PleinAir Salon Show Stoppers: January 2021

Diane Waterhouse, owner of Waterhouse Gallery, has revealed her selections for the winners in the PleinAir Salon monthly art competition.

Congratulations to the winners of the January 2021 PleinAir Salon!

First place will receive a cash prize, plus all winners will be entered into the judging for the annual cash prizes, including the $15,000 grand prize for the best painting of the year, and they’ll see their painting on the cover of PleinAir Magazine. The annual winners will be announced on stage at the next Plein Air Convention. Could you be the next winner?

1st Place Overall: “Morning Theatre” by Matthew Ryder

Plein Air Salon winner "Morning Theatre" (oil, 35 x 47 in.) by Matthew Ryder
“Morning Theatre” (oil, 35 x 47 in.) by Matthew Ryder

“The first place winner’s oil painting is dramatic and the scale of it is impressive,” said Waterhouse, adding, “The perspective amazing. Powerful.”

2nd Place Overall: “Pacific Cliffs” by Michele Usibelli

"Pacific Cliffs" (oil, 16 x 20 in.) by Michele Usibelli
“Pacific Cliffs” (oil, 16 x 20 in.) by Michele Usibelli

“I love the combined subject matter of this painting,” Waterhouse said. “Impressionistic, a romantic soft sky, two figures walking along and the movement of the water with the lovely light and afternoon shadows.”

3rd Place Overall: “Saddle Peak in December” by Aaron Schuerr

"Saddle Peak in December" (oil, 20 x 24 in.) by Aaron Schuerr
“Saddle Peak in December” (oil, 20 x 24 in.) by Aaron Schuerr

“With this painting I feel the cold temperature of this high mountain range, the crispness of the air,” Waterhouse said. “I can see the clouds moving by and the warmth of the sun on the snow.”

Best Plein Air: “1332 Santa Barbara Street” by Rick J. Delanty

Plein Air Salon winner "1332 Santa Barbara Street" (oil, 24 x 30 in.) by Rick J. Delanty
“1332 Santa Barbara Street” (oil, 24 x 30 in.) by Rick J. Delanty

“I love the shadows, the mood it brings with the afternoon light, combined with the architectural touches, the red canopy and beautiful palms,” Waterhouse said.

“I encourage all artists to participate in this wonderful online venue,” she added. “Open to everyone, the exhibition showcases so much talent and creativity.”

The rest of the PleinAir Salon winners will be published soon at
Note: Judges are not provided with contestant names.

The next round of the PleinAir Salon has begun so hurry, as this competition ends soon. Enter your best art in the PleinAir Salon here.

About the PleinAir Salon:

PleinAir magazine presents the annual PleinAir Salon Art Competition. In the spirit of the French Salon created by the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, this annual competition, with monthly cycles leading to annual Salon Grand Prize winners, is designed to stimulate artistic growth through competition. The competition rewards artists with $30,000 in cash prizes and exposure of their work, with the winning painting featured on the cover of PleinAir magazine.

It is our belief that cash prizes provide further inspiration and an avenue for artists to thrive and create new work by helping alleviate financial pressure.

Winners in each monthly competition may receive recognition and exposure through PleinAir magazine’s print magazine, e-newsletter, and social media. Winners of each monthly competition will also be entered into the annual competition.


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