Michael Situ

Michael Situ is a nationally recognized artist in the United States. An award winning artist, he is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America, California Art Club, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and American Impressionist Society. He is a contemporary artist of the California impressionism style. He is known for his vivid, luminous and richly colored landscapes of the coast and various scenes that capture his imagination. Powerful composition, strong brushwork, a gorgeous sense of color all come together in perfect harmony, marking him is a master of plein air painter. At an early age he begin to interest drawing and painting, growing up in China where he completed his art education at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art, Situ developed a deep appreciation for nature and a passion for art. Michael arrived in the America in 1989 and now lives in Southern California. He is a full time professional whose artwork has been exhibited in numerous prestigious national museums, major plein air competition, national juried exhibitions such as the Arts for the Parks Top 100 International Competition, the Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition, the American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition, the California Art Club’s Golden Medal National Juried Exhibition, the Masters of Fine Art Salon International Juried Exhibition. He has been juried in The Festival of Arts-California’s premier fine art show in Laguna Beach for over 15 year. Various national and international art publications such as Tianjin People’s Fine Art Publishing House of China published his art book “The Overseas Oil Painter of China-The Oil Painting of Michael Situ”. International Artist magazine have 12 page featured his article and paintings in February/March 2006 and Art of the West, American Art Collector, Southwest Art, Plein Air magazine have highlighted and featured Michael Situ and his artwork. His paintings are collected at the museum and numerous private collections throughout the United States, China and internationally. Michael has been received of numerous prestigious national awards including “First Place” Award at Carmel Art Festival 2017. “Seascape Award for Excellence”-the Oil Painters of America 23rd Annual National Juried Exhibition 2014. “American Art Collector Award of Excellence”-American Impressionist Society 13rd Annual National Juried Exhibition 2012. “First Place” Award at Carmel Art Festival 2012. “Best of painting”-La Quinta Art Festival 2011. “People' Choice Award”- San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival 2010. “First Place Quick Draw” at the San Clemente Plein Air Painting Competition 2010, "Artist Choice Award" at the Carmel Art Festival 2009. “First Place” at Huntington Beach Art Center Plein Air Festival 2007. “First Place” at the San Clemente Plein Air Painting Competition 2007, "Artist Choice Award" at the Sonoma Plein Air 2004, “Museum Purchase Award” at the Maritime Museum Plein Air Paintings Festival 2002, “Best of Show” at the La Quinta Desert Plein Air Competition 2001 and many more. He is represented by Michael Situ Studio Gallery in Laguna Beach California.



Awards

"First Place" Award - 24th Annual Carmel Art Festival. May, 2017

"Honorable Mention" - 23th Annual Carmel Art Festival. May, 2016

Michael Situ Judge of Ward at the Plein Air Washington Artists Anuual Exhibition in Seattle. Nov, 2015

"Honorable Mention"- American Impressionist Society 16th Annual National Juried Exhibition. October, 2015

"The Padma Group Award" - 16th Annual Laguan Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational. October, 2014

"Festival of Arts Poster" - Festival of Arts Laguna Beach. July, 2014

"Seascape Award for Excellence" -the Oil Painters of America's 23rd Annual National Juried Exhibition.
June, 2014

"Honorable Mention" - 21th Annual Carmel Art Festival. May, 2014

"Award for Excellence" - Plein Air Master Invitational Exhibition.Paso Robles.May, 2013

"Honorable Mention" - 20th Annual Carmel Art Festival. May, 2013

"American Art Collector award of excellence"- American Impressionist Society 13th Annual National Juried Exhibition. November, 2012

"Honorable Mention" - 2nd Annual Plein Air Salon Competition. Sep/Oct, 2012

"First Place" Award - 19th Annual Carmel Art Festival. May, 2012

"Honorable Mention" - the Masters of Fine Art Salon Internationa Juried Exhibition April, 2012

"Finalist" - 1st Annual Plein Air Salon Competition. January, 2012

"Best Representation of Laguna Canyon" - 13th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational. October, 2011

"Honorable Mention" - 10th Annual San Clemente Plein Air Painting Competition. June, 2011

