My Favorite Work of Art

We asked some artist friends “which piece of your art is your favorite?” and got many answers. Enjoy these favorites, and click on each name to see the artist’s website portfolio.


Gordon Maronde "Olive Branch"

Gordon Maronde “Olive Branch” – In attempting to reference an ethereal dominion, a cerebral right moment arises within the Hybrid Series. This moment is the result of a hybrid union of visual verity and vague notion, of relevance and endless reach.

Foggy  Sunrise

Alison Thomas “Foggy Sunrise” – My favorite time of day, sunrise, in my favorite place, the Appalachian mountains in Virginia.

Monique Lasooij Dona Isabel and her Control

Monique Lassooij “Dona Isabel and her Control” – I love her because she is a paradox: all dressed up with lace and holding a fat control. She is no longer just 18th century, she is a young woman of today and in control.


Lena Levin “Surrender” – It’s hard to choose a favorite, but this painting is important to me because it expresses an idea fundamental to my work: Art is not an act of self-expression, but an act of surrender to something greater than yourself.

New York Lite Moon

James Duke “New York Lite Moon” – Created this circle style of painting 1990. I like the mesmerizing quality of the painting, the sublime sense of presence and motion, the push and pull created by the circles!


Evie Zimmer “Bloom” – This is the first painting which I strayed from my plan, spontaneously adding a blue orb and leaves. Since then, these elements have become common in many of my paintings.

Arab Revolution

O. Yemi Tubi “Arab Revolution” – Inspired by Renaissance Artists and political issues around the world, like Renaissance artists I like to use my works to express my view about what is happening around the world.

Samovar and Reflective Cup

Ann Hardy “Samovar and Reflective Cup” –  I found this samovar in a small used furniture store in Polson, Montana. Could hardly wait to paint it.

Protecting the Ranch

Sherry Salant “Protecting the Ranch” –  I love trees and this tree brings me a sense of joy in its vibrance. There are two small horses in the background, and the tree offers protection. That is what trees mean to me, offer safety and protection for us all.


Gabe Langholtz “Lightness” – This is a balanced representation of the modern and naïve styles that influence my work. I find the neutral color pallet and spatial relationship between the objects aesthetically pleasing.   

Orchid Attraction

Kathleen Elam “Orchid Attraction” – Hummingbirds are such spiritual beings, mystical and magical, which is why everyone loves them. This particular photograph seems to bring a special energy to any room in which it hangs.

Queen of Ages

Elaine Alibrandi “Queen of Ages” –  This aged tree is rising up to meet the impending storm head on and standing tall with arms raised, almost conjuring the clouds. She is a true queen.

Walking Rain

Robin Sierra “Walking Rain” – Walking rain occurs on the mesas of New Mexico. Because you can see very long distances in the southwest, this wall of rain ‘walks’ slowly across the sky and can be seen many miles away.

Trebulon #1 Cherry Blossom Burst

Brian Goshorn “Trebulon #1 Cherry Blossom Burst” – This was the first painting I did in the style that I now continue to work in. In many ways this is my “Rosetta Stone” and revealed to me how and why I am now creating paintings like these. I keep going back to it for inspiration.

Morning Bloom

Arthur Jacob “Morning Bloom” – Softness, color, shapes, movement, and lighting to reflect beginning of morning.

Sunlight Dancing

Val Lally “Sunlight Dancing” – It was not the illumination of greens but the movement of the light on the palm fronds that I feel I captured, making it a favorite.

Borough Market

Kris Mercer “Borough Market” – My daughter’s first London flat was opposite ‘Borough Market’ so it’s a place I love and know well. Some real characters work there, including the two from the wine merchants.

Mi Ciudad Es Tu Ciudad

Nicole Curcio “Mi Ciudad es Tu Ciudad” – This is my favorite painting. An accidental collaboration- my friend started it and her colors and lines inspired me to experiment with a much looser painting style.

