I suppose I could be called a contemporary Impressionist. I do not translate subjects onto my canvas literally, but rather convey images as I perceive them through the use of bright colors and loose brush strokes. Houses and other structures, urban street scenes and country roads captivate me. I see them as places where imaginary people spend their days working, living and playing.
A painting begins with a subject that attracts my attention by its shapes, colors, lights and shadows. I have been conditioned by thirty years of making art seen through the eyes of an artist; inspiration is everywhere. Landmarks, “pretty” scenes or familiar ubiquitous subjects do not interest me. Although my work is not finite illustration, some will be drawn to a piece because of the subject matter. I ask myself the question, “Why am I painting this?” rather than “What am I painting?”
I once heard a phrase that beautifully sums up my philosophy: “Meaning in life is found in discovering our gift; success is found in giving it away.”
Judy Lynn began her studies in art at the University of Minnesota – Duluth in the 1960s. However, her education was put on hold by marriage and raising a family. In 1980 she returned to college receiving a Bachelor of Visual Art from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina in 1984. Following the completion of her education she moved to Raleigh, North Carolina where she resides today.
She pursued her love of painting while maintaining full-time employment in Raleigh, NC. Judy illustrated murals for Al Brothers and Associates, taught drawing and watercolor painting, acted as Gallery Assistant for Gilliam and Peden Fine Art, and was a volunteer coordinator for what was then the NC Art Society at the NC Museum of Art. She continued her studies under well-known painters such as Ann Templeton and Henry Isaacs, and jewelry making under Betty McKim.
Since retiring from the work force in 2003, she has been actively pursuing a full-time career in art. Her oil paintings have been shown throughout the state. Some non-juried venues include Woods Gallery on Bald Head Island, Rutledge Art Gallery, Rock Hill, SC, ArtSource at North Hills, the Capital City Club, Wake Med, Raleigh Women’s Club, Wake County Office Building, the Visual Art Exchange, and recently Tipping Paint Gallery. Her work has been collected by corporations such as Wells Fargo Bank, Central Carolina Bank, MacGregor Downs Model Homes, Cary, NC and private collectors.