FIRST PLACE: New Orleans Conversation by Larry Spitzberg
Between bites of beignets, I snapped New Orleans characters. This group was a small part of a photo that I didn’t even notice till I got home. What were these two diverse people talking about? I had to paint them.
SECOND PLACE: Perfect Medicine by Maureen Lewis
I have wanted to paint this painting for many years and finally decided to tackle it. My mother spent the last two years of her life bedridden in a nursing home. During this difficult time, she cherished visits from family. This painting depicts the day that she met her great-granddaughter and namesake. For me, this painting is a celebration of family and a tribute to my mother. This was the first time I have tried to chronicle a family event in a painting. It was important to me to capture the fragility of my mother and the connection she felt for her great grandchild. I hope that viewers will feel that connection.
HONORABLE MENTION: Freckled Angel by Trish Poupard
It was truly an emotional roller coaster as I began this painting as a tribute to my brother’s stepdaughter who recently passed away from brain cancer at 9 years old. Focusing on the light emanating from her spirit kept me going. The rough part was painting her map of freckles as I imagined her mother’s heart breaking at the thought that she won’t be able to kiss those sweet little beauty marks ever again. Of course, my tears are speckled throughout her visage as well. The title is proven true, as she is surely now an angel in heaven.