Judges & Jurors, 2022

Judge Standard Fine Art – Michelle Dunaway

Michelle Dunaway is an Internationally known American artist whose paintings are revered for their bold brushwork yet sensitive portrayal of emotions that capture the human experience. Dunaway’s paintings have been exhibited in Paris, New York, and Los Angeles and her work has won awards and honors in the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition in 2010 , 2014 , 2016, 2017 , and 2018 . Dunaway’s artwork has been featured in numerous publications including International Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur, American Artist, Southwest Art, Art of the West, and American Art Collector along with inclusion in several art books. Dunaway has taught and lectured at various venues internationally and her classes draw students from across the globe to study with her. Dunaway’s paintings are highly sought after by distinguished collectors and displayed in prominent collections throughout the US and Europe. “To me, the extraordinary resides in the everyday moments of life. Those moments when we stop, pay attention and feel gratitude. All of us experience such moments and they transform us for the better. These instances of human life, personal reflection and inspiration are what I love to capture in paint.”

Jurors Standard Fine Art

Elizabeth Hahn

I have lived in Santa Fe for 33 years, exactly one half of my life. Art has been my life pursuit as an artist, a gallerist, an art restorer and a teacher.

I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree at The Oklahoma City University and my Masters of Art in Design at the University of Oklahoma. I have taught art at Oklahoma City University and a number of community art centers. I was director of Arts Place II in OKC, 1983-88 which was a gallery and event center that held the location in the city which now is the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

In 1988 I was recruited to be the director at Edgar-Young Gallery on Canyon Rd. I have lived and worked on or near Canyon Rd. ever since, most notably as co-owner of Hahn Ross Gallery from 1995- 2013.

When our gallery, Hahn Ross Gallery 1994-2014 was sold and became Pippin Gallery, I was invited  to remain as an artist. That gallery closed shortly before the Pandemic. My work has been shown in galleries and museums in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, California and Arizona for 45 years.

Jeff Otis

Jeff Otis is an oil painter, living in Albuquerque, known primarily for his landscapes.  

Half his pre-adult life was spent in Europe where his interest in art was facilitated by the proximity of some of the world’s greatest art museums.    

Landscape, especially the dramatic vistas of the desert southwest, is his central focus.  His style is representational and often accompanied by contrasts of light and shade as well as dynamic color harmonies.   He attributes much of his development as a painter to great artists of the past such as Monet, Sargent, Millet, Edgar Payne and Sorolla.  Contemporary artists having equally important influence include Wilson Hurley, Michael Lynch, Russell Chatham, Clyde Aspevig, Richard Schmid, Laura Robb, Dan Gerhartz, Wayne Wolfe, Ralph Oberg, John F. Carlson, David Leffel, and Sherrie Mcgraw. 

He is a signature member of Oil Painters of America.  The New Mexico State Permanent Collection has one of his paintings as does the New Mexico Museum of Art and History.  In 1996 he won the Excellence Award at the Oil Painters of America Western Regional show and the Fine Art Connoisseur Award for Excellence in the 2009 National exhibit.  His paintings are found in individual and corporate collections throughout the United States as well as Japan and Europe.  


There are phases in the development of an artist.  It is a never-ending journey.  But first, the artist-to-be should have a passion for art.  Without the passion, you can make something clinical or formulaic that lacks depth.  It also becomes a job.  With passion however, art becomes the source of a deep spiritual experience (I don’t know how to define that, but I know it when I feel it).  Your art journey will involve many facets.  There is the life-long learning, beginning with the mastery of materials and techniques.  

An important facet of development is the discovery of your own style.  Many artists fail to engage this facet successfully and instead try to “channel” another artist’s style.  This can endanger the originality of their work, unless they paint with a passion that is still their own.  All artists borrow from one another, but it is a matter of degree.  In my landscapes, I am most heavily influenced by Wilson Hurley and Edgar Payne.  My passion is entirely mine.  The longer I paint, the more my style becomes differentiated from other artists.  Style can be representational (varying degrees of realism) or abstract.  In fact, I believe you need to have a viable abstract design and color combination as a foundation to a good representational piece.  Often, to keep true to the abstract aspect, I will paint upside down when working on a representational work.  In addition, I will constantly refer to the painting’s image in a mirror.  This allows me a fresh view of what I am creating.

