Oil on canvas
4"H x 4"H
Artist: JUDY BOYD ARLEDGE
Grew up at the foot of Mars Hill Mountain on a farm with rolling hills and a picturesque landscape. Throughout my childhood I developed a great appreciation for the beauty of nature and always had an interest in drawing.
My dreams of gaining the knowledge to capture art in some form became a reality in 1969 when I was a Navy wife and living in Japan. I was fortunate to have exposure to painting with oils from a Japanese artist while living there. One of my first paintings was of the unique beauty of Mt Fuji. Living in Japan unfortunately turned into only a year’s stay when the Navy moved us to Hawaii.
Once back in the states, one of my first job opportunities was working at the Museum of Art at Bowdoin College where I was introduced to all the different mediums of art and appreciation of the great artist such as Winslow Homer.
It wasn’t until after my retirement from Bath Iron Works that I pursued lessons in painting with oils from Kerstin Engman at River Art in Damariscotta in 2015, on Color Theory. My art was juried selected for an exhibition at Rivers Art Gallery in Damariscotta during this time.
I mostly paint for pleasure in a portrait of someone’s beloved dog, neighbors’ home in the winter, or special flowers. Lighthouses, ocean views, birds, fruit and a variety of other subject matter photographed by a friend, Greg Gallant, I also attempt to capture on canvas. I have been known to paint vegetables and the goats from Scatter Good Farm in the past also.
When I left Japan in 1970, I stocked up on many good oils, and they are used in the paintings offered in the Art Auction at Growing To Give.
I have been volunteering at Growing to Give as a Gleaner for Androscoggin County and as a worker on the farm for the past two years. I am amazed at the beautiful organic vegetables that are harvested to help the surrounding communities including Lisbon where I deliver to low income senior housing residents.
I was encouraged by the people that own and manage Growing To Give to participate in the Art Auction since they had seen samples of my paintings. What inspired me to offer a piece of art for the Auction? I value that there are such great people that work diligently to feed the less fortunate and with the Corona virus and stores being closed, it was even more important to raise money to support farms like Scatter Good. Because I couldn't work on the farm this year because of the virus, this would be my way of contributing.
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