I am pleased to announce that my miniature oil painting, "Dust On the Horizon" (actual size 4" x 6") was awarded 1st place in Historical or Mythical at the 2014 Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF) Show in Dunedin, Florida.
I also had four other paintings accepted into the show:
"Grandfather's Stories" 2" x 3" oil
"Grandmothers Beads" 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" oil
"Through Those Woods I Will Come" 4 x 5 oil
"Distant Dreams" 2 x 3 oil
Miniature Art Society of Florida
Many enthusiastic volunteers come together and work exceedingly hard to make this show the top miniature art show in the country. Artists from around the world submit work, with over 900 paintings. More information can be found at the website for MASF: http://www.miniatureartsocietyofflorida.com/show.html
It's quite an honor to be accepted into this show, and to win an award is an unbelievable privilege, accomplishment, and as an artist, it is so emotionally rewarding.
Miniature art is an exacting discipline, where all of the elements of a successful painting (design, color, drawing skill, anatomy, technique, storytelling and emotions) come together in a incredibly small space. There is something immediate and intimate about being drawn in to see the detail, the skill, and the character of each tiny painting. Although I've been painting professionally for many, many years, these past several years of focusing on miniatures has been fulfilling and fun.
I'd like to thank my collectors that love my work, the judges that show their approval with their awards and accolades, and of course Erik, Thelma & Louise, and my huge network of family, friends and co-workers who continually lift me up with encouraging words, love, and unending emotional support.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
I am pleased that two of my paintings were juried into the 2013 Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society (MPSGS) of Washington, DC. "Meadow Dreams" won an Award of Merit, and I am very excited that both paintings sold at the Collector's Preview on Saturday.
Oil, Award of Merit
I don't know why I love to paint furry, sleepy foals, but this is one of my very favorite paintings. I'm so happy it's gotten a loving new home!
2" x 3" oil
This young lady has such beautiful eyes, and such a soulful expression, what a delight it was to paint!
This is an outstanding show of miniature paintings, at a gorgeous venue. Thank you to all of the hard working individuals who make this show such a success! I wish I could have attended the opening weekend with fellow miniature artist friends. I hope they are having a fabulous time in our Capital City.
I am excited to share the big news that my miniature oil painting,
"A Woman's Touch"
Best of Show
at the 2013 Miniature Art Society of Florida
annual Miniature Art Show!
This painting was also selected to be added to the permanent collection of art owned and exhibited by the Miniature Art Society of Florida. This means it will be a permanent part of a select few paintings chosen to represent the best in contemporary miniature art. For a more comprehensive explaination of what miniature art is, please visit the MASF website (below).
The Florida MASF show is the largest juried show of traditional miniature art in the United States, with over 700 paintings from the best miniature artists in the world participating. This is a major milestone in my career as an artist!
Many thanks to Melanie and her staff for a wonderful show! The show will remain up until June 2, so there's still time to visit!
Many thanks, also, to Bev Abbott, the judge of the show and an accomplished miniature artist! It's always such a great feeling when an artist whom you admire selects a piece for special recognition. I loved this piece, and it was hard to part with. Below is Bev's Judge's statement about "Kindred Spirits":
"The show has been a joy to judge. There are many wonderful pieces to exclaim over. When judging a miniature painting or sculpture, besides the usual qualities of composition, etc., I look for detail and a refinement of technique and emotion. The piece should be able to be enlarged and still hold its quality.
"Kindred Spirits", oil by Luann Houser
This is a sensitive oil with excellent attention to detail, highlights and shadows. The color balance is harmonious. The reflected light on the man from his horse’s nose is smoothly painted to blend his expressive face into a wonderful whole. The emotion in tis painting is overwhelming and rarely portrayed this well." (Bev Abbott)
Here is a complete list of the winners...Congratulations to all!!:
First Place Carol Alleman, "Trillium" bronze, 6 x 3 inches.
Second Place Rachelle Siegrist, TN "Fine Art In Little" Opaque watercolor is 2 3/4" x 3
3/4"; frame: 5" x 6"
Linda Rossin, NJ "A Woman's Touch" Acrylic painting is 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"; frame: 5" x 5".
Best Of... Best Watercolor: "Resting
Prince" by Rebecca Latham, MN
Best Oil / Acrylic: "Kindred Spirits" by Luann Houser, IN
Best Graphic: "Reef Fish" by Viviane DeKosinsky, VA
Best Drawing: "Pair O' Jacks" by Pamela Wildermuth, CA
Metal: "Island Horses, Good Grass" by Cathy Kuzma, MT
Best Sculpture, Other: "Free at Last" by Nancy Lucks, VA
Best Mixed Media: "Sailing the Sun Down" by Patricia
Best Pastel Media: "Window Seat" by
Cheryl Hufnagel, WA
People's Choice Award: "Woman
with Pigeons" by Johannes Landman, Canada
I'm off to work horses before the heat of the day sets in, when I'll be behind my easel!
I am pleased to announce that my miniature oil painting, "Distant Dreams" is the 1st place winner at the Parklane Gallery Miniature Art Show in Kirkland, Washington. Follow this link to see this and other paintings at the show: http://www.parklanegallery.com/minigallery.html
"Distant Dreams"is a 2" X 3" miniature oil painting.
Thanks to the gallery for all of their hard work in putting together this lovely show. Congratulations to all of the winners, and special thanks to the judge of this year's show, Donna Leavitt.
As you can imagine, I'm still on cloud nine!
Also accepted into the show, my painting, "Serenity" (lowlands gorilla).