Highlight Hollywood reveals daily the results of the 50 categories of winning artists in the American Art Awards, decided by the 25 Best Galleries In The Nation. In a series of articles expanding into October, we will showcase the 1st to 6th Place winning images, one category at a time. Please check in regularly to see brilliant paintings, photography, digital images and sculpture in genres from portrait to floral to impressionism, realism, landscape, innovative, cubism, self-portrait…
This year the online contest had submissions from 35 countries including Aruba, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, UK, United Arab Emirates and USA.
I interviewed president of www.AmericanArtAwards.com, Thom Bierdz (famous for his BLUE X paintings), and asked which artists this year won the WATERCOLOR – HUMAN FIGURE category.
Bierdz explained, “Color seemed to impress the judges this year in our Category 3. Svetlana Novikova’s colorful young woman captivated the galleries receiving the highest overall score, and Masako N. Hughes placed 2nd and 6th with vibrant portraiture.”
6th MASAKO N. HUGHES USA www.studiomako.us “Disappointed” 15 x 22” Watercolor.
ARTIST STATEMENT FROM 1st Place WINNER, SVETLANA NOVIKOVA:
I’ve always been passionate for vibrant colors, textures, and dynamic compositions. I love expressing what I feel. My goal is to create one of a kind, exclusive original pieces that have personal emotional impact, whether it’s a landscape, figurative, equine, custom image, animal, floral paintings or other type of artwork.Born and raised in Moscow, Russia, I was introduced to fine art at an early age, and always loved creating. I came to US by myself in my late teens to pursue education as part of the exchange program. I didn’t speak English, didn’t know anyone here, was not familiar with the American way of life, and only had $500 in my pocket. Despite all the challenges, it was an exciting adventure and also a great school of hard knocks. I graduated from University of Maine with two Bachelor degrees, later married, and now reside in Austin, TX with my family.
I began developing my colorful style of painting when still a student, influenced by Russian and European impressionism.My artwork has been featured in several publications and magazines, and it can be found in thousands of private collections worldwide, public displays, such as in Texas Governor’s mansion, Mariinksy State Theater’s production in Saint Petersburg, Russian, University of Maine permanent art collection, corporate and professional offices…
I am available for commissioned paintings and portraits, workshops, design and illustrations.
BEST GALLERY IN TENNESSEE — Stanford Fine Art: “…the premier purveyor of historical, Impressionistic and regional art in the Southeast. For over 25 years… Nashville’s premier art gallery… works… from the 19th century to the present… exemplary aesthetic standards, museum quality…”
BEST GALLERY IN FLORIDA — Art Fusion Galleries: “Established in 2001… represents over 900… known as the preeminent gallery in Miami for integrating the best of Emerging to Mid-Career Contemporary artists… 8,000 square feet… in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood Art District…”