21 Bath Street
Drawing is the way in which I research and collect material.
Typically I start with making detailed observational studies
and then in the studio move into a more abstract
interpretation focussing as much on my emotional and
instinctual responses as on the object itself.
I work almost exclusively with homemade gesso, size (a
traditional form of glue) and pure pigment exploring how far
such materials can be taken and their application on different
surfaces. Working in a quick loose way I welcome and yet
seek to control the accidental within my work, trying to
balance expressive energy with sensitivity to detail.
The work I will be showing during Artwalk will be an
Assemble of pieces based on lockdown studies reflecting
diverse themes, from a fascination with the patterns formed
by fragments of coal on sand, to studies of a discarded
Thrush’s nest and finally a series of small paintings depicting
melting Sea Ice.
Although Jude completed an Arts Foundation Programme at Cambridge College of Arts and Technology in the early 1970s, she spent all her working life as an academic. On taking early retirement in 2010 she relocated to Edinburgh and this provided an opportunity for her to resume her creative practice. Between 2011 and 2016 she attended Edinburgh College of Art and Leith School of Art specialising in painting. Since 2017 she has worked from a studio at Edinburgh Palate, St Margarets House, Edinburgh. In Oct 2016 she was awarded a four week residency at Bressay Lighthouse by the Shetland Amenity Trust. This research residency led to a rich stream of work based on Sea Kelp (Laminaria ) which she has exhibited in a variety of places
Dec 2020/Jan 2021 - Society of Scottish Artists online Exhibition
Dec 2020 - Visual Arts Scotland online Exhibition
May 2020 - Solo Exhibition (postponed due to Covid 19) North Light Gallery Stromness Orkney
Feb 2020 - The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW) 139th Annual Exhibition
Feb 2020 - Solo Show SeaWrack and Flotsam Skylark Portobello
Dec 2019 - Three-person Exhibition Spoondrift with Jacqui Higgs and Mary Walters. Dundas St Edinburgh.