Jane Hunt, “Q Road Sunset,” 2017, oil on canvas, 10 x 16 inches

Well-known painter Jane Hunt has had a busy and successful year — complete with a number of workshops, the Plein Air Convention, and several competition awards. The artist recently had some thoughts about maximizing a painting’s value, even after it’s left your possession.

Judged by Fine Art Connoisseur Editor-in-Chief Peter Trippi, the 2017 Door County Plein Air Festival proved to be an ideal setting for outdoor painters once again, including recognized artist Jane Hunt, who earned First Place for her magnetic painting “Q Road Sunset.” Adding the cherry on top was that after the awards ceremony, Hunt sold the painting to a happy collector. “That should have been in the end of it,” Hunt remarked, “but I decided to enter the painting into some online contests.

“I usually enter a couple of these contests each month, and generally I stick to more complex studio pieces. My gut was telling me to submit this quick little plein air piece, and it really paid off to listen! I think online contests are something for artists to strongly consider — a way to keep their more successful, sold paintings economically viable.” As it would turn out, Hunt’s “Q Road Sunset” later won the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Cloud Contest, was a Boldbrush Finalist, and took Best Nocturne in the PleinAir Salon’s Bi-Monthly (August/September 2017) competition.

In fact, perhaps this is a great time to mention that the PleinAir Salon’s October/November competition — judged by Scott Shields — is still open for entries! To learn more, visit the PleinAir Salon.

This article was featured in PleinAir Today, a weekly e-newsletter from PleinAir magazine. To start receiving PleinAir Today for free, click here.

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Andrew Webster
Andrew, who worked for Streamline Publishing as an editor and more, graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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