Guest artist Judy Woods graduated from Otago Polytechnic School of Fine Arts in 1985. She went to Teachers College and taught Art in secondary schools for 15 years. While she loved this job she always wanted to do my own work. Often in the classroom she would have to quiet a growing urge to clear the room of students and just do the work myself!! During this time she would paint in the holidays, but just for herself and family and occasionally she entered into a few group shows.
In 2004 she left teaching to have children devoting her baby’s afternoon sleep time to painting. She used oils and painted realistic depictions of domesticity in an unreal space. She started to sell her work during this time in galleries both locally and around the country. However, when the second child came along the painting stopped. She took the oils out again and began her foray into abstract art when her youngest went to kindergarten in 2009. This was relatively short-lived though as she soon found myself back teaching part-time with two children at school and no time for painting.
In 2016 my father died which brought me sharply eye to eye with the brevity of life and so I threw myself wholeheartedly into my painting again. By this time I had given up teaching. Over the past two years I have been exploring painting intuitively using mixed media and working on wood panels. I currently sell my work in local galleries and online internationally.