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African subjects, Childrens Portraits, Cultural portraits & wi
Judy began painting in 1985 and since then has been busy developing an individual approach to her art that combines traditional methods with her own mixed media painting techniques. Prior to 1977, the emphasis of her work was on indigenous Australian wildlife. However, her first trip to Africa that year had a huge inspirational impact, and the focus of her work changed to African subjects, including people and wildlife.

Her artistic horizons have continued to expand, and now Judy paints a wide spectrum of subjects and portraits in mixed media.The current subjects of her paintings are often a reflection of the cultural diversity of the various parts of the world to which Judy has been fortunate to travel.

Judy's detailed paintings display a love of design, color and strong tonal contrasts, and she has devised a unique way to portray the personalities of people. Subtle use of mixed media gives her paintings a 'trompe l'oiel' or three dimensional effect. For example, Pastels are often used to give a soft velvety shine to the skin tones. Fabric may be added to give a varied weave to the clothing etc., and then painted in complicated patterns and textile finishes. Thick acrylic medium is applied in several layers for the beads and buttons. Sometimes, small chains, keys, cotton yarn, feathers, or gold and silver leaf are used.

Judy was President of the Queensland Wildlife Artists Society from 1987 to 1989, and has won prizes from both the Queensland Society and The Wildlife Art Society of Australia. In 2001, Judy won the Championship portrait prize at the R.N.A Brisbane Exhibition, 3rd prize in 2005, and a Highly Commended in 2006. Judy was also a Finalist in an Australian Artist Magazine art competition in 2006 and International Artist Magazine in 2009.

Judy's paintings form part of many corporate and private collections, both in Australia and overseas.

In 2005, Judy went on a trip to Namibia with two fellow artists, Lyn Ellison and Peta Boyce. They exhibited the results of their trip in a joint exhibition 'A Brush with Africa', with great success, and they have since had another successful 'Brush with Africa' exhibition in 2009 as a result their trip to Tanzania and Kenya in 2007. They went to Kenya in '09 and will hold another 'Brush with Africa' exhibition in the near future.

Support for Conservation:
I have been a long time member of Greenpeace, and as President of the Qld. Wildlife Artist Soceity I always worked to raise money for Australian conservation projects. Now, after each trip, I support a local conservation project in the country I have visited, and donate some of the earnings from the artwork I do, as a result of that journey, for example, after my trip to Kenya in 2007, when I visited The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, I now sponsor a young elephant called Makena. I also support many other human aid projects, especially in Africa, and try to return some money directly to the communities I've visited and whose people I paint. For example, in 2009 our exhibition 'A Brush with Africa' supported The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the School of St.Judes in Arusha.

  • A Distinctive Cultural Perspective (2007)
    More about A Distinctive Cultural Perspective
    Author - An article that describes how my passion for African subjects has led me to a unique mixed media interpretation
    Author: Judy Scotchford
    Published by: Ausrtalian Artist Magazine
Organization Membership:
  • Queensland Wildlife Society
    Honorary lifetime member of the Queensland Wildlife Society


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