Like many others, Newburyport’s Jan Roy has been fighting a touch of the flu this week. Feeling under the weather and battling the winter doldrums, she perked up rather quickly, however, when she answered her phone Tuesday afternoon.
It was a staff member at the Newburyport Art Association calling to inform her that her oil painting was named “Best in Show” for this year’s winter show for artist members.
“I was very pleased,” Roy said. “It’s a good feeling.”
This is Roy’s third time earning a “Best of Show” honor during a show at Art Association where she has been a member for close to a decade. Roy has been painting full-time since 2000 after she ended a 30-year career as a silkscreen artist.
A painting presents an artist with “endless possibilities,” Roy said. “A painting is never finished; it’s only finished when you’re finished with it. It can go on forever, and that’s part of what makes it fun.”
Each time she wins an award at the association, Roy said, “it’s a really wonderful feeling.”
“I’m always very honored,” she added. “There’s so much good art submitted to each show.”
Roy painted the image, called “Greek Village,” shortly after returning from a vacation in Europe. While she didn’t sit down at her easel with the intent to paint an image of Greece, she realized as she worked, that was exactly what was happening. She has visited Greece twice, most recently about six years ago.
“I’d love to go back,” she added with a laugh.
Roy was given the honor by the jurors for this year’s show: Lucas Spivey, exhibitions manager at Montserrat College of Art and Design, and Diana Tuite, an adjunct professor at Maine College of Art.