Wild in the Country
SMALLWORK CANVAS EDITION - JL00062
NOTES: Judy’s newest Greenwich Workshop Fine Art edition is a delightful rendering of a wild foal and his dam. Basking both in the sunlight and in his mother’s love, this spring arrival celebrates his wildness and his joy of living. Nothing heralds springtime quite like new little ones born in the wild. Curious and eager to explore, there is still the desire to remain close by mother’s side, protected and adored.
Can you see the camouflaged image in Wild in the Country? Judy often conceals another image within her paintings. Sometimes it is a Native American legendary figure, sometimes an animal spirit and sometimes, as in this painting, she includes a companion species. Take a close look at the mother’s hide on the left. Joining this new foal is a hidden wolf pup who is equally ready to celebrate the new world around him!
Wild in the Country SMALLWORK EDITION ON Canvas by Judy Larson is signed by the artist and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
image Copyright © 2024 by Judy Larson
Judy Larson always knew she was going to be an artist. She was surrounded by them as a child, and was particularly inspired by her father, a professional illustrator. Judy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Art from Pacific Union College in Northern California, then spent the next 17 years as a commercial artist, illustrator and art director. In 1988, influenced by her love of nature and animals, Judy devoted her time to wildlife art. Her primary focus in each of her paintings is the animal, with the horse as a recurring subject. Her unique approach to her work is through the use of scratch board--a technique that can render magnificent detail but one requiring infinite patience. Scratch board, an old, but little used medium, consists of a smooth, thin surface of hardened China clay applied to a board. The subject is then painted solidly with black India ink to create a silhouette. Now the exacting work begins, engraving the image into the surface of the artwork. While many artists use steel nibs or engraving tools, Judy prefers to work with X-acto blades, changing them ever few minutes to produce as fine a line as possible. Once the subject has been totally scratched, it is a finished black and white illustration, ready for the artist to add color. The methods of adding color are diverse. Judy prefers a combination of airbrush, gouache or acrylics for finishing, with frequent rescratching for detail. Scratch board is a demanding medium, one that Judy has used masterfully in developing her unique approach to wildlife art.