Judi was born in London and showed an interest in painting and drawing at an early age, dropping domestic science and needlework in favour of extra art classes and technical drawing. Her first commission (unpaid) was for a mural for the school entrance hall.
She was trained initially by The Patents Office, London in Technical illustration. Over the years she has worked variously for advertising agencies, architects, a studio pottery, even had a stint in the Fleet Air Arm, all the time keeping up her interest in the arts.
She retired early in 1986 having had her own printing business in Auckland, New Zealand. She took up painting again and became a member of a cooperative art gallery where her works sold consistently to purchasers both local and overseas plus government institutions and were in constant demand. She was involved for some years promoting the arts arranging many exhibitions for local and national artists and galleries.
She says "There is no deep meaning or philosophy to my work, even or recognisable style, I just paint for my own enjoyment and pleasure and hopefully for others too!"
Her talents include graphic design, classic and traditional painting influenced by the Dutch masters and has even been known to paint some "Genuine Fakes".
Judi is a Kerikeri artist who works in oil, acrylic, watercolour and currently coloured pencils.
She was a member of Art Upstairs gallery. and currently teaches at Cherry Park House and Kerikeri Retirement Village.
Click on the images below to see enlargements of Judi's work and scroll through the slideshow.
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- 09 407 8191