Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Ruo Li and Dean Mitchell Claim Top Honors in 2009 PaintAmerica Top100!
Ruo Li, of Arcadia, California has been chosen as the $7,500 Grand Prize Purchase Award Winner in the 2009 PaintAmerica Top100, for his seascape painting entitled "The Hopeful." Dean Mitchell of Tampa, Florida was named the $2,500 Grand Prize Purchase Award Winner in the Mini division for his watercolor portrait, "Buffalo Soldier."
This year's competition was juried by three nationally recognized artists - Jim Bruce, Deb Groesser, and Kaye Franklin. The two top awards were scored the highest among several hundred entries nationwide.
Ruo Li has had work accepted into previous PaintAmerica shows, including Region II Winner in the 2007 Paint the Parks show. Li has been living in California since coming to the US in 1989. He has won many top awards for his work, mostly depicting west coast seascapes.
Dean Mitchell is one of the top watercolor artists in the country. His work work has won hundreds of awards, including first prize at the T.H. Saunders International Artist and Watercolour Show in London, the Hubbard Art Award for Excellence, and the Gold Medal of Honor from the American Watercolor Society.