In March we welcome back Judith Marvin as our Co-op artist. Her show will open Friday, March 11, and will run through Wednesday, April 6.
Judith has shown her art here before and it has been much enjoyed. Judith lives and works in rural Idaho. Her log home overlooks grain fields and Ponderosa pine forests. Her closest neighbors are deer, elk, and the occasional moose. Her surroundings certainly have an impact on her work. She writes, “While my landscapes are not 'of' the Palouse, I cannot help but be influenced by my beautiful surroundings. My landscapes are born of the imagination. They are of no place and of every place.”
After retiring from a 20-year career in the Foreign Service in 1996, Judith realized her dream of pursuing an education in fine art. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2006 at the age of sixty. She has, in her own words, “indulged her passion for things creative ever since.” She explains that there is “no way she cannot be making.”
She worked in ceramics for over 30 years, and still thinks of herself as a potter, but a few years ago began to explore painting in acrylics. She likes the “immediacy” of that medium. She describes how her landscapes and florals begin with the loose application of color applied randomly on the canvas. She then covers anything that she does not want to be part of the picture with an opaque pigment. Finally, she continually redefines the work with many layers of paint as she searches for the perfect completion of the piece.
I love her art. I think you will, too. There will not be a chance to meet the artist this time, but do come and enjoy her work.