by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
Jan Oxendale’s rendition of a creek in late winter earned Best of Show at the 2012 ArtSoup juried competition last Saturday.
Oxendale, a substitute teacher and professional artist, won with her oil painting “Sand Creek After the Snow,” a scene she spotted near her home in Coon Rapids.
“I went out to paint after the last snowfall this spring, when the temperature was in the forties,” she told the Star News. ”It was a beautiful sunny day. I did a smaller painting in the open air and used as a resource for the large painting.”
Oxendale said that her passion for painting landscapes and wildlife started during camping trips with her family while growing up in Minnesota. She studied under a professional wildlife artist and took other classes and workshops.
“After a span of many years working in an unrelated field and raising a family, I’m now painting more than ever,” said Oxendale, on her web site. “Painting engages and relaxes me, and often my subject is places that offer a sense of serenity.”
She describes her style as “representationalism with a touch of romanticism.”
Oxendale joined Elk River Area Arts Alliance this year. She participated in ArtSoup twice previously by having a booth there.
Awards of Excellence went to Mark Haglund of Zimmerman for “Threshing Machine” (oil) and to Tim Traefald of Brooklyn Park for “Memorial Day” (photography).”
Awards of Merit went to Donn Granros (oil), Bill Kobe (clay, raku fired), and Lisa Tetzlaff (photography).
Honorable mentions went to Linda Croteau (oil), Roxanne Current (oil), Melodye Eisle (watercolor), Nancy Gongoll (oil), Carol Hendrickson (oil), and Joan Ruprecht (oil).