Judy is known for a remarkable portrayal of light and shadow, and an ability to convey an atmosphere and ambiance that invites the audience to join in. For her, how the subject is painted is as significant as what the subject might be. Sometimes there seems to be a story behind the work, but this is often not discussed out of respect, as she feels that each viewer is entitled to 'complete' the painting in his or her own way.
'My theme is the light, and how its effects make the 'commonplace', uncommon. Realism seems best to portray this idea, and over the years I've strived to paint as the eye sees, but more, a mood, a sense of place and time, an experience. A painterly realism also holds the most interest for me, the excitement when I imagine the concept, the hard work of refining it, then the magic and payoff of watching puddles of paint 'come to life' under the brush. Excellence in craftsmanship is a fundamental goal of mine; there is a simple joy and dignity in working with the hands, striving to create something which can delight the senses.'
At present, Judy favours working in oils. She enjoys working in series and has several in progress. 'To keep my creative process fresh and 'firing on all cylinders', I must challenge myself with a spectrum of work, from the intense detail work of the miniatures, to 'letting loose' with plein aire, and much in between.'
Recognition in several spheres has resulted, including author-illustrator of an award-winning children's book and a commission for the NHL's 'Visions of Hockey' Collection. International status has also been earned via her paintings in miniature, CMS, MASF, WFM, MPSGS, NMMAS, CPA, many accolades include a rare Judges Award of Excellence at the World Exhibition of Miniatures, Smithsonian International Gallery in Washington DC, and from the MASF, the largest international miniature show in the world, a Best in Show.
Judy's works have been featured in many juried group and solo exhibitions, on national and international magazine, book, and CD covers, and in corporate and personal collections in several countries around the globe.