Though she is Australian Judith’s art owes much to the traditions of English Sporting Art with its inherent understanding and respect for the history of hunting, and the classic depiction of the horse and hound. However, her fresh and individual style brings a modern approach to the subject that captures both the energy and colour of a moment in time, and presents it to the viewer with a unique style and artistic flair. An ardent admirer of hunting and all of its charms, Judith’s paintings interweave the synergy of past and present traditions with the beauty and light of the landscape. Though she is an Associate of the Society of Equestrian Artists whose annual exhibition we support with a perpetual trophy we at Baily’s had not seen her work before so selecting the images for this article has been an exceptional pleasure
Judith claims that “The job of an artist is to deepen the mystery of the subject”. Her essentially suggestive approach to watercolours is a unique style where she likes to preserve the white of the paper, leaving the viewer to fill in the mystery for themselves.
Judith grew up in an artistic environment, her Belgian-born grandfather, a professional artist, was her first artistic mentor throughout her school years. She remembers that her first scribbling’s of horses began very early but her real passion for horses began at about the age of 8 years when she started riding progressing through to showing and dressage.
After completing secondary school Judith ventured out as a self-employed artist, choosing her tutors in oil and watercolour developing her natural talent and practising traditional painting techniques as used by The Old Masters. She says that her painting has been influenced by the great works of John Singer-Sargent, Philip de Laszlo, Sir Alfred Munnings and Australian Hans Heysen.
Some 30 years later Judith was commissioned to paint at The Spanish Riding School of Vienna and within the Australian racing industry receiving commissions of famous Racehorses including Black Caviar. To date Judith has had 5 solo exhibitions and her latest publication of her work with the renowned author and racing expert Les Carlyon, and his book on “Bart”.
Of late, her understanding and passion for hounds has seen a new body of work “Drawn to the Field” featuring hounds from some of the most prestigious hunts in England. This new work is receiving critical acclaim amongst both the hunt community and collectors alike. Judith will be travelling to the USA this year to further her portfolio for “Drawn to the Field”, a record of time in modern day hunting that will be preserved for future generations.