Felice Willat won first place at the International Color Awards for her photograph titled ‘Climbing Cardinals.’ (Felice Willat)

Santa Barbara artist Felice Willat has been named to the YourDailyPhotograph.com Hot 100 of 2021 list, besting 4,500 artists from around the world to win the honor. YourDailyPhotograph.com is a leading online journal for international collectors of fine art photography.

Artists named to the Hot 100 list are selected by a panel of experts. The selection committee does not accept applications for entry into the annual award program; winners are selected based on the quality of the work produced.

Willat said she was thrilled to be selected among these talented fine art photographers.

“Most of my work is focused in two areas — what I call lifescapes and naturescapes,” she said. “Lifescapes capture contemplative lifestyle moments when people are at one with their work, their environment, or that moment in time. Naturescapes have an ephemeral, lyrical quality to them.

“Engaging with my camera takes me out of ordinary reality and into the world of possibility where I thrive. I could capture a moment, something sacred or
commonplace. I like to leave the familiar, travel to far-away places, and find the gift of being present. My goal is to arouse these emotions with my art.”

In Santa Barbara County, Willat exhibits in Gallery Los Olivos, La Cumbre Center for the Creative Arts, and Santa Barbara Visual Artists in Paseo Nuevo. She has won numerous awards, most recently Outstanding Achievement (1st place) at the International Color Awards for her best-selling piece “Climbing Cardinals.”

For more information, visit www.felicewillatphotography.com.