"Honorable Mention" - 18th Annual Carmel Art Festival. May, 2011

"Best of Painting"- La Quinta Art Festival-La Quinta Art Foundation. March, 2011

"Award of Merit"- American Impressionist Society 11th Annual National Juried Exhibition. October,2010

"People' Choice Award"- 2010 San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival-SLO Museum of Art. October, 2010

"First Place Quick Draw"-9th Annual San Clemente Plein Air Painting Competition. June, 2010

"Third Place "-9th Annual San Clemente Plein Air Painting Competition. June, 2010

"Finalist" - RayMar's Annual Fine Art Competition. January, 2010

"Award for Excellence" - Just plein Fun. Debera Huse Gallery. August, 2009

"Honorable Mention" - 8th Annual San Clemente Plein Air Painting Competition. June, 2009

"Honorable Mention" - 8th Annual San Clemente Plein Air Painting Competition. June, 2009

"Artists Choice Award" - 16th Annual Carmel Art Festival. May, 2009

"Finalist" - RayMar's Third Annual Fine Art Competition. April, 2009

"Second Place" - Painting the California Landscape. SOCALPAPA. April, 2009

"Finalist" - International Artist Magazine landscapes Art Competition February, 2009

"Best of Show-The Edward H.Boseker,M.D.Award" - 10th Annual Laguan Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational. Laguna Art Museum. October, 2008

"Artists Choice Award" - Paints the Peninsula. Newport Harbor Nautical Museum. September, 2008

"Second Place Quick Draw" - Paints the Peninsula. Newport Harbor Nautical Museum. September, 2008

"4th Place Quick Draw" - 7th Annual San Clemente Plein Air Painting Competition. June, 2008

"Honorable Mention" - 7th Annual San Clemente Plein Air Painting Competition. June, 2008

"Award for Excellence" -the Oil Painters of America's 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition. May, 2008

"Second Place" - Raymarart Second Annual Fine Art Competition. December, 2007

"First Place" - Plein Air Festival 2007. Huntington Beach Art Center September, 2007

"First Place" - 6th Annual San Clemente Plein Air Painting Competition. June, 2007

"Honorable Mention" - 6th Annual San Clemente Plein Air Painting Competition. June, 2007

"Honorable Mention" - 14th Annual Carmel Art Festival. May, 2007

"Special Award" - 3rd Annual The Best of Plein Air. Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. March, 2007

"First Honorable Mention" - Plein Air Festival 2006. Huntington Beach Art Center 2006

"Jury's Top Fifty" - the Masters of Fine Art Salon Internationa Juried Exhibition 2006

"Award for Excellence" -the Oil Painters of America's 15th Annual National Juried Exhibition 2006

"Finalist" - RayMar's First Annual Fine Art Competition 2006

"Third Place" -2nd Annual The Best of Plein Air. Laguna Plein Air Painters Association 2006

"Poster Artist" -Sonoma Plein Air. Sonoma Plein Air Foundation 2005.

"Artist's Choice Award" -Sonoma Plein Air 2004. Sonoma Plein Air Foundation 2004.

"SouthwestArt & Plein Air Magazine Award" - Sonoma Plein Air Foundation 2004.

" Award for Excellence. Mini 100 & Top 200 Paintings". Arts for the Parks International Competition 2004

"Honorable Mention" - Bowers Museum. 8th Annual Plein Air Sights of Southern California 2004

" Award for Excellence. Top 100 & Mini 50 Paintings". Arts for the Parks International Competition 2003

"Third Place" - California Art Club 9th Annual Mission San Juan Capistrano Competition & Exhibition 2003

"Jury's Top Fifty" - the Masters of Fine Art Salon Internationa Juried Exhibition 2002

"Poster Artist" - California Art Club Paintings of The Old Mill II Competition 2002

"Third Place" - Bowers Museum. 6th Annual Plein Air Sights of Santa Ana 2002

" Award for Excellence. Top 100 & Top 200 Paintings". Arts for the Parks International Competition 2002

"Maritime Museum Purchase Award" - Maritime Museum.2nd Maurice Braun Memorial Plein Air Paintings
Festival 2002

