2016 AMERICAN ART AWARDS WINNING ARTISTS FOR CATEGORY 5. PASTELS / CHALK / CRAYONS / COLORED PENCIL – HUMAN FIGURE:
1ST PLACE: TITIKA FARAKLOU, GREECE, https://www.facebook.com/TitikaMariaFaraklou/, “The Summer Jason Was 14″ 20 x 28” Colored pencil.
2ND PLACE: SILVIA SCHMITT, GERMANY, www.Topenga-Art.com “The Farmer’s Daughter” 29.7 x 42cm Colored pencil on drawing board.
3RD PLACE: JOZI MESAROS, SERBIA, http://jozimesaros.webs.com, “Rade Sherbedgia” 19.7 x 20.9″ Pastel on paper.
4TH PLACE: TITIKA FARAKLOU, GREECE, https://www.facebook.com/TitikaMariaFaraklou/, “Born In The Land Of The Gods” 20 X 28″ Colored pencil.
5TH PLACE: JOZI MESAROS, SERBIA, http://jozimesaros.webs.com, “Sylvester Stallone” 15 x 16.5″ Pastel on paper.
6TH PLACE: MIHANGEL JONES, UK, www.mihangeljones.com, “Goldfish Love” 23 x 31” Pastel on paper.
Bio on 1st Place winner TITIKA FARAKLOU:
Titika Faraklou lives and works in the island of Kefalonia, Greece. She has studied Art in Athens and speaks 6 other languages (English, French, Italian, Spanish, German and Russian.)
Faraklou’s paintings have won numerous awards in exhibitions and art contests and have been published in books and art magazines. She is a member of IGOR (International Guild of Realism), CPSA (Colored Pencil Society of America), AUSCPA (Australian Society of Colored Pencil Artists) and UKCPS (United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society).
ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “Having been born on an island I have always been drawn to the sea. Many of my paintings have evolved around all things marine.
“I’m mostly obsessed with the transparency of the shallow waters, the distorted patterns of pebbles and the reflections of light on the water surface. I’m mesmerized by the way the bright sun plays with the waves causing endless reflections and refractions on the floor of the sea. It’s a challenge and a delight to capture the patterns and shimmering movements before they disappear.
“I am also fascinated by the interplay between light and water. I am driven by an urge to express how I feel about the world and find that painting the sea and water holds infinite visual potential. I find the sparkle of light on water hypnotic and love the way that through my painting I can express a range of different moods.”
HollywoodAlert, “Titika, What are your immediate goals?”
Titika, “My future plan is to prepare my 5th solo show in the next 1-2 years, look for gallery representation and paint like there’s no tomorrow!”
SEE MORE OF TITIKA FARAKLOU’S WORK HERE: https://www.facebook.com/TitikaMariaFaraklou/
Artists can enter art for the 2017 contest here: www.AmericanArtAwards.com