I would like to thank the Oil Painters of America for inviting me to be this year’s Juror of Awards. My wife Mona and I had a wonderful time meeting so many OPA members, while in Missoula. Also, special thanks to gallery owners Dudley Dana and his wife, Candace, for their gracious hospitality.
The exhibition itself was excellent and I was very impressed by the high quality. I was actually disappointed to have run out of awards because there were several paintings worthy of special recognition.
Most of what I look for in an painting is academic: drawing, composition, edges, color and color temperature. When I see a painting that has all of these elements and has passion and excites the viewer, that’s when I know it deserves an award. I find that through this process, I am learning from the artists as well – and when I see a great piece I am eager to take a closer look.
I am very proud of my affiliation with OPA, and was extremely proud of all of the artist in the show. Everyone did an outstanding job of representing our profession to collectors and the art community.
Ramon Kelly OPAM