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May 2011 Best of Show
Award Sponsor: RayMar Art

Fur - Portrait of Donald Becker
by Luiz Vilela
Oil 14 x 11

Entered in: 5th Annual Competition Month #8 - May 2011

Judge's Comments: Dramatic with its strong lights emerging from the dark, this portrait in profile is both refreshingly original and brilliantly painted. It's a masterful rendition of what's not shown as well as what is I feel I can see into the eye that is merely suggested in the cool shadows. I especially love the variety of paint handling, from the loosely laid-in blues and golds of the tunic to the delicate brush work of the hat and face. Emotion lies in the way light is played over the various surfaces fur, hair, face and fabric - each one handled differently. - Kate Palmer