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Contest Deadline - March 24, 2023

We invite fine artists working in all visual arts media that can be depicted on the printed page, to submit artwork in order to be considered for the Front Cover, Back Cover and First Artist presentations of the next two issues of Spotlight Magazine.

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Artists On Review

CFA Artist of the Year: Thomas W. Schaller

Treehouses Without Trees - Watercolor 24 x 18 in.

"Why we paint is far more important than how or even what we paint. It is always my aim to paint the expressive experience of my inspirations rather than any physical reality. My work is always a study in contrasts: light / dark, vertical / horizontal, warm / cool, the real / the imagined, and elements of the past, present, and future."

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Dot by Dot: Jingfeng Li

"The beauty of realistic pen-and-ink painting is that it uses just a black line to paint a rich and delicate picture. It presents a beauty of vicissitudes. I like the color of black, white and gray. Its deep, quiet yet noble quality profoundly attracts me."

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Art-chitecture: Marc Brousse

A Leaf for Eternity - Sculpture with burnt wood, stained glass, gold leafs 4 x 3.5 m

"The artist interweaves his architectural knowledge with the different modes of artistic expression; sculpture, drawing, video. In the continuity of the process of architectural and artistic design, the artist explores new medium to magnify and illustrate the intimate link between the Architecture of Man and Architecture of Nature."

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The Perfectionist: Herman Smorenburg

Dream Cat - Oil on canvas 50 x 40 cm

"I see my paintings as archetypical images, as universal 'icons' that are for the most part unhooked from the limitations of the spirit of the age and culture. They invite the onlooker to experience the psychic power with which the image is charged. This interactive effect of the spirituality of the imagination is the deepest motivation for my being an artist

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Lyrical Abstract: Mariclair Plante

The Messenger Bird - Gallery canvas 40 x 60 in.

"My work comes in 4 major series: Emotion, Energy, Perception, Cocooning. On a canvas coated with textural mediums, I paint in a state of being in suspension, freed from the interferences and constraints of everyday life, from which spring its "pictorial synchronicities."

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Collage: Bob Conge

An Egon Schiele Night - Mixed media 33 x 39 in.

“I am a sponge and everything in life influences who I am becoming and in turn my work. I am inspired by being. I make things in gratitude for this opportunity to be able to do so. It is so amazing to be alive.”

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Visual Idealism: Hari Lualhati

The Essence of Being Beautifully Broken

"I mostly use oil on canvas. The creative process starts with conceptualisation. Once I've visualized my idea, I start painting. More often than not I find myself lost in my art as I go with the flow of passion running through my paintbrush. "

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Historical Sculpture: Barry Davies

Saint David - Bronze 140 x 75 x 70 cm £45,000

"As a professional figurative bronze sculptor depicting historical figures in statuary, and beauty inherent in human and animal anatomy, I adopt a thoroughly researched approach achieving anatomical precision supported by mathematical applications bridging science and art. If nature provides mathematics inherent within anatomy then its for the sculptor to identify this and calculate it in his work."

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Portraits Revisited: Kathryn Bagwell

Pinball Girl - Oil and graphite on canvas 24 x 18 in. • Sold

"Synesthesia is something I have experienced firsthand, as I sometimes see colors when I play the piano. Interestingly, I find that I cannot listen to music that I have never heard before when I am working in my art studio. I tend to listen to the same music over and over, and currently have the Dave Brubeck quartet on repeat. I am grateful for this chapter in my life and the opportunity to connect with people through art.”

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Misheard Dialogs: Daukante

Grief Lunch - Markers on paper 100 x 70 cm

"I'm Daukante, an illustratress from Lithuania with a passion for quirky objects. Art schools that I have attended encourage conceptual thinking and experimentation, however studies led me to seek inspiration in the opposite direction. It's the casual everyday situations that I find most intriguing."

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Playful Surrealism: Lili Jiang

Fantasy series, Love of Nature -Oil on canvas 100 x 120 cm

"Art has become life-like, and the development potential of society makes it possible for people who have not engaged in art education to become artists. The key depends on whether they have the idea of participating in society and creativity."

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Equine Photography: Tori Gagne

Isadore Cruce - Photography on dye sub aluminum 16 x 24 in.

"The horse is a highly sensitive intuitive creature. My experiences with wild and domestic horses have had a longterm grip on my photography practice. I spend a good deal of my time photographing wild horses in the western states in order to advocate to keep their lives free on our public lands."

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Beauty will save us: Julia Hacker

Secret Garden 8 - Acrylic 76 x 60 in.

