PAST EXHIBIT: May 18 - June 25, 2022
Judith Perry is an award winning artist and a signature member of the Hawaii Watercolor Society and president of the Women Painters of Washington. She has studied at the finest Art Schools and continues learning from professional artist's workshops. Her style is typically bold and has been influenced by James Whistler with his high contrasts in value, Lucien Freud and his search for the character in figure work, and Mitch Albala for his treatment of the landscape. She prefers painting in a series of the same subject matter so there can be an in-depth presentation. It is a method of pulling the viewer in for a deeper understanding. After living many places from the east coast to Hawaii she is now living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The lushness of the natural geography is now a focus and involves a study by seasons‚ from the weed of winter to the reflections of the waters of Puget Sound in the summer. She is now giving workshops as well as private lessons.
The artists in my family background were writers, not painters. In school I recall an assignment of pressing wildflowers and making them into a book. My concern was the book cover and presentation over the flowers. That was the beginning of triggering creativity for me. Growing up in the small town of Raymond I was directed to the pre college academic classes rather than the craft or skill classes. Art was more about reading artists biographies until I entered college and took formal art classes. The professors encouragement and my sense of peace and joy while painting led me to ongoing making and studying art.
My interests change and I waver back and forth regarding subject matter and materials. My advanced studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago focused on the figure. I still find it fascinating and draw and paint the figure for shows. Most galleries will not accept Nudes, but to me they are the ultimate landscape. My mediums vary. Watercolors were natural while living in Hawaii due to the colors and light. Landscapes in oil are a comfortable fit. But drawing with graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, pastel and vine charcoal are like an extension of my arm.
The passion comes from the first drop of color on the surface. The drawing and composition are the warm up for that to happen. The world is full of beauty and shapes and social circumstances. Seeing is the most important skill for me as an artist.