The Virginia Outdoor Wildlife Association (VOWA) recently held a contest for artists to submit pieces in a variety of categories, mostly (but not necessarily) depicting the Virginia wilderness. I ended up winning the illustration category with the image below, BUT I misread the rules of entry. It turns out the piece has to have been published, on display or sold within the past year, and this was none of those. Ha! So no award, but at least it gave me and Jamie some inspiration for 2018: Each of us has made a goal to publish or exhibit at least one outdoor/wildlife piece before the years end so we can enter the contest again.