always been a big part of Judy’s life. As she grew up in the small
Northern California town of Nevada City, she was involved in
every aspect of horsemanship, from rodeos and roping to
showmanship and jumping. Some of her fondest years were
spent helping her father show their Arabian horses all over
the West Coast.
Later, she spent
many years on a cattle ranch in Eastern Oregon where she
learned the western way of life.
Judy on 1959 Cow Palace
Champion Arabian mare FERZARA
It was also at
this time that, at a local foundry, she became familiar with the process of casting
bronze sculpture. Fascinated by this process, she created and
cast her first sculpture, the image of a Scottish Terrier that
belonged to some close friends. This media captivated her and
she continued to refine her talent.
returning to her hometown, she focused her creativity on
sculpture and added jewelry to her accomplishments. As her
career expanded, she was featured in national magazines such as
The Equine Image, California Horse Review, Equine Visions, The
Draft Horse Journal, Horses in Art and American Cowboy magazine.
accomplishment is creating art in relief form. She was
commissioned to create 20 animals of the world for a prestigious
new veterinary hospital in New Holland Township, Michigan.
This art form has expanded into creating privately commissioned
portraits of beloved animals.
Much of Judy’s
work is commissioned. In addition to her private collectors, she
was selected to create a bronze of an Arabian Sporthorse as a
memorial award for Ann T. Bowling, a University of California
Equine geneticist. She has also created perpetual trophies and
awards for the North American Trail Riding Conference, The
Bolinas Ride and Tie Race, The Ted Schaps Hunter Sweepstakes,
Art Wolleson Log Skidding Memorial, The Ultimate Hitch Award at
the Draft Horse Classic, as well as creating the Draft Horse
Classic show awards for the past 12 years.
“Horses are the
real work of art. I have just been given the privilege of
recreating that form and making it timeless. I think equine
artists, no matter what media they use, have a special passion
for the animals they portray; it’s part of our being. Anytime I
hear the word “horse”, it makes my head turn.”
Cattlemen’s Western Art Show, San Luis Obispo, CA
American Academy of Equine Art, Lexington, KY
at the Classic, Grass Valley, CA
Sedona Sculpture Walk, Sedona, AZ
American Women Artist’s National Competition, Santa FE,
Celebration of Western Art, Grand National Livestock
Exhibition, San Francisco, CA.