"Recognition Award" - Orange Art Association 2002

"Merchandise Award" - Orange Art Association 2002

" Award of Excellence" - La Quinta Desert Plein Air Competition La Quinta Art Foundation.2002

"Honorable Mention" - Bowers Museum. 5th Annual Plein Air Sights of Santa Ana 2001

"Honorable Mention" - 8th Annual Orange All Media Juried Fine Art Exhibition 2001

"Third Place" - Rancho Los Alamitos Plein Aire Competition 2001

"Recognition Award" - Orange Art Association 2001

"Best of Show" - La Quinta Desert Plein Air Competition.La Quinta Art Foundation. 2001

"Honorable Mention" - 7th Annual Orange All Media Juried Fine Art Exhibition 2000

"Merchandise Award" - Orange Art Association 2000



Museum Exhibitions

Autry Museum - Los Angeles, CA. "CAC 106 rd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition" April 9 - 30, 2017

Laguna Art Museum – Laguna Beach, CA. "2017 Art Auction” February 4, 2017

Autry Museum - Los Angeles, CA. "CAC 105 rd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition" April 2 - 24, 2016

Laguna Art Museum – Laguna Beach, CA. "2016 Art Auction” February 6, 2016

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art - Malibu, CA. "On Location in Malibu 2015" May 23 - August 2, 2015

USC Fisher Museum of Art - Los Angeles, CA. "CAC 104th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition" March 29 - April 19, 2015

Laguna Art Museum – Laguna Beach, CA. "2015 Art Auction” February 7, 2015

Santa Paula Art Museum - Santa Paula, CA. "CAC Quintessential California" June 28 - November 2, 2014

Carnegin Art Museum - Oxnard, CA. "CAC Empathy Beauty in 21st century" June 8 - August 17, 2014

Irvine Museum - Irvine, CA. "Then and Now: 100 years Plein air painting" May 17 - October 2, 2014

Autry Museum - Los Angeles, CA. "CAC 103 rd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition" March 30 - April 20, 2014

Laguna Art Museum – Laguna Beach, CA. "2014 Art Auction” February, 2014

USC Fisher Museum of Art- Los Angeles, CA "CAC 102 rd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition" June 2-23, 2013

Laguna Art Museum – Laguna Beach, CA. "2013 Art Auction” February, 2013

Laguna Art Museum – Laguna Beach, CA "The 14th Annual Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitation” October 14-21, 2012

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art - Malibu, CA. "On Location in Malibu 2012" May 19 - JAugust 4, 2012

Autry Museum - Los Angeles, CA "CAC 101 rd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition" April 1-22, 2012

Laguna Art Museum – Laguna Beach, CA "The 13th Annual Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitation” October 9-16, 2011

Oceanside Museum of Art-Oceanside, CA “Gold Coast: Painting of Southern California” April 30- June12, 2011

Pasadena Museum of California Art - Pasadena, CA "CAC 100 rd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition" April 3-24, 2011

Carnegic Art museum-Oxnard, CA “A Luminous Land” March 13-May22, 2011

Laguna Art Museum – Laguna Beach, CA “Masterstrokes-Selection from LPAPA signature Member” Oct 31-Jan 23, 2011

Laguna Art Museum – Laguna Beach, CA "The 12th Annual Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitation” October 10-17, 2010

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art- SLO, CA “SLO Plein Air Painting festival” September 27-Oct 3, 2010

C.M.Russell Museum – Great Falls, Montana “Master in Miniature” September 11-2010

Pasadena Museum of California Art - Pasadena, CA "CAC 99 rd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition" June 13 - July 3, 2010

C.M.Russell Museum – Great Falls, Montana “C.M Russell Auction” March 17-20, 2010

Laguna Art Museum-Laguna Beach, CA."The 11th Annual Laguna Beach Pleir Air Painting Invitatio" October 11-18, 2009

Long Beach Museum - Long Beach, CA. " Art Auction XIII" September 20, 2009

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art - Malibu, CA. "On Location in Malibu 2009" May 23 - JAugust 9, 2009

Pasadena Museum of California Art - Pasadena, CA. " 98th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition CAC" April 26 - May 17, 2009

