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CCC Announces Au Naturel People’s Choice Award

Diana, by James McComas, wins Clatsop Community college Au Naturel People's Choice Award

James McComas
(Superior, CO, USA)
Diana, Oil on Linen, 24×18

Voters selected Jim McComas’ oil on linen piece entitled Diana for the People’s Choice Award in this year’s international juried show Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century, which was recently on display in the Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery.

 

All gallery visitors were invited to cast a vote for their favorite piece. Upon being notified that his painting Diana received the greatest number of votes, the artist responded, “I felt privileged simply to be juried into this year’s Au Naturel and I feel doubly so to have received the People’s Choice Award.”

 

This is not the first time that the artist has been selected to exhibit in the Au Naturel; he was also chosen to exhibit two of his paintings in the 2013 exhibit. In describing what he calls “an interesting little back story” about his painting Diana, he explains that “it was inspired by my visit to Astoria for the 2013 Au Naturel show. One of the days we were there, my wife, Lea, and I hiked up a short trail behind or beside the college that led up to some sort of monument. It was a bright sunny day (apparently rare for that time of year in Astoria). All along the trail, sunlight streamed through gaps in the trees to illuminate emerald green vegetation and dew covered spider webs, which sparkled like a million tiny rainbows. It was magical, somehow larger than life, and evoked thoughts of mythological figures hidden behind a shallow veil of reality. Anyway, this painting of Diana, the Huntress came from that experience. Lea and I had such a wonderful time visiting Astoria for the 2013 show.”

 

In his artist statement McComas states, “Compositionally, I perceive art as a visual melody, which can be as simple as a song, or as complex as a symphony. Somewhere in the music – in the image – is an expression of the human condition, be it narrowly focused or grandly sweeping. Along those lines, I see the role of the figure in my art much as the role a dancer plays in a ballet: profoundly moving in and of itself, yet a cohesive part of a larger story. My ultimate artistic desire is to integrate the human element into expressive compositions that are visually compelling, intellectually stimulating, and which engage the viewer on multiple levels.”

 

McComas received formal academic training in the classical tradition at the Colorado Academy of Art and has had the good fortune to study under such contemporary masters as Daniel Sprick, Robert Liberace, Michelle Torres, and Ron Hicks. He works in a variety of media, drawing in graphite, charcoal, and chalk, and painting primarily in oil.  McComas is currently based in Superior, CO.  Visit www.jimmccomas.com for additional information about McComas and his work.

 

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