Thanks, it's nice to hear that. I've seen various competitions here and have very little faith in the abilities of the Deviant art staff to actually make good choices. Not that I think mine was a winner--there were some better, but I have no idea what criteria they use to pick anything.
Thanks--I appreciate the vote of confidence. Contests with big prizes usually means competing against professional artists (which I am not), so I'll just keep my fingers crossed. Thanks again for your kind comments.