Montgomery Art Association

Creative Expressions 2020: Portraits

Works are shown alphabetically by artist's last name, and award winners in the category are marked. Please click on the artist's name to see their profile.



3rd place
Endurance

Oil on Canvas
21 x 27"

$695


This very old farmer still shows his enthusiasm for life.


A Brief Respite

Oil on Canvas

11 x 14"

$500

I was drawn to this older gentleman taking a break from his shopping. It is a reminder that at times we need a respite from what is going on around us.


Hippnotic

Oil on Canvas

16 x 16"

$400


While on safari in South Africa, I fell in love with the hippos. We'd watch them forever - hypnotized by their inactivity. While among the most dangerous animals in the world, you wouldn’t know it by their sluggish days staying cool in the water.


Honorable mention
Roscoe

Mixed Media on Wood

7 x 5"

$175

Roscoe was a free range rooster that roamed the streets of Takoma Park during the 1990s and was emblematic of the Takoma Park's free-spirited ambiance.



An Old Soul

Oil on Canvas Panel

15 x 18"

$150

During a Civil War re-enactment I captured (with permission) a photo of this African American Sargent. To me, he represented the unsung souls of that war.


Baby O Hangin Out 

Oil on Panel

14 x 17"

$225

Painted for the Conservation of Apes; a portion of the proceeds will be donated.



Honorable mention
Always Waiting

Oil on Canvas

18 x 24"

$500

I worry about my pets when leaving the house and picture them waiting in the dark. This puppy waits patiently in a sunbeam for someone to play.


Lobstermen

Oil on Canvas

16 x 10"

$700

Lobstermen showing off their days catch.


2nd place
Joren

Oil on Canvas

24 x 20"

$1000

My friend Joren as I saw him. Painted from direct observation during the heatwave of 2019


One World; Alone, Together

Watercolor

15 x 20"

$500

Covid-19 has brought the whole world together even though we are alone in our homes. But there is hope and we will triumph in the end.




Composed Companion

Multi Media

8 x 10"

$100

In memory of little fiesty Cressida, with traditionally feline curious, loving stare. She was an SPCA rescue with whom I shared almost 20 years.


Inside and Out

Oil on Canvas

19 x 23"

$300

This is a portrait of my pup. She is reaching out to her friends through the glass door to say hi.


You

Pastel on Toned Paper

9 x 12"

$400

This piece is about reminiscing of a past lover.


Sorceress

Acrylic on Canvas

16 x 20"

$250

The inspiration for this work came from my love of fantasy art and my desire to see black and brown people positively represented in the genre, particularly as brave and independent. Very few fantasy paintings contain such representations.


1st place
Girls III

Watercolor on Paper

19 x 15"

$400

Girls III is part of a series of watercolor paintings that deal with my exploration into humanity, animality, and gender; specifically attempting to understand my place within those worlds.


Summer Breeze

Oil on Wood

16 x 18"

$365

The sun kissing your face, the waves crashing, the salt water breeze touching your arms as you inhale fresh clean ocean air. All the simple pleasures at the beach.


Miguel of the Vamoose

Oil on Canvas

36 x 24"

$499

Leaving Manhattan on the Vamoose Bus, I was struck by the calm and expert efficiency of our bus driver Miguel who commanded a certain authority over the behemoth bus. He is another hard working and dedicated person who keeps our world moving.


Honorable mention
My Dear Grandmother

Watercolor

16 x 20"

$950

This is a portrait of my dear Grandmother, Sulochana, who lived in Chennai, India. We kept in touch by writing letters and deeply cherished receiving each other's mail.


Mystical Heron

Watercolor

11 x 12"

$60

The heron mystifies me with its regal beauty and focus. I welcome the artistic expression of that mystery.


Kenetta Torso

Color Pencil

11 x 14"

$90

Multiple strokes revealing or concealing the body.


Murmurs Between Species

Watercolor

15 x 22"

$700

As I live with 4 Hounds and communicate using minimal words with them. I painted this image to convey the same mysterious communication.


Fatou

Fabric and Oil on Canvas

24 x 36"

$600

My inspiration started by using leftover fabric from the many masks I've made during quarantine for health and service workers. The portrait is of a woman that cooked for a group of us dance and drum students visiting Guinea, West Africa, in 1991.


Anhinga

Acrylic on Glass

28 x 20"

$250

This bold Anhinga serves as a reminder of a romantic trip to the Everglades.


Jane's birthday

Mixed Media on Paper

21 x 15"

$275

I created this illustration as a tribute to Jane Goodall and a celebration of her birthday. Jane Goodall is my hero, for all the good she does for animals and the environment.


Nestled fox

Colored Pencil

11 x 14"

$250

This fox has snuggled around himself, peeking out cautiously, as though in an attitude of self-comfort.

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