"Today art and my life are intertwined. My desire to learn how to live in the moment, how to be truly present, and search for awareness is a lifelong quest that I cherish. It is a state of consciousness when I feel appreciation and humbleness, and interconnectedness with the universe that I strive to express in the process of the evolution of my art."

Tenacious: Fang Xin

Civilization 2 - Bronze and stainless steel 32 x 32 x 59 cm €7,000

"I have been using virtual reality technology as a creative tool. I have created sculptures in virtual space, free from many restrictions of gravity, structure, temperature and humidity. Virtual reality allows me to create more freely, and through the cooperation of both hands, it still completes the process of manual creation. AI as a newly emerging technology, has made progress in terms of technology. But in terms of copyright and respect for the original author, it still needs to be improved."

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Mixed Media: Jean Pederson

Blink - Mixed media 40 x 40 in.

"It is my desire to employ different materials, scale and processes in my work and are the evidence of an artist always taking risks searching for that connection, that one "true" moment between myself, subject and you the viewer."

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Art & Science: Linda-Saskia Menczel

The Celestial Mechanics of Providence - Wood, glass, engraving, sound system, kinetic system 150 x 175 x 200 cm

"The Beautiful, the Good and the Noble are reflected by the artist in his creation, and from his creation, into the world. A sacred theme, interpreted with reverence, urges its creator to rise to the level of the message he expresses through his vocation."

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The Realist: Otto Schmidinger

Alpha - Oil on canvas 91 x 91 cm • Sold

"I started my art career at 16 as a retoucher and Illustrator, rendering hyper real images using the airbrush. In the 50 years of my freelance career, I learnt to use all mediums to achieve the client's required result. My first painting was hung in the salon des refusés of the Archibald Australia's major portrait prize. I started painting seriously after retiring from my advertising career."

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Unknown Topographies: John Ralston

Janoxeh - Paint, Gypsum Powder, Resin - 14"x18"x4" - $2300

"This work accelerates and embellishes natural forms of accumulation and erosion. While it could be said that they are emulating nature, specific methods and materials are used to disrupt the relationship between our earth-bound perception and evoke the true synthetic characteristics within each piece. Jarring color changes and manic tooling are employed to convey alien topography while the reflective surface disrupts the immediate association to scenery that we collectively understand."

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Intricacies: Massimiliano Pezzolini

Finestra in stile manuelino del convento di Tomar, in Portogallo - Watercolor on Pescia paper 35 x 50 cm

Pezzolini graduated in Scenography at the Brera Academy. He painted architectural sketches and miniatures in collaboration with Mondadori for the monthly magazines Bell’Italia and Bell’Europa, and has drawn sketches for Jean Paul Gautier, Versace, Escada, and Lacroix. Massimiliano Pezzolini's works are done with a wide range of media and techniques, but the protagonist is undoubtedly watercolor.

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Contemporary Women: Monika Furmana

On the Kurgan. Ukraine - Oil on canvas 210 x 165 cm €10,000

My creativity is attached to my everyday life to what I look us from a distance and question why people or generally humanity act in one or another way in certain situations which appears as a layers of creative subject matter during my painting process. I collect archive pictures of details and objects for my painting during all time I spend on a social media or in the real life. Those details become a part of my paintings and become some kind of diary and a proof of my existence.

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Life of Animals: Annik Janssens

The Sprinter - Pastel 40 x 50 cm

"All my life I have had a huge passion for animals and everything that has to do with nature. I strive to convert my passion for animals into realistic portraits where I try to approach the character of the animal as much as possible. I often draw endangered species and want to include a message."

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Pencil on Paper: William Charuhas

Christina and Teddy - Colored pencils 15 x 10 in.

"As a retired architect and retail design executive, I draw unconventional subjects in a representative style. My illustrations are 'snapshots' from unfinished or untold stories that peek into a fantasy world where anything is possible."

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Romantics: Elisabetta De Maria

La fille aux Fleurs - Pastel on on Pastelmat 30 x 40 cm

Born in Genoa, Elisabetta De Maria graduated in Piano in just 5 years with honors (10/10) at the Verdi Conservatory in Turin.She took courses in painting in Italy and Spain, and in 2019 in the Usa, she was awarded the CDA. Her works are made of intersecting pastel lines and layers of buttery mines that overlap to form faithful hiperrealistic portraits. Elisabetta's perfect transpositions of photos.

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In-Betweenness: Flo Dinis Klopries

The Desert In Me (2) - Oil and mixed media 100 x 140 cm

"My artwork has gradually developed from a personal form of figuration to Abstraction and Abstract Figuration, although I haven't abandoned figuration completely. Another important aspect of my work, is what I would call an immanent state of cultural and artistic "In-Betweenness" in part due to my biography."

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