Introducing our 2023 Pet Portrait Winners!
Kids, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced categories judged by Andrew Cadima! Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who participated, helping us achieve one of our highest entry counts to date!
1st - $1,000 Cash
Yuki Pan - Acrylic
Why: The overall subject matter is wonderful, striking, humorous, relatable, adorable. The technique is strong. The surrounding environment is just as valuable to the painting as the central figure and crafted with equal thought and effort. The composition makes the shape of the panel both integral and almost disappear at the same time.
2nd - $750 Cash
MP Freed - Oil
Why: The overall painting is hilarious, creative, and well done. The expression of the bird fits the subject matter so well. Technically the painting is well executed (much like the family that lived in the house).
3rd - $500 Cash
Melissa Moore - Oil
Why: The cat is so well crafted and has a wonderful, mystical air about her. She has a strongly developed and unique character. I feel that at any moment this cat will begin to speak and send me on a quest.
Advanced Honorable Mentions:
Heather Thomas Olson - Oil
Tiffany Binkley - Oil
Alex Kupczyk - Acrylic
Zhongda Yang - Drawing/Dry Media
Sybiline - Mixed Media
1st - $500 Cash
Lauren Bednaroski - Oil
Why: I love the drama of the piece as a whole and I love the expression of the cat. I love how the potted victim is just falling out of frame.
2nd - $250 Cash
Britt Cole - Mixed Media
Why: I love the way they layered out the shapes of the panel. It creates such a wonderful framing for the beautiful and soft portrait. The expression of the dog is so sweet.
3rd - $150 Cash
Barclay Arnold - Watercolor
Why: The painting has a great style to it and I feel like I’m welcomed into the thoughts and world of the dog. Great use of the panel and a thought-provoking overall composition. Very well executed.
Intermediate Honorable Mentions:
Holly Garland - Acrylic
Jackson Kloog - Acrylic
Katie Vianello - Oil
Olga Bankston - Oil
Maddie Stansell - Mixed Media
1st - $250 Cash
Caitlin Tripp - Acrylic
Why: Lovely style and subject. Very well executed!
2nd - $150 Cash
Anastasia Eswar - Oil
Why: A great display of value control with a wonderful sense of depth achieved.
3rd - $100 Cash
Zihui Meng - Oil
Why: Excellent color and value. A sweet and engaging expression.
Beginner Honorable Mentions:
Elisabeth Lammert - Oil
Kate Shea - Acrylic
Angie Vanessa Guzman Diaz - Mixed Media
1st - Lindsey Zhang
Why: A very sweet painting with accurate drawing and a good sense of value from color. The expression on the dog is so cute and this painting makes me want to pet him.
2nd - Roy An
Why: A wonderful portrait. Well proportioned drawing, expressive mark marking, and great highlights.
3rd - Julie Gervais
Why: A very impressive ability to mix colors accurately.
Pro Team Picks:
All Pro Team pick winners get a free MIDZ brush set!
Kate Zambrano's Pick:
Katie Courser - Oil - Intermediate
Mab Graves' Pick:
Sara Paulson - Oil - Intermediate
Todd M. Casey's Picks:
Teresa Dendy - Acrylic - Beginner
Megan Geare - Acrylic - Intermediate
The Obanoth's Pick:
Jamie Morris - Oil - Intermediate
Kim VanderHoek's Picks:
Celeste Li - Oil - Beginner
Brianna MacMullin - Acrylic - Intermediate
Danica Sills' Picks:
Elizabeth Culkin - Mixed Media - Beginner
Caroline Tyler - Oil - Intermediate
Chelsea Leopold's Picks:
Randi Greenwood - Oil - Intermediate
Nick Eisele's Pick:
Valentin Lamotte - Oil - Intermediate
Stephanie Buscema's Picks:
Kristen Chrysler - Acrylic - Beginner
Ruby Morales - Oil - Intermediate
Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2022 Juried Pet Portrait Competition! We are overwhelmed and amazed with how many entries we received. We can't wait to do it again!