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Old 03-19-2007, 01:42 PM
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I believe I've seen the future of realistic contemporary w/c portraiture, and her name is Jenny Davis. It was my privilege to judge the Washington DC chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters' 2007 Harriet L. Newbill Art Competition ("Water Media on Paper"), and we awarded the 1st place $4000 prize to Jenny for one of her portraits. She will go on to the last stage of the competition in Tempe, Arizona, competing for the $10,000 top prize. I think she has a very good chance - for this style of watercolor portraiture, I've never seen anybody better, and incredibly, she's 18 yrs old! Her subjects are typically her friends, caught in candid and intimate moments. Her mother, Tanya Davis, is a highly respected and smokin' NWS painter, and she shares her studio with Jenny at the Torpedo Factory.
There was a very good crowd at the Heineman Myers gallery in Bethesda, including several past presidents of NSAL and even Harriet Newbill herself.
Keep your eyes open for Jenny's astonishing work, you will undoubtedly be seeing it somewhere soon. If you check out her blog, make sure you look back through the archives.

with her portrait "Tess"



"Megan"



Judges: Walter Bartman, Director and Founder of Yellow Barn Studios; Judith Brodie, curator of modern prints and drawings at the National Gallery of Art, me , Stephen Phillips, curator at the Phillips Collection in DC.



I was also very impressed by the work of another young artist, Shelly Voorhees...wish we could have sent two people to Arizona.
A huge congratulations to Jenny, and I know this is just the beginning!
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Re: A new watercolor star!

Very talented young woman. Her portrait work is truely outstanding. It is no wonder she won.
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Re: A new watercolor star!

You did say 18 years old??? This young woman is a major talent. We'll be watching her, for sure. Best of luck, Jenny, at the national level. And Shelley's portrait is intriguing! I'd love to see more.
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WOW....a VERY talented 18 yr old!! THANKS for sharing with us Nick!
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Her portraits are amazing. What a talented young lady. I look forward to hearing her name and seeing her future work. Thanks for letting us know about this.

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Wow, went all through the archives on her blog, and her portraits are outta sight. Thanks for posting this, Nick.
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Outstanding work definitely! Now i know where you've been hiding nick i bet its very nervewrecking job to judge art. I know i'd not like to be in that position. Any link to see all of the selected works in that exhibition?
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What beautiful work! What a future ahead of this talented girl! Great photos too ! Thanks for this thread Nick! I am so pleased to find you here
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An Amazing Talent, and Thank God, a Great Family of Support; also enjoyed her mom's page, especially the "Gold Dot Teapot", and the "Turquoise Pear", thanks for the links and keeping us informed.
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Re: A new watercolor star!

Thanks for sharing this, Nick... this young woman is definitely talented and she is surely a rising star... my best wishes for her future...
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WOW, what an accomplishment for such a young person!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS Jenny!!!!

Glad you showed us Nick!!
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Re: A new watercolor star!

Jenny is certainly going to have a successful career with her talent. Beautiful work! I'll keep my eye out for her work in the future.
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Re: A new watercolor star!

Oh My Goodness. Jenny is an absolutely awesome artist her work is simply amazing! Her mother is also a fantastic artist as well..

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Awesome... Thanks for sharing this wonderful artist with us Nick! What an inspiration!
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Re: A new watercolor star!

Wow - she is amazing - no wonder she is soaring to new heights - I think it is wonderful when young artists are encouraged and rewarded like this - reminds me of young Sarah who used to post on here - she was another one set for great heights.

Thanks for sharing Nick

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