The majority Judy’s adult life has been spent in schools, mostly elementary, where growth and learning are constant and usually a lot of fun. She comes from a busy family of artists, scientists and engineers, all of whom have lively minds and hands. By the time Judy retired from her career in education, her need to continue growing and learning had become such a fundamental part of herself that she felt she simply had to continue on such a path.
Over the years, several boxes of art supplies had accumulated in Judy’s home. Even through the busiest times in her life, she would dip into the paints, pencils and books that would continually beckon to her. Judy’s husband has been a constant supporter, even when there was no time for art, and more so now that there is.
It is Judy’s belief that experience engenders responses within us. Each experience bears within it sounds, odors, sights and emotional content; and much of that response is also linked to the entire treasury of our stored memories. The subjects she chooses to draw or paint struck chords in her remembered experience, or were undertaken as means of learning more about technique and artistic elements. For Judy, each piece has been a “teacher,” and consequently each piece holds special meaning.
Reading art “how to” books, combined with a lot of sketching and practice brings Judy’s talent to where it is today. With the encouragement of her first (and favorite) teacher, Charles Brindley “Champion of Trees,” she has learned and accomplished a great deal. Judy’s work may be viewed in a number of shows and venues in and around Nashville, as well as a bush hospital in Kenya, where she found much of her inspiration.
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