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January 16, 2013 (Lakeside)--Sandra (Sandie) Seckington of Lakeside won a First Place award for miniatures at the San Diego Watercolor Society’s January show, “New Beginnings”.  Sandie’s painting, “Uncertain Future”, was picked by juror Carol Mansfield because of its painterly but realistic depiction of a cheetah.  Mansfield said that the cheetah had “such presence”.  

Asked about her painting, Sandie said, “As a lifelong animal lover and currently doting "Mom" to two horses, two cats, a parrot and a dog, paintings of animals are a special pleasure for me. I try to really get to the soul of the animal through its eyes and imbue it with fanciful colors to express my delight in the creature.

This cheetah was painted from a photo taken and sent to me many years ago by a friend.  The expression on its face just seems to portray resignation and helplessness over its endangered status.  I titled the painting "Uncertain Future" in the hope that viewers will feel the beauty of the cheetah and become aware of everyone's responsibility to protect and save all of our wildlife and their habitats.”

The show will continue at the San Diego Watercolor Society’s gallery through January 26, 2013. The gallery is located in Point Loma’s Liberty Station at 2825 Dewey Road and is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 am to 4 pm and is free to the public.

San Diego Watercolor Society is a 501(C) (3) non-profit corporation dedicated to expanding the appreciation of and involvement in watermedia painting through education, exhibition and promotion. SDWS presents a new juried exhibition each month with an evening opening reception on the first Friday.  Works on paper using watercolor, acrylic, gouache, casein and tempera as well as mixed media are accepted. 

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