Kathy Falla Howard (Scottsdale, AZ),
Kathy Falla Howard (Scottsdale, AZ), "Eventide," pastel, 11 x 14 in.

Congratulations to Kathy Falla Howard, whose pastel painting “Eventide” has been recognized in the December 2023 PleinAir Salon, “Artist Over 65 Honorable Mention.”

“I was smitten by the dramatic beauty and mystery of the Sonoran desert the minute I arrived, even as a young child, I knew I was somewhere special,” Kathy says in her Artist Statement. “[My art journey] was born out of a desire to capture the beauty before me, especially with the immersive experience of plein air painting.

“More important than my academic training, I feel fortunate to have learned so much from some of the best artists and teachers in the country including Lorenzo Chavez, Kim Lordier, Jill Carver, Skip Whitcomb, Eric Merrell, and Matt Smith. Through these teachers I have discovered a true connection to the beauty of the landscape through plein air painting, or simply, painting outside, the thrill of capturing the light and consuming the beauty before me.

“To me, handling the pure pigment of pastels is fascinating and beautiful, offering the ability for delicate glazing creating a vibration of color not possible with other mediums.”

About the PleinAir Salon:

In the spirit of the French Salon created by the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, this annual online art competition, with 11 monthly cycles, leading to the annual Salon Grand Prize winners, is designed to stimulate artistic growth through competition. The competition rewards artists with $50,000 in cash prizes and exposure of their work, with the winning painting featured on the cover of PleinAir® Magazine.

Winners in each monthly competition may receive recognition and exposure through PleinAir Magazine’s print magazine, e-newsletters, websites, and social media. Winners of each competition will also be entered into the annual competition. The Annual Awards will be presented live at the next Plein Air Convention & Expo.

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

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