Description A sunflower picked at Butler's Orchard was the subject of a photo shoot in my studio. I doscovered the glory of the backlighting quite by accident and have photographed sunflowers that way every since. The image resulted in a large 40 x 30 sunflower acrylic that currently hangs in my studio.
Judith HeartSong, Glen Echo, Maryland Member Since August 2009 Artist Statement I have been working as a professional artist for thirty years now, after a public school education in which my focus was completely art-centric. As a child I was always out in nature, in the woods and along the creek beds of northern Pennsylvania. I developed a sense of awe and respect for the natural world early on and that devotion has never wavered.
Special allowances were made in the course of my education to provide art instruction and the time I needed to focus on it. I studied privately with some tremendous artists and worked with every sort of material I could get my hands on to build my knowledge of mediums.
Plants and flowers fascinated me with their lush shapes and wonderful colors, and I was always interested in looking at botanical renderings and nature studies. To me they were often cold and
impersonal, and that was not how I saw nature. I became captivated with trying to capture and share the world as I saw it.
Welcome to my world.
Judith has been painting and muraling for more than 29 years in private residences and public spaces. She has served as the Membership Chair for the Orlando Chapter of The Women's Caucus for Art, worked on the committee to organize the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, and has planned, organized and hung countless juried shows. In addition, she spent one year as an Artist in Residence at an elementary school where she painted murals with more than 200 PK - 5th grade students.
Judith has developed and hosted wildly popular painting workshops for law enforcement professionals, hospital care-givers, and mental health professionals, and she has created numerous programs to serve at-risk teens.
In 2003 Judith painted a large mural at The National Zoo, and a mural at Patty Summers' Re-Awakening Centre in Virginia. In 2008 a series of signed, limited edition prints were produced that are now offered for sale on Princess Cruise Line and as of 2009 her limited edition prints are now offered on the Cunard Line, Queen Mary 2. Judith continues her work as a muralist and painter in the DC area, and will consider both mural and painting commissions.
Her gorgeous studio space is located in The Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts, VisArts at Rockville, where she is a resident studio artist.