Thirteen invited plein air artists from both coasts and several western states made a strong showing at the 16th Annual Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational during the week of March 7-11, 2022.
Juror Patty McGeeney of Del Mar, California, selected the top three winners and three honorable mentions:
Jim Wodark*, “Coyote Creek,” 8 x 16 in., oil (shown at top)
Robin Purcell, “Font’s Point,” 10 x 16 in., watercolor
Tim Horn, “Desert Patina,” 12 x 16 in., oil
Stock Schlueter, “Outside Borrego,” 10 x 12 in., oil
Margaret Larlham, “Some Like it Hot,” 12 x 16 in. pastel
Ryan Jensen, “Car Love,” 12 x 12 in., oil
When the participating artists voted for Body of Work the award went to Margi Lucena for her pastels. Lucena also won the Curator Emerita award for Best Pastel with “Coyote Canyon Creek.”
Also of note, Margaret Larlham’s “Golden Oldie,” (12 x 9 in., pastel) won the Quick Draw competition held at historic Old Borego.
And visitors to the exhibition on March 11 selected Natasha Isenhour’s “Siesta at the Hacienda” (8 x 16 in., oil) for People’s Choice.
The exhibition will hang at the Borrego Art Institute in Borrego Springs, California, through April 3, 2022.
*Jim Wodark is featured in the PaintTube.TV workshop “Composition for Painters.” In this powerful video, Jim proves that the answer to “What makes a good painting good?” is great composition.
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