Rain Dance

Lesley White “Rain Dance” – So many juicy challenges in this piece. Leather, fur, metal, and textiles, but most importantly conveying the element of movement.

Looking Through a Haze of Memories

Bonnie Shapiro “Looking Through a Haze of Memories” – Early one morning, I happened to pass by a roadside carnival and stopped to wander around. The light was lovely as it bounced off the white of the Whirly Bird.

Old Courthouse in Reflection

Jerry Schmutz “Old  Courthouse Reflection” – This image, with the American flag, symbolizes the tumultuous and fractured history of the Courthouse – and of America itself – from the Louisiana Purchase to the present.

Autumn's Festival

Tim Howe “Autumn’s Festival” – Illustrates my passion for blending several styles within one piece…my contemporary interpretation of a landscape with both abstract and recognizable images of nature that being the birch trees. It incorporates movement, texture and illustrates that there are no boundaries in nature as in art …all within a favorite color palette.

Fragrant Friesians

Jules Summers “Fragant Friesians” – I have too many favourite artworks, so I had others choose one for me! I adore cows, they are beautiful souls, make great friends and are full of fun and personality. 

Jordan Pond

Mel Thompson “Jordan Pond” – This scene was inspired by a wonderful trip to Acadia National Park a few years ago. I love the solitude and tranquility of the water and the mountains hit by the morning sunlight in the background framed by the beautiful arcing tree branch.

Tight Quarters

Linda Harrison-Parsons “Tight Quarters” – This small piece takes me back to Africa. My art documents moments in time. Preserving nature and wildlife that is here today and may be gone tomorrow.

Into the Wild Blue Yonder

Lisa Crisman “Into the Wild Blue Yonder” – I LOVE using bold and vibrant color combinations. For me these vivid color selections are exhilarating and add a sense of the magical and mystical that surrounded my childhood years.

Chevy Bel Air

Shannon Fannin “Chevy Bel Air” –  I paint cars expressively to bring the beauties that are stored in the garage, into our homes and lives. Cars are works of art. I’m especially in love with CHROME.


Danielle Trudeau “Liefde is die Antwoord” – During my recent trip to South Africa, I was absolutely taken with the beauty of the land and nature that makes up that beautiful country and knew my goal upon returning home was to capture some of the magic and life that I experienced.

Lost and Found

Stephanie Estrin “Lost and Found” – I loved painting on this expansive space and getting my whole body into it. I worked through a lot of emotions in the process of this painting.

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  1. Great list, Thanks for sharing all the great pieces.

  2. I just have to say I love the detail in Val’s paintings! They are all so amazing:)

  3. Maxine Kunkel says

    Beautiful pieces! I especially like Val Lally’s wonderful rendition of palms. She really captured the light and flow of the leaves in the sun!

  4. Thank you Artsy Shark for sharing my Pink Chevy Bel Air. I am honored to have my work included among such talented artists.

  5. I pinned Sherry Salant’s favorite work on my Pinterest page under artistic Inspirations.

  6. Thanks Cheryl and Maxine! Showing the lights and shadows intermingling (or I like to say the light dancing on the object) is always my goal throughout my painting process. I’m glad you like it!

  7. I loved Val Lally’s painting of palm fronds. It captures the essence of light and movement so well that I expected to feel the wind gently blowing!
    That is my favorite painting.

  8. Val Lally’s work is always fresh and colorful. I enjoy seeing what she will do next!

  9. Gorgeous images … congratulations everyone!!

  10. Thanks for your appreciation and support of my artwork Sharon and Tyler! It’s wonderful to get recognized for my passion of bringing nature to the viewer through watercolors!

  11. Love the magnificent works by Val Lally!

  12. Beautiful, striking images.

  13. Linda Schoppmeyer says

    AWESOME work Val Lally! Love all the details! I wonder how you got all those palm fronds in front of and behind each other in your watercolor without getting mixed up! Just beautiful; and MY favorite!


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