Artist Bio

Artist Statement and Biography

Judith’s artwork is primarily figurative and influenced by her abiding interest in people, social justice and the strength of the human spirit.  Her current work is inspired by two very different people and places.

From 2005-2012, the majority of her work was inspired by her work with a group of war refugees in a UNHCR refugee camp whom she came to know during nine trips to Ghana, W. Africa. Her paintings of these courageous people often incorporated the brightly colored and patterned Ghanaian textiles as did the African themed collages from that time period.

For the past number of years Judith has been also working on a series of paintings, drawings and collages of the people and places in Webster Township, rural Michigan, where her home and studio are located.  Many of the portraits combine graphite, oils and paper to make a very personalized composition which includes photographs of their homes and yards.

PERSONAL HISTORY

Married, two children, and six grandchildren.

CAREER HISTORY

Clinical Social Worker 1966-2005: psychiatric, child welfare and geriatric settings in Chicago and Michigan;
Painter: 2005 to present.

EDUCATION

M.A. University of Chicago, 1966.
B.A. Univeristy of Illinois, 1964.

ART COURSES

Florence, Italy
Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center

Washtenaw Community College
Eastern Michigan University
Worshops on Drawing, Painting, Portrait, Color and Design

PUBLISHED ART

Huron River Review,Issue 15, 2016
Scarab Club Artists Annual Magazine,v.5, 2016
Scarab Club Artists Annual Magazine,v.4, 2015
Huron River Review, Issue 10, 2011

Huron River Review, Issue 9, 2010
Huron River Review, Issue 8, 2009
Huron River Review, Issue 7, 2008