By the Fireside won 3rd place in the PleinAir Salon, a bi-monthly competiton hosted by PleinAir Magazine. The painting was judged by artist Jill Carver and placed in the September/October 2011 competition, and will be eligible for the PleinAir Salon Annual Competition.
By the Fireside was also selected as Finalist in the Raymar Art 5th Annual Fine Art Competition, 2011 International
"The freshness of this painting is striking, with its exciting color and confident brushwork. The angled figure is so well painted that I actually feel the weight of the man relaxing in his chair. Don't miss the angle of the pillow emphasizing this—it is the inclusion of just such a detail that so perfectly defines this moment—the mood, the place, the time."
-Competition Judge Kate Palmer
Elected Signature Member, Oil Painters of America.