Judy began painting in 1985 and since then, has been busy developing an individual approach to her art that combines traditional methods with her own painting techniques. Prior to 1997, the emphasis of her work was on indigenous Australian wildlife painted in oils, but her first trip to Africa that year had a huge inspirational impact, and the focus of her work changed to African subjects – people as well as wildlife.
Her artistic horizons have continued to expand, and now Judy paints a wide spectrum of subjects but specializes in portraits in mixed media. The current subjects of her paintings are often a reflection of the cultural diversity of the various parts of the world to which Judy has been fortunate enough to travel.
Her detailed paintings display a love of design, color and strong tonal contrasts, and she has also devised a unique way to portray the personalities of people. A subtle use of mixed media gives her paintings a ‘trompe l’oeil’ or a three dimensional feeling.
Judy was the president of Qld. Wildlife Artists Society from 1987 to 1989, and has won prizes from both the Queensland and The Wildlife Art Society of Australasia Inc. Over the years Judy has had many magazine articles published including one in the ‘Australian Artist’ Magazine.
In 2001, Judy won the Championship portrait prize at the RNA Brisbane Exhibition, and third prize in 2005, and Highly Commended in 2006 and her paintings are in many corporate and private collections, both in Australia and overseas. In 2009 Judy held a successful second ‘Brush with Africa’ exhibition with fellow travelers and artists Lyn Ellison and Peta Boyce, and was a finalist in the Dec. ‘09/ Jan. ’10 International Artist Magazine art prize ‘People & Figures’ challenge.