Judy is predominantly a self-taught painter and started formal lessons with oil paint when she was just 12 years old.
Meeting Tim Wilson, one of New Zealand's most acclaimed landscape artists in 2009 changed her life. After viewing Judy's work Tim offered to mentor her and take her work to another level.
The amazing years spent with Tim enabled Judy's paintings to get to the level where they featured in his own exclusive gallery in Queenstown. As the value of Judy's paintings increased, so has her global profile and her work has become highly sought after in New Zealand and abroad.
Judy's style is impressionism, bordering fauvism, enhancing the colours and tones of the natural world. Painting mainly landscapes Judy finds this genre invigorating and reaches into the core of her imagination as an artist. She is fascinated with light and its constantly changing effects.
Painting full time from her studio in Akaroa, Judy draws inspiration from her surroundings. In her studio, Judy translates these observations from her life and selects her subjects with an eye attuned to their shape, colour, pattern and texture. She instinctively places these into balanced arrangements that reveal her renowned ability as a colourist and her confident eye for design.
Within her detailed paintings Judy wishes her work to give the viewer a sense of happiness and wellbeing, beauty and abundance as our world needs so much more of that.
One could say that her paintings are expressions of visual pleasure; the pleasure she has experienced in making the work and the pleasure it gives the viewer.