I’ve raised three children, cultivated a wonderful marriage for more than 30 years and worked for a living while doing so. During this time, I was an artist in my mind and heart, just waiting to show myself to the world. When my last child left home, I quit my 9-5 job and started taking community art classes. I learned basic color, composition, etc., in watercolor class. I later started playing with oil paints and realized I like that medium as well.
Somewhere, a long time ago, I read that the average person has three careers in their lifetime. I was in the food service business for several years, then real estate for several more. Now I want to be an artist, and so I am! I am a juried member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, an active member of Umpqua Valley Arts Association, a member of International Society of Experimental Artists, and member of Plein Air Painters of the Umpqua.
Surprisingly, my watercolor and oil paintings have two very different styles. In my watercolor paintings, I plan things out very thoroughly and paint things from life, either from memory, dreams or places I’ve been. As for my oil paintings, I grab a canvas, choose a color or two that suit my mood for the day, turn up the rock and roll, and start painting! I love my family, watching the ever changing sky, foraging crows in parking lots and my third career.
More of Judy’s artwork may be found on her website: http://judynigh.com/