January 20183rd Annual Animal KingdomFeatured Artists & Best in Show Winners
Traditional ArtLaura Hines
Laura Hines is an artist and illustrator currently based in Flagstaff, AZ. In 2010 she earned a certificate in Natural Science Illustration from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and that same year she worked for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY, as a Bartels Science Illustration Intern. In June of 2011, Laura participated in the School of Visual Art's summer residency program in Illustration and Visual Storytelling in New York, NY. She worked as an Assistant Illustration Editor at Juxtapoz Magazine, and has exhibited in Seattle, Tucson, NYC, Italy, and New Zealand. Her work has appeared in Creative Quarterly Magazine and Juxtapoz Magazine. She is currently a resident artist at Creative Gateways in Sedona, AZ.
Please visit Laura's website if you are interested in purchasing this award winning piece or to see more of her work.
Digital Art & PhotographyNick Dale
Nick Dale wants to produce the most beautiful and powerful images he can, and he won’t be satisfied with a game drive unless he knows he has captured a few images he thinks are worth five stars. These are his absolute favorite shots, and he’s only produced around 100 of them over the years, so these are the special ones, the ones he’s most proud of. They can show any subject – not just wildlife – but they must convey the magic of being there. His favorite animals are the predators, and the wonder of the long lens is that it allows him to fool viewers into thinking they are right up close and personal with a very dangerous beast. It’s that sense of excitement that he tries to bring to his work, and he’s happy to use whatever technology he can find to do the job. He regularly rents an 800mm Nikon lens for close-up shots, and he’s just ordered a Nikon D850 camera body with 45.7 megapixels and the ability to shoot nine frames per second. All that, combined with the wonders of Lightroom, gives him the best possible platform for capturing the beauty of Nature.
Please visit Nick's website if you are interested in purchasing this award-winning piece or if you would like to see more of his work.