MY ART STORY by

Jean M. Judd

Cushing
Wisconsin

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Multi-colored abstract textile with circular pattens

"Abstract Textures." Photo courtesy of Jean M. Judd

In looking back over my 52 years on this earth, I realize that the Arts have been a part of my life from the beginning. From developing a love for books and reading as a child, to writing my own stories as a teenager, to my current journey in textile art.

Literary art was the beginning for me. I was captured by the story telling of James Michener, Herman Wouk, James Clavell, John Tolland and many others. Libraries were my playground and writing studio, the stories took me to places and times that I had not experienced. Taking the safe, practical route after high school, I went to college for accounting and worked in the publishing business while self-educating myself in textile art and design until I was ready to take the step to full time studio artist.

Color has always been present in my textile work from hand dyeing my own fabrics for my fine art exhibition pieces, to dye painting more recent series work. Almost all genres of art have had an impact on how I see the world and reflect it in my work.

Studio glass’ vibrant colors and swirls can be seen in many of my textile artworks. The lines and rings brought to live in studio woodturning pieces also have influenced some of my work. Sculptural work can be seen in my work with the rust pigmentation that enhances my Contaminated Water series exhibition work.

As I come full circle back to my first love of literature, my textile work of the last twenty five years are now being incorporated into my exploration of writing again. The first four books in two series, An Artist’s Journey and Quetico: An Artist’s Experience, have already been published with several more books scheduled for release in the next three years in these series and a third series in the development stage.

Inspirational museum visits across the United States have helped to keep me energized in my studio practice and excited to enter the studio every day to see where current work will lead me to next. Having my work seen by art enthusiasts in over 100 fine art exhibitions across the US and Canada keeps me creating more work for exhibitions and private commissions.

While not directly impacting myself (via artist grants), the NEA has made art accessible for me through museums, art institutions and showcasing grant artists through articles and videos. All of these things influence artists across the world and keep artists in touch with what is happening in all aspects of the Arts.

Woman at a drafting table working on a multi-colored rectangular piece

Jean M. Judd in her studio. Photo courtesy of the artist