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I just got back from the opening of the Oil Painters of America's Eastern Regional Exhibition which is being held at the Bennington Center for the Arts located in Bennington, Vermont. The show runs from September 29th through October 28, 2012. The goal of the Oil Painters of America is to display some of the very best representational oil paintings. Their shows are always very good and this one was no exception.  I was fortunate enough to have one of my paintings, Pandora and the Tree of Knowledge, in the show. I even got a nicer surprise when I won the Award of Excellence, one of nine awards given out for the show.

The juror was renowned Master Signature member Ken Backhaus. One of the many events was a three hour painting demonstration by Mr. Backhaus. He began by showing us two studies of a waterfall scene that he did on location. With a blank canvas, the studies in hand and a photographic reference, he was able to bring the waterfall scene to life in oils. Along with the demonstration he talked about his painting techniques which included subject, placement, lighting, and even the tools he used.

Later that evening was the opening reception and award ceremony. Here is a picture of me with Ken in front of my painting.

If you would like to see pictures of the other award winners I have them posted at my blog:



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Raymond Thornton
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United States
Raymond Thornton is an American fine artist/illustrator living in Northwest Indiana. Not much is known of him except that he likes to wear white shirts, enjoys warm summer nights and cold winter mornings. Oh, and he likes to paint and draw too. His oil paintings have been exhibited across the country and he has won a few awards along the way. He did the illustrations for a book that he and his mother co-created called Upir and the Monster Gang. An illustrated novel about monsters and mayhem with over sixty full color illustrations.

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cedricstudio Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for adding me to your watch list!
onepersenangel Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
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inObrAS Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Thank You very much for the :+devwatch: Raymond! :hug:
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onepersenangel Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
hi ray 
I love your art,very
TOKITOS Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the fav^^
Impressive work u have in ur gal... O.o
Mako-Fufu Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot for the +watch! :hug:
RaymondThornton Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional
Glad to be watching. Best of luck to you.
ArtIsLife88 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the watch....I absolutely love your work and I truly appreciate your support :D
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