LIMITED EDITION PRINT - JL00020
NOTES: Judy Larson’s newest work conveys an inspiring message of hope and renewal. Few people know, she explains, that by 1902, the last wild herd of bison numbered only 23 animals. Native Americans had been deprived of a deep spiritual connection with the bison, on whom their culture depended. I am gratified to know that concerted efforts are being made to reintroduce bison on tribal lands. Judy’s art takes us back to Yellowstone in 1902. We see life renewed in the bison calf and the land bringing forth new growth after a fire. Published from the artist’s original scratchboard painting..
THE SURVIVORS Limited Edition by Judy Larson is signed by the artist and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
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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.