For the second straight year, the work of Arkansas City artist Janice Hale has been selected as a masterpiece-level winner in PMMA’s Art is Ageless® juried art competition. The piece appears in the 2022 calendar.
The piece, entitled “Indian Woman,” utilizes a time-consuming technique called stippling in which an artist uses varying densities of small ink dots to create texture and shading.
“I looked it up on the Internet and thought I had enough time that I could probably do it,” said Janice.
All told, the drawing took Janice approximately three months to complete, although she admits she didn’t work on it full time.
“It said on the Internet that if you got tired, your dots would look sloppy, so I only worked on it 10 to 15 minutes at a time. Then, to get the shading right, I’d look at it, re-look at it and then go back over it,” said Janice.
Janice originally learned about the Art is Ageless® program from her boss, whose husband was a resident at Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor—although it took the additional prompting of her sister to get her to actually enter.
Now, as a two-time winner, Janice would like to encourage other seniors in the area to enter the competition as well.
“I think it’s really great. Even if you don’t win anything, it’s nice to have a variety of art,” said Janice. “If someone has a gift, what else are you doing with your time? It’s not hard to enter.”