Artist of the Month
Judy Sinclair has loved art since she was born. It’s always been a part of her life, from her father’s carpentry – building
homes and creating detailed work – to her high school art classes. It was her wonderful art teacher there who told her the world is full of artists, and you have to do something different to stand out. This filled her with a need to create something no one else has done.
Judy has been a full-time artist for nine years. While she does some acrylic pouring, mixed media/collage pieces are
her passion. She uses acrylic paint and other materials, such as handmade paper (some she makes herself), stained glass, Formica, semi-precious stones, rocks, etc. She also creates a frame with complementary colors to go around each piece, so it becomes part of the artwork. Her work has been described as a cross between realism and surrealism.
Color motivates her art, and she understands it affects people in different ways. Judy wants her work to be full of color, because she doesn’t think people have enough of it in their lives and she wants to make them happier. It’s cathartic for her as well. She said, “Art feeds my soul. It’s my happy place…all the stress goes away when I work on my paintings.”
Judy’s husband was in the air force over 25 years. During this time, they traveled extensively and were stationed around the world where she gathered inspiration from nature, architecture, and museums. She recounted one experience when she was able to see the masters in person by visiting the Louvre Museum and Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France. Judy is also influenced by artists such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, Peter Max, and Salvador Dalí.
Judy moved to Tennessee to be closer to her family about 12 years ago. She loves being outside in nature, going to the Smokies, and drinking in the different colors of trees, streams, and meadows. Native American art and Southwestern decor also inspire her, because she has some Cherokee heritage and used to frequently visit New Mexico.
Judy has been a member of the Tennessee Artists Association for two years. She has shown work in the last two Fall Juried Art Shows, and had a piece win first place in 2018. Judy was also honored as the 2015 Featured Dogwood Artist, where they reproduced her painting as a poster to sell during the arts festival. Her work has been displayed and sold at the Village Fine Art Gallery, Good Scents, Lizbeth & Company Art Gallery, and White Dog Gallery. Currently, her work can be found at Knoxville Soap & Company and Fitness, Wisdom & Wellness, where she just had a reception. You can also find more of her work on Facebook, on a page called Colors and Collages: