So it is now official! The finalists of this year’s ARC “International Salon” have been announced & posted on the ARC site and I am beyond thrilled to say that my name is among them. My painting “Conner on Summer Break” was chosen as a finalist in the very competitive figurative category. I first got word of its selection at the annual Portrait Society of America’s conference in Philly in May (more about that to come) when artists that I know and admire kept congratulating me for the honor of having been selected. It was both a very surreal and humbling experience. To have my name included among so many of my “art heroes” is still hard to wrap my head around but I am so very grateful it happened. To be sure it has done one thing above all else–it has given me a burning desire to paint, paint, paint & push myself harder. And that to me is the greatest gift and the most unexpected.
To view my painting and those of the other artists selected as finalists in the figurative category click here. http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/salon_winners.php?contest=2011-2012%20Salon&page=Figurative