I am so excited to announce that on Thursday I was named Raw Artist's Cincinnati Photographer of the year! Raw Artists is a nationwide, independent art organization for artists by artists. Their mission is to provide independent artists within the first 10 years of their career with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity. I was asked to participate in one of their monthly shows back in July. It was a ton of fun. At the end of their show season they held an online contest and people had to vote for their favorite Raw Artist to represent their city in the national contest. I was chosen as one of the four finalists. Thursday was the semi final round where I was judged by the audience and a panel of three local judges. I was only allowed to display 5 pieces. I choose to show some pieces from this body of work. My good friend Marti, of Marti's Floral Designs helped me create an awesome display for my work. I was so proud to see it all come together. I hope to have some pictures to post to my Facebook Page soon. I was a nervous wreck that night... One of my favorite sayings about art is that it is not a competitive sport, but man I wanted to win. :) At around midnight after all of the voting they announced the winners from each category and I couldn't believe it when they announced my name! YAY!!! So the next step is the national awards. My online portfolio will be judged and the winner will be announced later this year...fingers are crossed!
I want to thank everyone who came out and supported me that night. You made me feel so special. This has been a crazy emotional year for me, so I also want to thank all of my friends and family for supporting me and encouraging me to keep fighting for my dreams. I love you all so much!! xx