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Meet Judith Austen

I am an artist and writer raised in Great Neck, New York. Having spent my young adulthood in New York City where I graduated from Pratt Institute, I later moved to Boston for an MFA in art education. To support my life-long pursuit of painting, I taught art at he Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA. My work has appeared in group shows and I have had numerous one-woman shows in the Boston area.

For me painting is about the personal expressed in color, be it dreams, still lives, or landscapes. My most transporting moment is being in a landscape, seated at my easel and painting into what I see until the boundaries dissolve and I become one with where I am.

Some mornings I awaken blessed with a dream that gives me an idea for a painting which can evolve into a series or paintings. Dreams being so ephemeral, moving from my mind’s eye to an image-on-canvas is a process that awaits the moment of tipsiness when the sense of a dreamscape can be achieved.

Other moments of inspiration can be a still life of flowers from my own garden; animal figurines made animate by placing them in a landscape setting; pottery shards on a beach; or apples in a waterscape setting.

When I moved from New England to Tucson Arizona, I approached this foreign landscape by painting the literal until I felt confident enough to move to a more personal interpretation. The Sonoran desert offered so little feeling of intimacy, it was when I settled into the series Desert Contained, portraits of cacti in pots, that I found my comfort zone.

Please visit the article by Beth Surdut in Desert Leaf magazine and view my open studio tour to learn more of my story. 



Open Studio Tours 2019: Judith Austen

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