Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Judy Welsh

Sunflowers, 26" x 20"
watercolor on Yupo

A fourth generation Californian, Judy Welsh grew up in the coastal town of Santa Barbara, and her love of the outdoors has been nurtured by the beauty of her state from the sea to the Sierras. Since her early childhood, painting has been a way of seeing and celebrating the Creator. She finds plein air painting especially inspiring because it brings forth an emotional response that is not readily accessible for her in the studio. Using rich, saturated color and interlocking shapes that hug the contours of her subject matter, she hopes her audience will be as excited by her finished paintings as she was when she painted them. Recently, she has been experimenting with alternative painting surfaces such as watercolor canvas and synthetic paper, both of which present new technical challenges and offer new avenues for creativity.

Wet Medium/Wild Color, 20" x 26"
watercolor on Yupo

Judy holds a bachelor's degree in fine art and also did graduate work in art at San Jose State University. She has won many awards, including second place in a recent landscape competition in "International Artist Magazine," has had her work published in Splash 9, The Best of Watercolor (North Light Books, 2006), and is represented in both private and public collections. She is an award-winning signature member of the California Watercolor Association, and her paintings have been included in exhibitions at The Triton Museum of Art, The Art Museum of Los Gatos, and The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University, as well as in Europe and Japan. Judy has owned and managed an art business for the last twenty years, doing freelance art, teaching art to all ages, and consulting for both business and private clients. Her most recent passion involves teaching both art-making and art appreciation to her three grand-daughters.

Rock Dwellers, 20" x 30"

Cinnabar Hill, 30" x 22"

Ahh Umunhum, 22" x 30"

Please visit Judy's website to see more of her work.