Paint Dexter is a four day event that has taken place in mid August since 2013. The event hosts professional and armature painters who compete for cash prizes in three categories – Professional artist which is a juried competition, Emerging artists and a timed event called Quick Draw where artist complete their project in three hours.
Local artists and those from neighboring states come to compete for the top prize of $1,000 in the Professional and $500 in the Armature categories. Robin Roberts from Ashland, Ohio participated in the competition this year and produced a painting that he felt did not meet his critical eye for perfection and decided not to submit the art for judging. Having come a long way to participate he was determined not to go home without something he was proud of and went back to the canvas late Sunday afternoon. His decision to leave the city and look for a more rural environment for his inspiration proved to be a wise choice and the painting pictured above was the result.