"“My theme is the light, and how it makes ‘the commonplace’ uncommon. One definition of art is that it, forever, changes the way we see the ordinary.”
“A painterly realism seems best to portray this idea, and over the years I’ve strived to paint ‘as the eye sees’, but more—a mood, a sense of place and time, an experience. Realism also holds the most interest for me—the excitement when I imagine the concept, the hard work of refining it, then the magic and payoff of watching puddles of paint ‘come to life’ under the brush.
“How the subject is painted is just as significant to me as what the subject might be. For balance, I like to alternate the highly intense work of miniature painting with larger, ‘looser’, more impressionistic pieces. Excellence in craftsmanship is a fundamental goal of mine; there is a simple joy and dignity in working with the hands, striving to create something which can delight the senses.”
Judy is known for her distinctive compositions, an exceptional portrayal of light and shadow, and an ability to convey an atmosphere that invites the audience to join in. Each year she also tries to create experimental work, for the challenge. One such experiment has led to international status for her paintings in miniature (CMS, MASF, WFM, MPSGS, CPA); many accolades include a rare Judges’ Award of Excellence at the World Exhibition of Miniatures, Smithsonian International Gallery in Washington DC, and from the MAS Florida, the largest international miniature show in the world, a Best in Show. Recognition in several other spheres includes author/illustrator of an award-winning children’s book and a commission for the NHL’s ‘Visions of Hockey’ Collection.
Judy’s works have been featured in many juried group and solo exhibitions, on national and international magazine and CD covers, and in corporate and personal collections in several countries around the globe. She feels very fortunate to be able to do this from her home studio in Elgin County.