After 18 years as a professional commercial designer, she decided to pursue her lifelong dream to be creative without parameters. In May 2011 she completed her MFA at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Her passion is encaustic, a medium with unique physical properties that offer a multi-dimensional, heavily textured surface. Judy combines painting, drawing, collage and photograph transfers, creating an unexpected spontaneous flow of energy and endless possibilities.
How did you get started as an artist?
I have been creating art since I was a kid sitting around the kitchen table doing crafts with my mother. I went to school for interior design and had a prosperous 18-year career before going back to school in 2008 to get my master’s in fine art at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. I have been a full-time artist since then.
How does your love of nature influence your art?
I have always gone outside and in the woods to get away from everything. I also was starting capturing nature through photography when I was a teenager. Encaustic has allowed me to blend my love of photography and nature into one medium. I am inspired by God’s infinite beauty and the amazing detail in nature; I like to focus in on close-up elements because I think we tend to miss out on those with our busy, hurried lifestyle.
What five words best describe your work?
Abstracted nature with mystical, colorful textures.
Tell us a bit about your technique.
Encaustic is made with beeswax and dammar resin combined with pigment to create a paint that is heated to a molten state and painted on a wooden panel. It is reheated and manipulated with a torch. I use all kinds of metal tools, such as dental and pottery tools to carve into the surface. I also use found objects and stencils to create texture on the surface. Everything is done in layers, with each layer being intentional to create veiled and exposed elements.
What is your favorite thing about being an artist?
I am so grateful that I get to paint every day in my studio and that I have the flexibility in my schedule to be a mom and an artist. I also mentor others in their road of creativity and the business of being an artist. I take all my years being in the business world of interior design and apply those principles and work ethic to my job as an artist.
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