BIOGRAPHY

Judith's paintings reflect her enduring and exuberant passion for her rural upbringing. Raised in Marriott, Utah, next door to her grandparents' farm, Judith grew to love and enjoy the feel of nature and wading ankle deep in the water on irrigation days. She observed her Grandfather's chickens, cows, horses and the scary bull. Judith caught bugs, frogs and spiders, and cut fresh flowers with her Grandmother for the dining room table. She was taught about double blossom lilacs and storing squash, onions and root vegetables in the cellar for winter. Like Siddhartha, she was “waiting, watching, and listening."

Judith is the second of six children and struggled to find her identity in a large, artistic family. Her father's great love of animals, fields of alfalfa and trees of all varieties and her mother's musical gifts as a violinist, vocalist and composer left a lasting impression on her. These qualities became the foundation of her artistic beginnings.

Judith Blair Peterson

After teaching piano for 20 years and operating her own floral and gift businesses, Judith found her voice and a path to express harmony, beauty and the interconnectedness of all sentient beings and things through her art.

Judith enjoys writing Haiku and other forms of poetry. Her artistic sensibilities and keen entrepreneurial interests have merged in her love of oil painting. She is a champion of the “underdog” and enjoys mentoring young adults. She enjoys music, reading, opera, travel and independent art films.

Judith lives near Salt Lake City where she has access to snow-capped mountains, aspen trees, southern Utah’s picturesque red rock and rural farmlands. She has traveled throughout the United States, Japan, China, Nicaragua, Italy, France, Spain, Mozambique and South Africa.

Judith launched her professional art career in 2010 and enjoyed great success at her first one-woman show in the Fall of 2011 where she exhibited 60 paintings. Judith’s work is exhibited in both solo and juried shows and in corporate and private collections. Her work has been accepted in the Springville Museum of Art’s prestigious annual Spring Salon and annual Religious and Spiritual juried shows. Judith has studied with Susan Jarvis, Scott Wallace and Bonnie Posselli.

ARTIST STATEMENT

With curiosity, spontaneity and a serious mind, I walk my path seeing beauty in life's impermanence and in “the moments of happiness.” I express these unique and “ineffable moments” as an impressionist and as a lover of “The Art of Impasto.” My emphasis is on pastoral scenes, hay bales and all things Asian. Bold colors, brush and strong knife work bring surface texture, energy and interest to each canvas.

With an eye for design and a flair for making a simple landscape interesting, I enjoy preparing thick, luxuriant paint, drawing the viewer into my work. My ultimate intention is to bring beauty and inspiration to the canvas using subtle hues and a unique style of Impasto. I find joy in painting and receiving the benefit of creativity, spontaneity and harmony.

HAIKU/POETRY
As a gift to accompany each painting, I compose an original Haiku which expresses a thematic comment on the painting.
EXHIBITS:
  • 2017 Utah State Fair, Professional Honoable Mention, Beauty Afloat
  • Solo Exhibits, Summer 2014, Michael Berry Gallery & Framing, July 17 thru September 5,
         Images of a Pastoral Life - July 17-19
         Asian Oils - Artist's Reception August 15 & 16
  • Utah State Fair, Second Place Winner, 2014
  • One Woman Show, Images of a Pastoral Life July 17 - September 5, 2014, Michael Berry Gallery & Framing
  • 28th Annual Spiritual & Religious Art of Utah Exhibition Nov 20, 2013 - Jan 15, 2014
  • Alderwood Christmas Miniature Show - 2013
  • 2013 Utah State Fair - 3rd Place Winner
  • Solo Exhibit, Salt Lake Town Club, May 7 - July 1, 2013, 1081 East South Temple
  • 27th Annual Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah, Springville Museum of Art – A Night Without Light, 2012
  • Two-Woman Show - Judith Blair Peterson & Holly Gornik, December 7-16, 2012, 21st Studios
  • 26th Annual Religious and Spiritual Art of Utah, Springville Museum of Art – Still Small Voice/Buddha, 2011
  • One Woman Show – The Art of Impasto, October 2011, 21st Studios Gallery
  • 86th Annual Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art – In the Stillness, 2010
  • Bountiful Davis Art Center State Wide Competition, Spring 2010
GALLERIES:
  • Gallery 873, Kayenta, Ivins, Utah

Look for Judith’s unique artist’s signature representing her name, her easel and her business name, “Inspiration and Design by Judith.”

Judith Blair Peterson
Visit Judith on the web at: www.judithblairpeterson.com or www.paletteknifeimpressions.com