1st Place Mary Hawkins Edwards Award
“Heart’s Cove”, Pastel, 35 x 23, 2003
“What makes an art piece good enough to be accepted or to win an award in a show?
Above all else, the piece must ‘speak’ to me. I want to feel the artist’s passion for the subject and the art of creation. Beyond that, I examine the means the artist has used to express the point of view – color, design, format. And finally, I consider technique, occasionally preferring simplicity over complexity.”
– Nita Leland, Dayton, OH