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‘Voodoo’ and ‘Flood of Emotions’ receive awards in Abstract April show


It is a great honor to receive recognition for my photography-based abstracts in the Abstract April show on display through April 30, 2022, at the Covered Bridge Art Gallery in Rockville, Indiana.

Judge Cheryl Harris, a professional designer, illustrator, fine artist and muralist from Covington, Indiana, awarded my ‘Voodoo’ First Place in the Photography (Digitally Enhanced) category and Best of Show!

(April 30 update: I was pleasantly surprised at the closing reception and awards ceremony to learn that “Voodoo” will have a new home with a Rockville art collector!)

I created my entry using a photograph I made of a sunrise over Kentucky Lake. It is a dye sublimation process on high gloss HD metal with a silver flush mount presentation.

In addition, my ‘Flood of Emotions’ received a Third Place in the same category. It is another one-of-a-kind creation using the same photograph of Kentucky Lake. It also is my first image I presented on textured metal and then had it float-mounted off a brushed aluminum background.

Rockville is in Parke County, Indiana, the Covered Bridge Capital of the World.

‘Pareidolia: Breaking the Surface’ takes Best of Show


On June 30, I was notified that I had received the greatest honor an artist can achieve as an associate member of Covered Bridge Art Association in Rockville, Parke County, Ind.

My entry for the July 2014 Associate Members Show,  “Pareidolia: Breaking the Surface,” in the 3D category, received First Place and Best of Show. It is on display in The Gallery on the square in Rockville through July 27. As the top winner, the CBAA awarded me a solo exhibition in August 2015!

Pareidolia: Breaking the Surface
Pareidolia: Breaking the Surface

I included this artist statement with my entry:

“The image was captured while I sat along the edge of Big Raccoon Creek in Mansfield, Ind.

I purposely chose the glossy finish of an aluminum panel to highlight the rich colors of stone and moss secreted just below the surface, and a frame of tempered glass with a glacier pattern to enhance the perception of water in motion. The base ­– sandstone cut from the Mansfield quarry – complements the rock in the creek bed.

Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon of seeing faces, figures, or animals in clouds, tree bark, wood grain, rock, marble, sand, smoke, shadows, water or any non-homogeneous area where they do not actually exist.

I did not know until I downloaded the image to my computer that I had captured, in camera, what I see as a perfect example of pareidolia breaking the surface.”

For those who may not see what I see in the image … the piece is subtitled “Dog Paddling Past Mansfield.” Now do you see what I see?

At this same show, my “Peach Bandits” image on watercolor giclee paper and framed in a tree bark textured frame, took Third Place in the Photography category.

Peach Bandits on Watercolor Giclee Paper
Peach Bandits on Watercolor Giclee Paper

I am blessed and sincerely thank the Covered Bridge Art Association for the opportunity to achieve this great honor … and in my first year as an associate member!!