Challenging Yourself In Art

A few years ago I made the decision to focus more on national and international exhibitions.  I did this because I wanted to challenge myself to improve as an artist and I wanted to see how I would fare in the wider world.

The positive side of this is the pleasure and motivation that comes from acceptance in these type of shows.  The down side is ‘get ready for rejection’ which as I think about it can also be positive as we strive to do better.

Anyway, with all this in mind I submitted to the Thompson, Nicola, Shushwap Chapter of the Federation Of Canadian Artists National Open Show.

I was thrilled that my painting, Jasper Ave, received the 3rd place award by the jurors.


 Rex Beanland, Jasper Ave, watercolour, 11 x 14
Jasper Ave

Also my painting, All Quiet In Gibson’s Harbour, won 1st place in the People’s Choice Award.

Rex Beanland, All Quiet In Gibsons Harbour, watercolour, 24 x 18
All Quiet In Gibson’s Harbour

I actually drove to Kamloops to pick up my paintings and had the pleasure of meeting the Chapter President, Mairi Budreau, and to personally receive my award.


On an unrelated front I was just in Toronto for the AGM of the Canadian Society Of Painters In Water Colour and I was very surprised to receive the President’s Award by outgoing President, Rayne Tunley.  It was for outstanding contributions and leadership.  I felt quite humble.

Rex Beanland, Presidents Award

I feel so grateful for being on this journey as a full time artist and for all the wonderful people I have had the pleasure of meeting.

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