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JUDY WARD

JUDY WARD

Artist Work

Bay House - After the Regatta
2011
Watercolor
10x7
Great Blue Heron
2006
Oils on Canvas
40" x 26"
Crab No.6
2013
Acrylic Enamel on Glass
10x7
Spar No.2
2012
Acrylic Enamel on Plexiglas
18x24
Rockfish
2006
Oils on Canvas
40" x 26"
Lily No.2
2013
Acrylic on Canvas
24x18

Artist Information

County
Anne Arundel County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

Abstract/Modernist painter featuring tiled colored shapes with bare canvas outlines.

Artist Bio

Born with crayons in both hands, my world is all about color. When I look at an object such as a tree trunk, I don’t just see browns; I see greens, reds, oranges, golds and a dozen shades of grey too! In other words, my world is awash with color. I’ve outgrown my crayons, experimenting often with new approaches to my art, but I consistently employ a style of disjointed, colored shapes. This color-block style lets the painting surface show through inbetween blocks of color to become an outline for each shape, resembling a stained glass or mosaic composition. This style affords me the opportunity to emphasize just the essence of my subject – its minimal shape, its maximum color and its most basic attributes. While the majority of my paintings are oils, I also work in watercolor, mixed media and acrylic. Some of my most recent works are enamel airbrush paints on Plexiglas, Lucite or glass. Never wanting to stand still, I continue to explore new media and techniques. Since moving to the Chesapeake Bay area more than 15 years ago, my subject matter has tilted more toward the flora and fauna I see everyday. But I’m also drawn to mechanical objects and raw materials like metal and stone – Anything with a lot of shades of color!