Judith lives in Sandwich, Kent. The subject matter for her paintings is drawn mainly from the Kent countryside and the sea as well as her garden.
She paints mainly in oils from drawings and oil sketches made in situ and completing the work in her studio. She also works larger paintings from memory and imagination.
Judith’s painting is, to a certain extent, representational. It begins with ideas and sketches based on strong observation. Once the composition has been decided upon, the reality is not so necessary for her to develop the painting. This enables her to create the light and atmosphere with tone, colour and brushwork.
Strong shapes are worked with large brushes and rags and she finally tightens up on certain areas where she wants more detail and focus. For this she use smaller brushes and a rigger for the final drawing and mark making.
Judith was born in Welling Kent in 1952.
She studied at Maidstone College of Art in Kent where she gained a BA Honours degree in Fine Art.
Whilst at college she was awarded the David Murrey Scholarship for landscape painting in 1974.
After leaving college Judith taught drawing and painting at Adult Education Centres in Kent and later in Windsor. Here she also taught ‘A’ level and GCSE Art and drawing and painting for the BTEC Design and Display course.
In 1998 Judith moved back to Kent to paint full time.
20002 Elected Member of The Small Painting Group
1988 Christies Award at the New English Art Club Annual Open Exhibition
1989 Goldline Oil Painting Award at Britain’s Painters Exhibition
1990 Open College Award at the Britain’s Painters Exhibition
2001 The Fabbrica Prize at the Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition
2002 The Artists Magazine Prize at the Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition
2003 The de Laszlo Medal at the Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition
2005 The UBS Award at the Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition
2008 Humprey’s Purchase Prize at the Discerning Eye Exhibition
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Discerning Eye (including invited artist by William Bowyer RA and John Deston)
Russell Gallery Putney, Putney, London (group and two solo exhibitions)
Geedon Gallery, Fingringhoe, Colchester, Essex
Jerram Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset.
Josephine Harpur Gallery, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
In Conversation, The Artist, October 2002
Soft Light in Oils, The Artist, April 2006
Land and Sea, January 2011
In the studio with Judith Gardner, Artists and Illustrators, March 2013