Congratulations to Austin Dwyer for winning this year's People's Choice Award at the White River Valley Museum! His oil painting "Winter Respite" was voted the crowd favorite by visitors to the show. This honor comes with a $400 cash prize and additional publicity through the Auburn Reporter newspaper.
Auburn Reporter excerpt:
Austin Dwyer sees beauty and mystery through mist.
It's a powerful technique, a method the award-winning maritime artist uses to draw people to his paintings.
Such an engaging work is "Winter Respite," an oil painting that captured the imagination of onlookers and the People's Choice Award at the recently completed Small Works, Big Presents: The Gift of Art exhibit at the White River Valley Museum.
As its title suggests, the painting shows a small but powerful tugboat taking a break, tied to a dock in a fog-shrouded harbor.
"When you have a mist, you get that illusion of depth or distance, which the artist is looking for," said Dwyer, 76, of Mukilteo, who has painted and taught art for many years in the Northwest. "When you look at the painting in the mist ... you have a strong focal point and then after that, things begin to disappear in space. I think that's what's exciting about mist. It makes people look more into the painting, to get more involved in your painting.
"And there is something about a tugboat that's so romantic."