This is our well established feature ‘Meet the Artist’. Every three weeks or so we will be changing the feature to a different artist. This months artist is Judith Hartup. Next month will be Juliet Bennett. If you would like to be included in this feature please let the webmaster know and he will add you to the list.
When Judith retired ten years ago she had not done any painting since leaving school but had the strong desire to put her dormant talent to the test and so attended a Botanical art course at Harlow Carr. Judith still feels fortunate to have found such an inspirational tutor in Colin Swinton who developed within her a new confidence in producing works for exhibitions at Beningbrough Hall and venues in York, Easingwold and Wetherby.
However Colin Swinton was not Judith’s sole inspiration, Mother Nature had a strong hand too so much so that a magnifying glass is one of her favourite ‘art’ tools enabling her to bring to her work the fine detail and subtle changes of colour and form which many botanical subjects including insects, birds and fungi as well as flowers and leaves often keep shielded from the naked eye.
Judith’s paintings are typical of a ‘fine botanical artist’ and those who know her work are much impressed by the detail and precision of her pictures which broadcast her passion for nature in all of its expressive forms.
Experimenting with other media including gold leaf, acrylics, various papers and even expensive vellum keeps moving Judith forward in the development of her passion; several of her works have been sold and two more are now on sale in the shop gallery.
Judith was born in the Peak District and now lives in Newton on Ouse with her husband Brian and her boisterous dog Snowy. She and Brian have both been members of the society for several years and although Brian is taking a ‘sabbatical’ from painting he continues to help with the mounting and framing of Judith’s work and maintains an interest in the society.