Monett artist Jason Inman won Best in Show with one of his oil paintings at the Friends of Spiva-St. Avips art show and auction in Joplin.
Inman was one of nearly 100 artists who contributed work to the fundraising event to support the Spiva Center for the Arts. His painting was a 16-by-20 inch portrait of his daughter, Allyson, now age 7, dressed in a pioneer-period bonnet and dress.
Inman won a $1,000 prize, a ribbon and a medal for the honor. His painting was then sold at the event's ball and auction, held at the Downstream Casino.
Monett artist Jason Inman, at left, displayed the ribbon and medal his received for winning Best in Show for his painting at the Friends of Spiva-St. Avips annual art show and auction in Joplin. The portrait of Inman's daughter, Allyson, is shown above.
Inman described his painting as having a "realistic to impressionistic look." Primarily a portrait painter, Inman said he has been concentrating on capturing the period look. He completed the painting during the past year, in about a week. Inman works a night shift job, and on the days he is not at work, he paints at home. His medium is primarily oils plus some pastels.
"I was surprised to win," Inman said.
Inman accepts commissions for portraits. More information about his work is available at his website: www.jasoninmanartist.webs.com.