C.M.Russell Museum - Great Falls, Montana. "C.M.Russell Auction" March 18-21, 2009

Laguna Art Museum - Laguna Beach, CA. "Auction 100" February 28, 2009

Laguna Art Museum - Laguna Beach, CA. "The 10th Annual Laguna Beach Pleir Air Painting Invitatio" October 17-19, 2008

Newport Harbor Nautical Museum - Newport Beach, CA. "Paints the Peninsula". September 7- 14, 2008

Pasadena Museum of California Art - Pasadena, CA. " 97 rd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition CAC" April 27 - May 18, 2008

Laguna Art Museum - Laguna Beach, CA. "The 9th Annual Laguna Beach Pleir Air Painting Invitatio" October 7-14, 2007

Pasadena Museum of California Art - Pasadena, CA. " 96 rd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition CAC" April 1 - May 20, 2007

C.M.Russell Museum - Great Falls, Montana. "C.M.Russell Auction" March 14 - 18, 2007

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art - Malibu, CA. "On Location in Malibu 2006" May 20 - July 16, 2006

Pasadena Museum of California Art - Pasadena, CA. " 95 rd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition CAC" April 2 - April 23, 2006

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - Arizona. "Plein Air 2005 " March 6 - 29, 2005

Pasadena Museum of California Art - Pasadena, CA. " 94 rd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition CAC" October 16,2004 -
January 9, 2005

Bower's Museum - Santa Ana, CA. "Sights of Southern California: A Plein Air Art Exhibition" September 11-12, 2004

Pasadena Museum of California Art - Pasadena, CA. " 93rd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition CAC" October 12 -
November 2, 2003

Bower's Museum - Santa Ana, CA. "Sights of Southern California: A Plein Air Art Exhibition" September 27 -28, 2003

Soldiers'Barracks Museum - San Juan Capistrano,CA. "2003 Art Competition Winners and Selection Exhibition"August 18-
September -7, 2003

Pasadena Museum of California Art - Pasadena, CA. "Capture Pasadena and the San Gabriels" June 7, 2003

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art - Malibu, CA.. "On Location in Malibu 2003" May 24 - August 3, 2003

Bowers Museum - Santa Ana, CA. "6th Annual Plein Air Sights of Santa Ana"September 23-29-2002

Historical Museum - Pasadena, CA. "92nd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition CAC" June 29-August 25 ,2002

Maritime Museum - San Diego, CA. "2nd Maurice Braun Memorial Plein Air Paintings Festival" May 11- 18-2002

Tucson Museum of Art - Tucson, Arizona. "Best of the Friends of Western Art" April 5- May19-2002

Bowers Museum. Santa Ana - CA. "5th Annual Plein Air Sights of Santa Ana" September 24 - 30-2001

Springville Museum of Art - Springville, Utah. "West/Northwest Mountain Regional Juried Exhibition of
Traditional Oils" September 9 - October 28,2001

Soldiers'Barracks Museum -San Juan Capistrano,CA. "2001 Art Competition Winners and Selection Exhibition"August 20-
September -10, 2001

Historical Museum - Pasadena, CA. "91nd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition CAC" May 5-July 29 ,2001

Bowers Museum - Santa Ana, CA. "4th Annual Plein Air Sights of Santa Ana" September 18 - 24-2000


International & National Exhibitions

19th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational- Laguna Beach CA, October 7 - 15, 2017

OPA The 26rd Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils - Eisele Gallery of Fine Art Cincinnati, Ohio. May 12 - June 10, 2017

AIS Impressionssmall works National Juried Exhibition-Randy Higbee Gallery March11 - 25, 2017

Chinese and American Artist Plein Air Kaiping Exhibition- Kaiping Art Museum, Kaiping China. Nov 4 - 13, 2016

OPA Western Regional Juried Exhibition- Marshall Gallery Scottsdle, AZ. Nov 4 - 30, 2016

18th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational- Laguna Beach CA, October 7 - 16, 2016

AIS 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition-Howard/Mandville Gallery Sep29 - Oct30, 2016

AIS 16th Annual National Juried Exhibition-Trailside Gallery Oct 1-29, 2015

17th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational- Laguna Beach CA, October 17 - 25, 2015

