Judy Thompson is a Midwesterner, from Orange City, Iowa, who gets much of her inspiration from the prairies which surround her home. Her richly textured paintings have been described as “beautiful images which capture a sense of place.”
Judy’s artwork has received national and regional awards. In 2010, Judy was selected by the National Park Service as an Artist-in-Residence at the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska where she was a featured artist for their Art-in- the-Park program. Inspired from this experience, Judy created The Homestead Series, a group of twelve paintings which are currently touring the Midwest to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act.
“Putting watercolor on paper is an exciting and unpre- dictable adventure. It allows me to reveal the moods, colors and textures of the world around me, while still capturing a sense of mystery and depth in my compositions. When choosing a subject, I look for dramatic lighting, strong design or a captivating gesture which will resonate with the viewer.
Transparent watercolor allows me to capture both subtle and vibrant color through multiple washes applied to paper. Pig- ments are allowed to mix and mingle on the paper which creates a spontaneous dimension to my work. Granulated pigments applied to either smooth or toothed paper, also help create interesting textural effects. Many times I draw part of my subject with pen and ink. These structured lines create tension with the free flowing watercolor, giving the image a dynamic feel. I also enjoy using crayon or wax resist on the paper before applying watercolor for a fresh, unexpected visual effect.
As you view my art, I trust you will be as refreshed and inspired, as I was in creating it.”
Judy is a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society and associate member of Iowa Artists, the National Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.
You can also find Judy’s art at the following galleries: Rehfeld’s Art & Framing, Sioux Falls, SD, and the Glacial Till Winery, Tasting Room & Gallery, Ashland, NE
In addition to commissioned work, Judy is also a popular teacher and workshop presenter.
May Gallery B: Johnson Crossing Academic Center & Fremont Middle School Awards Show (5/1 – 5/17)
The best of the best from Johnson Crossing Academic Center and Fremont Middle School (grades 5 through 7), will be on exhibit May 1st until May 17th.
Andrea Rockemann, Amy Gillispie (Johnson Crossing), and Axton Kahler (Fremont Middle School) will hang a very select show of this year’s student art and honor their students during the reception with an award ceremony as a way to encourage their budding artists. We appreciate their efforts to celebrate the creativity of art students, grades 5 through 7!
Drop in to see the work!