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Judy Jackson is a contemporary artist who has nurtured her vibrant and dynamic painting style for over 30 years. Her work often encompassing layers of vibrant colour and texture, as she renders visual stories in bold and expressive strokes. Persistence, humour, community, family, and friendships are the important elements that inspire and drive her commitment as a visual artist. Jackson regularly gathers a collaborative community of friends and artists for art workshops in her studio, which contribute to her artistic practice. Throughout Judy’s thirty-year career she has consistently developed and refined her technique which is evident in the high-quality work she exhibits.
Born in Sydney’s leafy harbour-side suburb of Rose Bay, Jackson was inspired by the surrounding harbour and cityscapes from an early age and capturing the beauty of unique Sydney hues became one of her lifetime pursuits, with many of these works held in private collections. Jackson first began her studies in California, completing a Diploma of Art at Fullerton College and then returning to Australia to gain a further two qualifications at UNSW with a Bachelor of Art Education from City Art Institute and a Master of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from the College of Fine Art.
Jackson has worked as a visual arts teacher in secondary schools across NSW while also establishing herself as an exhibiting artist in Sydney. Her postings at regional and remote schools exposed her to contrasting Australian landscapes, often a dramatic departure from the Sydney Harbour-scape she grew up with in Rose Bay.
A deep love of water and landscape drew Jackson to Tasmania and in 2015 she settled in the Huon Valley, where her studio overlooks Port Cygnet and is reminiscent of Margaret Olley’s world; filled with art books, garlic, curios teapots and collections, sculpture made of found objects and a plethora of art equipment: printing press, brushes, canvas’s, palettes of paint, cutting boards and canvas’s lining all the walls.
Since re-locating to Tasmania, the artist has exhibited in a variety of solo and group exhibitions with her work including themes of land and sea scape’s, personal studio studies, Cygnet folk life and the story of Kate and Gustav Weindorfer of Cradle Mtn.