Canton International Art and Collection fair- Guandzhou China Sep17 - 20, 2015

OPA The 24rd Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils - Cutter & Cutter Fine Art,Augustine, FL. April 29 - May 25, 2015

16th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational- Laguna Beach CA, October 12 - 19, 2014

AIS 15th Annual National Juried Exhibition- Abend Gallery Oct 2- Nov 1, 2014

OPA The 23rd Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils - The Bennington Center for the Arts,VT. June 7 - July 27, 2014

15th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational- Laguna Beach CA, October 13 - 20, 2013

AIS 14th Annual National Juried Exhibition-M Gallery of Fine Art Sep 28 - Oct 30, 2013

First Annual Salon Show of Oil oPainters of America National Juried Exhibition - Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey, MI June 21 - August 31, 2013

OPA The 22nd Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils - Insight Gallery, Fredercksburg, TX May 18 - June 17, 2013

Salon international 2013- A Juried Exhibition-International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art-Greenhouse
Gallery. San Antonio, Texas April 13-May 3, 2013

AIS 13th Annual National Juried Exhibition-Eckert & Ross Fine Art Nov 1- 30, 2012

2st annual Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art-Than Legacy Gallery April 20-May20, 2012

Salon international 2012- A Juried Exhibition-International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art-Greenhouse
Gallery. San Antonio, Texas April 14-May 4, 2012

1st annual Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art-Than Legacy Gallery April 21-May21, 2011

Salon international 2011- A Juried Exhibition-International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art-Greenhouse
Gallery. San Antonio, Texas April 2-30, 2011

AIS 11th Annual National Exhibition-Richland Fine Art Oct 7-Nov 3, 2010

Salon international 2010- A Juried Exhibition-International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art-Greenhouse
Gallery. San Antonio, Texas April 10-30, 2010

Salon international 2009 - A Juried Exhibition-International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art-Greenhouse
Gallery. San Antonio, Texas April 11 -May 1, 2009

OPA The 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils - Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT May 2 - June 14, 2008

Salon international 2008 - A Juried Exhibition-International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art-Greenhouse
Gallery. San Antonio, Texas April 12 -May 2, 2008

Small works North America Exhibition-The Greenwich Workshop Gallery .
Fairfield, CT November24 -December 31, 2007

The society of Master Impressionists International Exhibition-Sunset Art Gallery of Amarillo. Amarillo, Texas June 2 -July 21, 2007

Salon international 2007 - A Juried Exhibition-International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art-Greenhouse
Gallery. San Antonio, Texas May 20 -June 20, 2007

Salon international 2006 - A Juried Exhibition-International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art-Greenhouse
Gallery. San Antonio, Texas May 20 -June 16, 2006

OPA The 15th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils - Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT May 5 - June 13, 2006

Arts for the Parks Top 100, Miniature 100 - International Competition & Exhibition National Park Academy Jackson Hole,
WY September 18 2004 - October 2005

OPA The 13th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils - Howard/Mandvill Gallery, Kirkland, WA May 20 -
June 20, 2004

Salon international 2004 - A Juried Exhibition-International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art. Greenhouse
Gallery. San Antonio, Texas May 1-21, 2004

Arts for the Parks Top 100, Miniature 50 - International Competition & Exhibition National Park Academy Jackson Hole,
WY September 20 2003 - October 2004

Salon international 2003 - A Juried Exhibition-International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art. Greenhouse
Gallery. San Antonio,Texas May 3-23, 2003

Arts For The Parks 100 - International Competition Exhibition-National Park Academy. Jackson Hole, WY
September 14, 2002-October 2003

OPA The 12th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils - Nichols Taos Fine Art Gallery, Taos New Mexico
May 3 - June 1, 2003

Salon international 2002 - A Juried Exhibition-International Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art.
Greenhouse Gallery. San Antonio,Texas May 4 -June 4, 2002

OPA The 11th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils - Hilligoss Galleries, Chicago, IL April 27 - May 24, 2002

OPA 10th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils - Zantman Art Gallery Palm Desert, CA April 7 - May 7, 2001



