PleinAir Salon - Terri Ford (California), “Canyon Dusk,” Pastel, 28x24 in.
Terri Ford (California), “Canyon Dusk,” Pastel, 28x24 in.

We’d like to congratulate Terri Ford for winning Overall First Place in the December 2023 PleinAir Salon, judged by Camille Przewodak.

“This painting had a beautiful late afternoon light effect,” Camille said. “The shapes in the tree were carefully thought out. Good division of the light/dark patterns. Overall, a stunning painting.”

About Terri Ford:

A native Californian and alumnus of the Academy of Art College, Terri realized a deep connection with pastels in 1987 and has worked with them since both in the studio and en plein air. Her paintings are representational with some more impressionistic and others more realistic. Her greatest inspiration is capturing the landscape in its ever-changing light and conditions.

Her work has earned her top awards in many exhibitions at such venues as The National Arts Club in New York, The Butler Fine Art Museum, The Triton Museum of Art, The Autry Museum, The Haggin Museum, and many more. She has received numerous awards at The Carmel Art Festival Plein Air event, most recently the PleinAir Magazine Award of Excellence and Best Pastel 2015. Ford’s pastels have been featured in American Art Collector, American Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur, Pratique des Arts, and in several coffee table books, including Art Journal America, Plein Air New Mexico, and the French art book 40 Maitres de Pasteles. Her pastel paintings have gained national and international recognition, as proved by her achievement of Master Circle status in the International Association of Pastel Societies, and her subsequent acceptance of the Eminent Pastelist Award by the same group.

Ford is a Master Pastelist with The Pastel Society of America and “Distinguished Pastelist” with the Pastel Society of the West Coast and Pastel Society of New Mexico, and an artist member of the California Art Club. She was the “Invitee de Honor” of the Art du Pastel France in 2017.

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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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