PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - A Pensacola artist is the inaugural winner of a Naples art competition.
Quenby Tyler's acrylic painting, entitled "Love of Self" won her the Grand Prize in the first-ever "Heart Awards" art competition. Competitions will be held every month from now on, and variations in theme will occur.
Randall Jones, one of the competition's judges said, "As a person who makes a living being ‘creative,' I specialize in helping clients tell their stories through a variety of media. Due to the revolving themes each month, the Heart Awards will enable artists to share their visual stories with a very specific purpose in mind."
Tyler enrolled in a painting class on a whim and instantly found her passion and voice through art, according to a release from the competition's organizers.
When Hurricane Ivan destroyed her vintage clothing shop, she said she finally decided to make the leap into painting full time.
Working from live models, snapshots and vintage photos, Tyler's paintings often depict lively scenes from bygone eras.
Her portfolio of work can be found at Quenbyart.com
The theme of this year's competition was "Expressing Love Through Art" and entries came from both national and international artists. In addition to the Grand Prize winner, there were five gold, five silver and five bronze-level entries.
The next Heart Awards competition is titled "Patterns: from Nature and Manmade." Other planned themes include "Architecture", "Black and White", "Unexpected Inspiration" and more.
According to Heart Awards Founder Denise Wauters, "I started this competition because so many of my friends are artists and simply weren't receiving the marketing and promotional support they deserved. At the core of the Heart Awards is the desire to celebrate the extraordinary work of these talented individuals and provide them well-deserved additional exposure so their work can be enjoyed by a larger audience."
Gold Award winners
- William Andrews (facebook.com/williamandrewsart)
- Diane Brawarsky (dianebrawarsky.com)
- Melissa Falen (mfalenphotos.com)
- Karen Lee (photographybykarenlee.com)
- Gary Longordo (longordo.com)
Silver and Bronze Award winners
- Sally Brophy (sallybrophy.com)
- Beth Crosley (facebook.com/bethcrosleyart)
- Judith Fuchs ( creativeimagesbyjudi.com )
- alerie Ghoussaini (valerieghoussaini.com
- Bill Gleasner (gleasner.com)
- Diane Pike ( dianepike.com )
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