Selected Publications

"Natural Inspiration" Laguna Magazine. Sep, 2015

"Spotlight on Festival of Art Exhibitor" Art Catalogue by the Sea. July, 2013

"Artistry in the Land of Opportunity" PleinAir Magacine. March, 2013

"Best of America Oil Artists Vol II Book" Kennedy Pulishing. October, 2009

"June Lake"International Artist Magazine issue February/March 2009

"The Overseas Oil Painter of China-Oil painting of Michael Situ" Art book.Tainjin People's Fine Art
Publishing House of China. June 2008

"Strokes of Genius" The Orange County Register. June 2007

"Strokes of Genius" SC Sun Post News. June 2007

"Michael Situ Winner of San Clemente Plein Air Competition" SC Times. June 2007

"Michael Situ won First Place San Clemente Plein Air Competition" Chinese Daily News. June 2007

"Best of America Oil Artists Vol I Book" Kennedy Pulishing. May 2007

"Use the Color and light You See to Sharpen Your Landscape"International Artist Magazine
February/March 2006

"100 Way to Paint Seascapes, Rivers & Lakes" International Artist Magazine.October 2004

"100 Way to Paint Landscapes" International Artist Magazine.June 2004

" For the love of the Land" Art of the West Magazine. May/June 2004

" Painting the Canyon"Art of the West Magazine.November/December 2003

"The More,The Merrier-Canyon de Chelly trip" Art-Talk. November/December 2003

"Recent Award Winners" American Artist Magazine. November 2003

"On the Scene" Southwest Art Magazine. November 2003

"Mission San Juan Capistrano:AQuotable,As Well As Paintable Event" California Art Club Newsletter
December 2003

"On the Scene" Southwest Art Magazine. May 2001

"Landscapes From China to Sounthen California move Michael Situ to Paint" Irvine World News. April 2001

"Michael Situ won Best of Show at La Quinta" Chinese Daily News. February 2001

"Winners of the Plein Air Award" The Desert Sun. January 2001

"Art and About Santa Ana" Los Angeles Time. September 2000



Collections

Maritime museum, Kaiping art museum, Joan Irvine Smith - founder and president of Irvine museum and numerous private collections throughout the United States, China and internationally



Professional Organizations

Oil Painters of America - Signature member

California Art Club - Signature member

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association - Signature member

American Impressionist Society - Signature member









East NAPA Street 16x20 Oil on Canvas Panel

"Second Place" ($5,000) in the 2nd annual Raymarart yearlong national fine art competetion on December 20, 2007
Judge's Comments:"I very much like this composition. Excellent handing of paint, color and perspective." Month Judge - Laura Robb

Judge's Comments:"My eye goes straight into that shadow on the left side of the sidewalk, travels down the street and is brought back by the red building on the right, again and again I travel and with all there is to look at I don't tire of the trip. Well done!..." Final Judge - John Cosby







Newport Harbor 12x16 Oil on Canvas Panel

"Award Finalist" ($1,000) in Raymarart's 2008-2009 yearlong national fine art competition
Judge's Comments: "A robust composition constructed on a not too obvious one-point perspective format. The moored boats in the foreground definitely help keep the viewer's eye from making too rapid of an entry into the background and its prominent sailboat. This work is a good example of using the basic principles of perspective and balance between complex and simple areas to hold it all together." Month Judge - Ted Smuskiewicz

Judge's Comments:"The foreground with moored boats and dock are a nice lead in to the sail boat in the background. Values and color choices are well controlled and keep the sail the focal point. The brushwork is well handled as are the color choices. A nice example of impressionism. Bravo. Congratulations". Final Judge - Tom Browning





Catalina Island 18 x 24 Oil on Canvas

Finalist for Raymarart's 2010 yearlong national fine art competition
Judge's Comments: "This is a lot of confidence and skill in this painting. I love how each color is bright and full of pigment. Nothing comes off as muddy or dull. I also enjoy the way he looses and keeps his edges. This with color and composition lets the viewer sink into the painting and not get stuck on any one area for too long. Subjects guide and melt you into all zones. He also employes good separation of Lights and Darks". Judge - Amery Bohling


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