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2021 Art Staff Favorites

To celebrate the end of 2021, we asked members of our curation and creative teams to share their three favorite pieces we added to Great Big Canvas this year. Read on to discover what we loved this year or check out the full collection here.

Heather, Curation Team

Blush Blooms II by JVT Studio

"This modern interpretation of a classic floral still life feels rich, opulent and timeless."


Blush Blooms II by JVT Studio


Melaleuca Clearing, Loftus by Ann Gordon

"I love this abstract interpretation of a forest, with the dark trunks against the light leaves and sky."

Melaleuca Clearing, Loftus by Ann Gordon


Aerial View Kelingking Beach, Indonesia

"At first glance it looks like an abstract painting, but those beautiful aqua swirls are in fact waves on a beach. I find the organic fluidity mesmerizing. "


Aerial View Kelingking Beach, Indonesia

Angela, Curation Team

Honey Badger Portrait by Vincent Hie

"‘Honey Badger Portrait’ don’t play. Some days you just don’t want to smile and while I can 100% relate to this sentiment, I can’t help but grin and giggle when I look at Honey Badger. This piece sparks joy for me. "

Honey Badger Portrait by Vincent Hie


A Covenant by Karlos Marquez

"Like a fine whiskey after midnight, this artwork gives me vintage noir vibes. When I look at this piece, I’m transported to a late train while gazing intently at unsolved case files. Hoping to discover my next break."


A Covenant by Karlos Marquez


Lonely Winter Landscape III by James Wiens

"I see this artwork and I feel loneliness, isolation and stillness. Contrastingly, I also sense peacefulness, serenity and fortitude. Like this painting, I think the pandemic has brought many emotions into focus, both negative and positive. "

Lonely Winter Landscape III by James Wiens

Tykeia, Curation Team

Eternal Sunshine by Pride Nyasha

"Pride Nyasha has a talent for creating such expressive works of art from watercolor. The emotion in this portrait is palpable and the abstracted use of color makes this piece even more visually and emotionally vivid."

Eternal Sunshine by Pride Nyasha


Shimokitazawa, Tokyo by Eleanor Doughty

"Eleanor Doughty’s watercolor illustrations are so skillfully detailed and her style is unique. She also quite often paints from life, which lends realism to her work, while her art remains vibrant and playful."

Shimokitazawa, Tokyo by Eleanor Doughty


Triple the Love I, II, and III by B. Robert and Karlos Marquez

"This triptych is a collaboration between B. Robert and Karlos Marquez. The bright teals and pinks are eye-catching and the graffiti-inspired painting style make this piece fun and contemporary, while still being striking and sophisticated."

Triple the Love I by B. Robert and Karlos Marquez
Triple the Love II by B. Robert and Karlos Marquez
Triple the Love III by B. Robert and Karlos Marquez

Ian, Creative Team

Lawtonwood Bluffs and Puget Sound, Seattle WA by Eleanor Doughty

"The rough and sketchy lines combined with the variety of textures really make this piece pop."

Lawtonwood Bluffs and Puget Sound, Seattle WA by Eleanor Doughty


Warped Line with White, Orange and Blue by Wuilfredo Soto

"The subtle use of texture and the complementary colors really make this a nice piece."

Warped Line with White, Orange and Blue by Wuilfredo Soto


Big Green Mountain and Rice Field by Hiroyuki Izutsu

"I love the calming minimalist shapes and bold colors of this piece."

Big Green Mountain and Rice Field by Hiroyuki Izutsu

Jimmy, Curation Team

Black Cameo 5 by Nikki Chu

"I mean, Who doesn't need a timeless cameo with a  contemporary edge?"

Black Cameo 5 by Nikki Chu


A Covenant by Karlos Marquez

"Such a beautiful balance of lightness and darkness."

A Covenant by Karlos Marquez


Love Letters 2 by NM Studio

"The nod to today's typography yet elevated and chic."

Love Letters 2 by NM Studio

Katherine, Creative Team

Cleanse I by Pride Nyasha

"Pride Nyasha's work is feminine and evocative, and I love the delicate use of color and line in this piece."

Cleanse I by Pride Nyasha


Gracious by Heather W. Ernst

"Simply put - it's bright, vibrant, and joyful. :)"

Gracious by Heather W. Ernst


Midwest Balance Sunflower by Hannah Beisang

"Contemporary style with a vintage feel -I love the illustrative collage look of this piece."

Midwest Balance Sunflower by Hannah Beisang



Looking for more Best of 2021 Art? Explore the entire Staff Art Favorites Collection Here.