Judith is a retired GP who currently lives in Warrington with her family.
“Spending 32 years as a doctor honed my observational skills. The subtle nuances of expression and physical appearance giving clues to a persons inner thoughts. As close observation is a key element in medicine and art alike, it felt natural to fall in love with portraiture when I began to paint after taking early retirement in 2018. Portraiture allows me to continue exploring privileged relationships; that of artist/sitter has replaced the doctor/patient relationship. In connecting with people in this way I can continue to use my skills and have a new identity as an artist.
My portraits use light, shadow and colour to reveal a persons character. I work in oils on canvas in a realist style and timeless manner using delicate brushstrokes and soft edges. I draw using charcoal and soft pastel with obvious marks rather than blending which I feel gives more character to the final portrait. I direct my focus to the sitter themselves rather than what is going on around them capturing them in reflection.
I'm continuing my art journey exploring and experimenting with abstract and still life and experiencing the joys of en plein air painting.”