Title & Artist: #147 Seeking Assurance, oil by Kathy Ellem

This painting has all the structural and appeal aspects of a masterpiece. The artist has brought out the rugged yet appealing character of the donkeys through the effective use of line, tone, energetic brushwork, and an almost monochromatic colour which is heightened by the subtle use of its blue complement. The love these two animals share is visually evident and is what gives it such a strong centre of interest. This subject is further strengthened by a good balance of dark and light tonal values that help to keep us engaged. Well done and congratulations Kathy.