Diane Price has been drawing all her life, but it wasn't until eight years ago that she says she experienced her "aha" moment while taking a summer course in watercolor.
The Brookings artist was a triple-award winner Saturday night during the seventh annual Coast Redwoods Art Association's Juried National Art Show held at Crescent Harbor Gallery.
She won both second place and the People's Choice award for her "Too Pooped to Powwow" piece, and honorable mention for "Day Dreamer."
"I only paint what I feel," said Price, "I paint from my heart."
There were 59 entries. Wendy Malone of Crescent City won first place for "The Broommaker's Daughter."
Not bad for her first pastel.
"I did a lot of art as a kid," she said, "but it wasn't until a couple of years ago that I started getting back into it." The single mother of two teenagers said she really enjoys working with pastels and that it allows her to loosen up and enjoy creating.
Using pen and ink and pencil, "I used to get in there and do really detailed stuff," she said. "The pastels make drawing less intense and creating is meant to be fun."
Third place went to Doug Minty's "Creating Garretta's Moral '09."
Other honorable mentions went to John Helgeson for "Tycoon"; Pauline Holmes' "Sea Lion Pile-Up"; and Deborah Dawson's "Water Chooses Its Own Path."
A painting of the lighthouse, created by artists Garretta Lamore, Muriel Northrip and Pauline Holmes, was raffled off.
The show will hang throughout September at Crescent Harbor Gallery, 140 Marine Way.
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