PleinAir Salon - Timothy Horn (Fairfax, California), “French Curve,” oil, 36 x 48 in.
Timothy Horn (Fairfax, California), “French Curve,” oil, 36 x 48 in.

We’d like to congratulate Timothy Horn of Fairfax, California, for winning Overall First Place in the June 2023 PleinAir Salon, judged by artist Peggy Immel.

“’French Curve’ is a stunning example of a painting that tells, in the most compelling fashion, the story of someone admiring a classic car,” juror Peggy Immel explained. “I love the slight halation and subtle greys of the person’s shadow against the buttery yellow of the car’s fender. The luscious curves of the car’s chrome hubcaps and front bumper inspire the painting’s title and complete the story by reflecting a tiny image of the car’s admirer. It’s a great painting.”

About Timothy Horn:

Timothy Horn was born and raised in the small town of Yellow Springs, Ohio, and graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City, with a focus in graphic design. After finishing school, he worked at several design firms in New York before moving to San Francisco, where he continued to work as a designer. Timothy took his first painting class on a whim, followed by another, and within a year he knew he had found his calling. He began painting more and more, and doing less and less graphic design until the fall of 2006 when he closed his design business entirely.

He now paints full-time and lives in the small town of Fairfax, California, where he is drawn to the everyday scenes of the rural areas in the Bay Area — the old buildings that have evaded development, the workings of ranch life, the old cars and trucks that continue on, or sometimes simply the play of light and shadow. Timothy wants to create paintings that tell his story, that express his observations, from his point of view.

His work has won numerous awards, has been featured in several magazines, and was on the cover of Southwest Art in 2012. He participates in several annual group shows, and is currently represented by five galleries. Every year, Timothy teaches 4 – 5 painting workshops around the country and abroad. He is an Artist Member of the California Art Club, and a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America.

“When judging a show, the first thing I look for are paintings that stand out in some way visually from the other paintings,” Peggy added. “An artist’s responsiveness to the subject and a strong emotional component or a unique point of view are qualities that winning paintings always have. And of course, excellent technique and strong composition as well as an honest use of the artist’s chosen medium are crucial elements.”

About the PleinAir Salon:

In the spirit of the French Salon created by the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, this annual online art competition, with 11 monthly cycles, leading to the annual Salon Grand Prize winners, is designed to stimulate artistic growth through competition. The competition rewards artists with $50,000 in cash prizes and exposure of their work, with the winning painting featured on the cover of PleinAir Magazine.

Winners in each monthly competition may receive recognition and exposure through PleinAir Magazine’s print magazine, e-newsletters, websites, and social media. Winners of each competition will also be entered into the annual competition. The Annual Awards will be presented live at the next Plein Air Convention & Expo.

The next round of the PleinAir Salon has begun so hurry, as this competition ends on the last day of the month. Enter your best art in the PleinAir Salon here.



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