Painting, Mixed media, Fibre
Judith A. Brown is from Spirit River, Alberta and has been artistically inclined since
childhood. She began painting in the early 80s and soon chose watercolour as her main
medium. She has taken courses from Jack Reid, Jake Mohl, Romain Teisenhausen, Bob
Guest, Jim Adrain and Dean Reeves, as well as studying from instructional books, videos
and DVDs. Judy has shown in and spearheaded art shows all over the Peace Country for
many years, often as a member of the Peace Watercolour Society, Fairview Watercolour
Friends, and the Three Generation Watercolour Artists (Mother), or in gallery members’
shows. Her work is in public and private collections in Canada, the U.S., Europe and
Judy was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, but has lived in five of the provinces. After
receiving a Masters degree in biochemistry from York University, Judy focused a
lifelong interest in physical and learning disabilities by working with special needs
children at the public school in Spirit River, where she moved with her husband, Harvey,
in 1977. Today, Judy greatly enjoys retirement from her official career, and while busy
with various community and provincial boards and committees, she always packs a good
supply of brushes and paint when there is a chance for a camping trip.
In her art classes, Judy’s approachable style and knowledge of learning differences
combine with her artistic know how to make art accessible and successful for everyone.
Her students range in age from two to 100: she volunteers at lodges and long term care
units, proving that it’s never too late to pick up a paint brush. She finds art to be an
invaluable tool in her many community endeavors, always stressing sound techniques
along with creativity and discovery.
“My paintings reflect the peacefulness, beauty and serenity of our landscape. Painting is a
way of trying to capture and express these images and feelings on paper.” Judy is awed
by the incredible beauty, colour and atmosphere of the world around us. Her favourite
subjects to paint are water and snow. She is fascinated by the delicate translucence of
prairie skies and finds never ending subject matter in her Peace Country surroundings.
Judy’s adventures in fibre arts are a more recent undertaking. She creates hats, scarves,
wall hangings and sculptures by felting a variety of natural fibres. She “paints with
fibres”, building images with the colours and textures of the wool. Her fibres studio
includes a drum carder, spinning wheel, crochet hooks and a peg loom.