Judges for 2017


Courtney Canova

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Encouraged to draw and paint as a child, I was fascinated with art and, more specifically, the idea of its process from a very early age. Over the years, working as a mural artist, fine artist, illustrator, graphic designer, and recently as a fine arts photographer and college professor, I have been able to draw upon skills learned in one medium to enhance the others. I approach projects first as a study of the elements or characters that will be portrayed through the work. I am a life-long student of history, particularly Florida history, and much of my work emphasizes historic components. Studying the project, as well as the subject, working on a visual solution, and then executing the final idea are the elements that I incorporate into a work of art. My work, in all mediums, is created with the ultimate objective of telling a story – giving voice to a visual image. Most of the time, the work is a montage of images that carry out a single idea. Commercial and fine art share the common impetus, which is to identify a need – what affects people – and excite and entice the consumer or patron through visual representation. I am particularly drawn to large-scale work because it has the ability to put the viewer into the action or event.

Bill Darrah

Bill Darrah has been an artist for over 55 years and won over 1,400 awards for his work in mixed media. His credentials and talent have led him to now judging art shows, including Disney Festival of the Masters and Winter Park Autumn Art Festival.  Bill continues to produce art and has expanded into acrylic.


OBJECTIVE: To serve as an art judge

AWARDS: Have won over 1,600 awards for my art including:

Best of Show, New Smyrna Beach, 1999, 2001

Best of Show, Kissimmee Art Festival, 2000

Best of Show, Riverside Art Festival, 2002

Best of Show, Brooksville Art Show, 2004, 2005

Best of Show, Manatee Art Festival, 2007

Best of Show, Artfest of Port Orange, 2009

Best of Show, Apopka Art and Foliage Festival, 2012

Award of Excellence, Port Orange Art Fest, 2012

WORKS: Have completed portraits for:

Kenny Rogers

Barbara Mandrell

Henry Winkler

Hulk Hogan

President Jimmy Carter and others

Three articles have been featured in The Bradenton Herald

Permanent collections are displayed in Lake Wales, Florida; Sebring, Florida; Raleigh, North Carolina; Dayton, Ohio; and Ocala, Florida


Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio

One year at Dayton Art Institute School of Art,     Dayton, Ohio


Lake Mary Heathrow

Osceola Art Festival, Kissimmee

Vero Beach, Under the Oaks

Leesburg Art Festival

Art Harvest, Dunedin

Crystal River Manatee Festival

South Miami Beach

Ocala Arts Festival

Venice Art League

Walt Disney World’s Festival of the Masters

Mr. Dora Art Festival 

Sarasota Art Association

Temple Terrace Arts Festival

Inverness Arts Festival

Destin Arts Festival

Winter Park Autumn Art Festival

Venice Art Festival

Cape Coral Art Festival

Lakeland Art Guild