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Art of the Carolinas

Judy Crane

Judy is an avid oil painter, plein air painter, and workshop instructor. She has been a full time professional artist for over 20 years. She has studied with many wonderful painters like Kevin McPherson, Camille Przewodek, and Susan Sarback, and several of the Plein Air Painters of America. All of these artist instructors have influenced her work and helped to shape her into the artist and teacher she is today. In her teaching she tries to impart to her students what she has learned from the many instructors that she has studied with over many years. Judy is generous with her knowledge and strives to help each student individually as much as possible. She teaches a plein air style that is quick and yet deliberate. The focus is on shape, value, color and design. Her workshops “loosen up” the “tight” painter, placing emphasis on what is really important in a painting rather than the details. She has a teaching DVD, “Reflections of Nature,” that is available. She has traveled and painted in “plein air” on location in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and many areas of the US. She paints in a manner that lets the viewer see the subject as the eye sees a scene, not in photographic focus, but with atmosphere and depth of field. She captures the sophisticated; lush colors of nature and of our man made environment, and presents them in a believable and exciting way. For the observer her work conveys a feeling of “being there.” Her works are included in many corporate collections, including SAS Institute, Glaxo Smith Klein, Duke University Medical Center, and Progress Energy. Her paintings are also featured in numerous hospitals, hotels and banks as well as many private collections.
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