Stephen Jesic, AFC Signature Member from Australia recently won First Place in the Animal Category at the 2016 ARC Art Renewal Center's Annual International ARC Salon Competition. Stephen's artwork "Jewel of the Amazon" - also featured in AFC's 2016 Virtual Exhibit - placed among the top of some 3,196 entries by over 1300 artists. The Animal Category in the 12th International ARC Salon represents 106 entries out of the 282 works entered into this category.
"This category includes all animal art; any paintings, sculptures or drawings where an animal or animals are the central focus of the work. Animal art is an important way for the general public to stop and appreciate animal life in a way that they may not do in their everyday lives. It draws attention to the importance of animal rights and draws interest to the other living creatures that share or have shared our world in both reality and myth, demonstrating that animals are every bit as worthy of being subjects of fine art." ~ ARC
Artwork featured above: "Jewel of the Amazon", 24" X 20", Acrylic