Local artist Cher Pruys is keeping up her winning streak.
For the fifth year in a row, one of her paintings has placed in the top three at the annual American Society of Aviation Artists International Aerospace Competition.
“I’m honoured,” Pruys said about this year’s competition, which saw her painting of a Cessna 185 at Nestor Falls, entitled “A Canadian Moment,” place third against competitors from around the world.
It’s a finish that follows two years in a row placing first in the competition, as well as a second- and third-place finish in consecutive years prior to that.
“It’s cool, eh? I’m thrilled because one of these years, they’re not going to take something,” Pruys reasoned, explaining the competition is juried—of 450 entries from around the world, only 42 are selected and then shown.
This year’s exhibit of the finalists is being showcased at the San Diego Air and Space Museum.
As such, hand in hand with her third-place finish is a first-time accomplishment of having three of her paintings selected to be a part of the show—the maximum number judges will jury in from one artist.
“That’s probably one of the most exciting things about it is you have to have your work juried in,” Pruys said.
“And because you’re competing with artists from all over the world, it’s just a real honour to get a piece in the show period, let alone receive any of the awards.”
One of her other two paintings selected as a part of this year’s competition and show was a Twin Beech plane at Rusty Myers while the other depicted a helicopter flying over a lake—the first painting Pruys has done which features a helicopter.
As one of the top three winners, Pruys will have her winning painting published in the Aviation Space and Technology magazine based in Washington, which is the biggest aviation magazine in the world.
“It was an honour to be able to get a portrait of the Fort Frances, Rainy River District area up [and] being portrayed worldwide in this magazine so that everybody will get to see it,” she remarked.
“So that’s a treat.”
Feedback also is one of the benefits about the competition, Pruys added.
“The feedback is awesome, whether it’s from potential customers or just aviation art enthusiasts, and other artists,” she noted.
“It’s not only inspiring and motivating, but it also gives you some good pointers on maybe what to try to put into your work the next time, or that sort of thing.
“So you keep growing.
“That’s what keeps a person getting better is acknowledging that there’s new things you can try and new things you can learn,” she reasoned.
With this year’s competition over, Pruys said she’s already looking ahead to next year.
“That’s the challenge—to come up [with a new scene],” she explained. “Because you can’t re-enter entries, they have to be new entries.
The challenge to come up with something different, something that you think will catch their eye,” she stressed.