I have been on my art journey my whole life.  It is a source of pleasure and profound depth of feeling that has enriched me.  Art, though amenable to many forms of analysis, always has a quality that can’t easily be quantified or understood.  Like a great poem whose words continue to echo in my mind and heart, a masterful painting has that mysterious something that I can’t fully describe, which takes me far beyond the confines of space and time.  The search for the sublime fills a lifetime.

Augustine Romero

Augustine Romero was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design (1985) at Colorado State University Pueblo formally: University of Southern Colorado. After graduation Mr. Romero worked in numerous art fields from graphic design to a foundry assistant at a bronze casting foundry: Renaissance Bronze, Pueblo, Colorado working on numerous private and public works. During this period Mr. Romero begin curating art exhibits at local coffee shops and cafes with the sole intention to show his work and others. In 1997 Mr. Romero received a Master’s in Fine Arts from New York University. From 1997 – 2001 he taught Product Design at Parsons School of Design, New York.

Since 2006 to present Mr. Romero has been employed by the City of Albuquerque as a Gallery Curator overseeing the KiMo Gallery and the South Broadway Cultural Center Gallery: curating 12 exhibits a year.  In addition, he also worked at the Jonson Gallery, UNM and the University of New Mexico Fine Art Museum. Other honors include fellowships at Socrates Sculpture Park and The Smithsonian. Mr. Romero continues to work and develop his own art exhibiting regionally and has public sculptures and works in private collections.

Judge Miniature Fine Art – Mary Sweet

was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, received A.B. and M.A. degrees in Art from Stanford University, CA, and has lived in Tijeras, NM since 1970.  She has drawn and painted all her life, with media of acrylic on canvas and paper, woodblock prints, watercolor, monotype and artist books.  She has been included in publications such as The Acrylic Painter’s Book of Styles and Techniques (Rachel Wolf), Who’s Who in America; Who’s Who in American Art; Who’s Who, American Women; Who’s Who in the West; and American Artist Magazine; and others.

Her award winning works of a variety of media have appeared in many shows nationally, and at the Albuquerque Museum with her woodblock printing. “The landscape has always been my primary inspiration.The land provides us with everything from sustenance to solace. My paintings are a way of saying this is what I saw and it’s important and I want you to see it too.”

Barbara Lohbeck Interviews Mary

Jurors Miniature Fine Art

Susan Brooke

Proficient in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, and pencil, Belen artist Susan Brooke has been drawing and painting professionally since the 1960’s, with more recent emphasis on miniature scale. With a BS in Biology (UNM), her subject matter varies from wildlife and landscape to the “enduring cowboy”.  In 2008 she took Best of Show in the World Federation of Miniaturists International Show in Tasmania, and 1st Place pencil and a purchase award at the Miniature Art Society of Florida’s prestigious International Show.

In 06 and 07 she was honored by the Cider Painters of America with the President’s Award and 1st Place at the Miniature Painters, Sculptors, and Gravers Society Show in Washington, D.C.  She has been honored in a variety of media yearly in MasterWorks, to include best grouping and the Cathy P. Scott Award.  “I am awed by what I choose to paint and strive to present it with dignity and respect.”  

Ann Lewis

has had an interest in art since childhood.  The interest quickly became a passion as she developed her skills in visual arts through the years while studying with master artists in workshops and private lessons.  She also earned her fine art degree then enjoyed teaching art in public schools.  Ann continues to always study/practice her art and loves to encourage others in their learning of how wonderful art is in their lives.

Michael Meyer

While growing up in St. Louis, Michael began drawing after a second grade class assignment awakened his innate artistic abilities. During High School, Michael was recognized with several Art awards.

 He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in Art Education. His career began as a commercial artist and freelance illustrator. He managed several art departments, but continued to illustrate for advertising agencies, magazines and companies such as Hallmark. Michael continued his career holding a series of senior management positions in the publishing industry, which relocated him and his family to Kansas City, Toronto and Chicago. All the while continuing to paint and show his work in shows and galleries, which resulted in a series of awards.

He studied portrait painting under renowned portrait artist Richard Halstead for 4 years in Chicago and was a member of the Chicago Plein Air Painters.

He and his wife, Beth, bought a publishing business and moved to New Mexico in 2010.  Since then he has won awards in several of the top art shows, including Encantada! and Masterworks and has shown his work at galleries in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Michael is accomplished in oil and watercolor portraits, figurative and landscape subject matter. He is a member of RGAA, NMAA, NMPAP and frequently paints with a plein air group on Wednesdays.

You can see his work at meyersart.com.