Community Gallery September 20th - October 2nd‘Reflecting Nature in all its vibrancy, joy and colour’
Judith began painting seriously thirty years ago having studied art under the renowned New Zealand artist, Sister Mary Lawrence (Julia Lynch), whilst at St. Josephs High School in Palmeston North and later under Constance Crome in Hamilton.
Choosing oils as her original medium Judith moved on to watercolours when living in Cooks Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula, where she held successful quarterly exhibitions. On moving to Te Aroha Judith also studied with well-known local artist, Anne de Silva, and then established her own business, ‘Light & Bright Gallery’ on Centennial Avenue.
Judith was invited to join Dunedin’s Hoda Gallery, renowned for it’s impressive international art and design collection. During this time Judith’s sold works throughout the U.K. and Europe. Trips to the U.K., Europe, Queensland and visits to international art galleries during her travels, proved the inspiration for many of Judith’s paintings. Some of Judith’s most popular works are of flowers, especially her vibrant poppy and iris paintings and stunning Coromandel seascapes.
In 2010 Judith suffered a severe stroke affecting her right side - a crushing blow as she was right-handed. However, she began her recovery with an amazingly positive attitude by teaching herself to paint with her left hand and went on to create some stunning art works. With inspirational determination, Judith has now regained the use of her right hand and her work is displaying, even more of the vibrancy, lightness and joy depicted in her earlier works.