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26th Annual Spectrum Art Awards

This weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the Spectrum 26 Artist Awards and sit among some of the most talented men and women in the industry. Truly, I already felt honored just to be there, so then I was absolutely floored to be awarded the Spectrum 26 Gold Award in the Concept Art Category by one of my heroes, Iain McCaig.

Thanks to the founders of Spectrum, John Fleskes and Kathy Chu for fostering this community of artists and providing a platform for artists to aspire to be a part of. Thank you to the judges Kei Acedera, Wesley Burt, Bobby Chiu, Edward Kinsella III and Colin Poole and Kristine Poole, for your expertise and for this honor you've given me.

Thank you to my family in Canada, who cheer for me and root for me through all my ups and downs. They are always at my core, and the people who inspire me. And thank you to my lovely wife, Rachelle, who's support has been endless even through my late nights painting, or long tedious trips for workshops and classes.

Congratulations to my fellow nominees and award recipients! I'm so glad to have met many of you in person and I look forward to our paths crossing again.

Abe Taraky