.

Sandy’s work will tour in two European exhibits in 2015 – “Wildlife of the World” in the UK and Olympic Photo Circuit in Greece.  Sandy’s Website is

7th Place – John Jaster – “Carousel Horse #1”

John Jaster was born in Columbus Ohio, and for the past 20 years has lived in the mountains of Southern California. Although John learned to draw and paint as a young boy, it wasn’t until 2010, when his wife encouraged him to start painting again, that he began to take his art career seriously. Since that time, John has been selected in a number of gallery shows and juried contests, including the National Oil & Acrylic Painter’s Society 2013 International Online Exhibition and 2014 Best in America show. John’s Carousel Horse #1 was featured in the June 2014 issue the Artist’s magazine Competition Spotlight.

Recently John has been living and working in Dayton Ohio. Many of the scenes of his recent paintings are taken from the woodland parks and scenic back roads in the area. John’s Website is

8th Place – Dale Ralph – “Looking for the Light III”


Although Dale has been taking photographs for over twenty years, it was only after she retired from an audit career in corporate America at the end of 2013, that she went into photography full time. After being exposed to the works of Brooke Shaden in early 2014, Dale realized that she could use composite techniques to create works that were totally her own. This realization ignited her passion for concept fine art photography, and she enjoys creating composite photos with a message.

Dale has always enjoyed philosophy and obtains many of her initial ideas from the writings of Emerson, Ernest Holmes, and others. Dale’s photos represent her personal experience with many of these philosophies. Dale’s Website is

9th Place – Patricia Bingham – “Fleeing Van Gogh”

Patricia Bingham enjoys working in all media. She has a restless mind and continually challenges herself by experimenting with new methods and ideas. She believes all art should be filtered through the mind and come out with the artist’s fingerprints all over it.

Patricia chose the field of psychology over art in a perverse fit of practicality, though she never worked in the field of psychology. She spent many years engaged with photography, both in the darkroom and out. She took up painting in order to get the pictures in her mind down on paper. Photography came up short in that. She finds painting magical, being able to take something as nebulous as a thought and make it visible.

Her work can be seen gracing Soundwall speakers, certain art supply catalogs, local venues and online galleries.  Her Website is

10th Place – Jeff Mize – “Better Days”

As a musician, Jeff Mize is well acquainted with what it’s like to be moved by a musical performance or expression. The only way to approach capturing that moment is in a recording.

Likewise, through the medium of photography, Jeff has enjoyed the artistic exercise of capturing a moment, memory or feeling and freezing it in time.

Jeff is a musician by vocation who has enjoyed a life-long love for photography. With a camera always within reach, Jeff enjoys an eclectic randomness to subject matter and style. This can be seen in his galleries online.

His hope is for some of the frozen moments in time he has collected along his journey, to bring a smile, warm memory or a touch of light to those who view his work. The images within this website are just some of those representations.