By John Jude Palencar

I was happy to learn that the Artist’s Magazine awarded my painting “Extasis” First Place in the Portrait/ Figure Category for their 30th Annual Competition. “Extasis” will be featured in a double page spread along with the other award winners in the December 2013 issue now available at your local newsstand or bookstore.

I was truly surprised that the painting was accepted due to the unusual nature of the subject matter. This was made more gratifying because this is one of my personal works and is part of an ongoing larger body of work I am creating for a future unnamed and unscheduled exhibition. I would like to thank Maureen Bloomfield, Editor of the Artist’s Magazine for the wonderful article.