Raymar Art Painting Competition 2011-2012 6th Annual Competition Winners
I accepted Cathy Dietrich's offer to do the final judging for this 2011-2012 Raymar Art Competition / Exhibition, not fully understanding what it was really going to require of me! I had no idea that I would be looking at and judging such a high level of skilled artists and art. This has got to be some of the finest work produced world-wide. Looking at these beautiful images, I felt that it was an almost impossible task.
I viewed and studied the 144 paintings three or four times in its entirety, and then I viewed my "final cut" of nearly 40 paintings many times. Subjectivity always enters the realm even though one tries to be as objective as he can.
To keep from going crazy, I had to immediately become a decision maker. As I've found with judging national exhibitions of such a high caliber, I have to go with my first impressions, and that's just the person that you are in those particular moments. It's just who we are! If you string out the process, you'll end up having the 12 finalists all having reasons for being best of show, or 2nd, or 3rd place. If I viewed this exhibition on a different day, honestly, I'm sure there would be different results because of the experiences of that particular day. That is the reality of things. Every painting in the final 12 that were awarded winners based on my decisions were of the highest art level. There were many, many other paintings out of the 144 that could rival these in some facets. In fact, there were 38 paintings that made my final cut and I wish I could have given those paintings honorable mentions. This is the way it always goes when I judge. I feel badly that I can't include those paintings with these 12. Nevertheless, Raymar stops at "12" finalists. I may or may not have made 12 people happy, but I'm very concerned about the feelings of all the other people that were deserving and that didn't receive an award, at least an honorable mention.
Just to make the list of the 144 is quite an accomplishment and honor when I'm sure there were thousands entered over the year process.
This was a tremendous body of work, and it is a humbling position to pass judgment. I am hugely honored to be involved in the Raymar Art Competition as the final juror! Thank you Cathy and Emily, for asking me and thank you for offering such a fine competition. I now have fully realized the responsibility it takes to do this job!