The Faces of Ontario showcases juried portrait style paintings that realistically depict people. Portraits can be head and shoulders, three quarter length or full length.
Technique and expression are important. The focus is on the face; however, the setting and overall painting could be a real asset if they are within the theme of Paint Ontario.
Any or all mediums of paint, pencil, pastel, or encaustic (but not photography) can be used.

You must have the permission of the person you have painted. Please do not submit your work unless you have confirmed this and can demonstrate it to us if asked. The painting must be for sale.

The size cannot exceed 36 by 48 inches or be smaller than 8 by 10 inches including framing.

The first prize is $750.00,  the second prize is $250.00, plus there is 1 honourable mention of $100.

Now in its fourth year this portrait category is a great addition to the show. The examples below give a good indication of the skill level in composition and technique that we are looking for. Along with the theme we encourage the artists to tell a story when considering entering the Faces of Ontario. 

The 2019 Honourable Mention winner really delighted everyone with his whimsical self portrait – painted on a table top hockey game! In 2020 we put the entire show online and you can also view past winners by visiting the links in the menu.

We will be hanging a maximum of 12 of the top portraits including the winners.

All Paint Ontario rules and fees apply.

Be sure to read our Terms and Conditions before entering.

The Places of Ontario

New for 2021 – Sculpture