Juror Choice Award
I must say that this painting took the kind of courage we artists aspire to. Bold red in the outer land formations, cool churning of the closer water over the rocks. A balance of light warm and cool in the sky, greening of the water against the blue of the water. This artist managed to engage the whole specterum of colour. – Nancy Steel
People’s Choice Award
Belleville Art Association
This painting has a very strong presence in our home. It is a large piece, with bold colours presenting an abstract scene of birch trees in a thick woodland. And yet in contradiction, the trees conveyed a gentle understated assuredness – the wonderful vibe I get when I’m immersed in nature. We live out in the country, surrounded by trees, and its presence feels quite natural. And so what does it do for me? It helps me maintain my connection with nature even though I’m indoors. – Craig Miller
I have several paintings by Ilse Nel-Landers. Her art immediately pulls my eyes towards it. Then I find my eyes lingering over it for longer than other art. The textures, the colours, the balance… I always find more details to mull over.
The landscapes I’ve bought are similar to the places I love to spend time (northern Ontario) and it often gives me moments during the day thinking about those times.
I get a LOT more compliments on my art collection! – Beth Armstrong