JUDITH GARDNER N.E.A.C., R.B.A.
Born in 1952, Judith studied at Maidstone College of Art in Kent where she gained a BA Honours degree in Fine Art. Whilst there, in 1974, she was awarded the David Murrey Scholarship for landscape painting.Following Art College Judith taught drawing and painting at schools in Kent and Berkshire. In 1998 Judith moved back to Kent where she commenced to paint full time. Talking about her work she says:"My painting is to a certain extent representational. It begins with an idea based on strong observation. Once the composition has been decided upon, the reality is not so essential in order for me to develop the painting. This enables me to create the light and atmosphere with tone, colour and brushwork. The subject matter for my paintings is drawn mainly from the Kent countryside and the sea as well as the garden. Strong shapes are worked with large brushes and rags and I finally tighten up on certain areas where I want more detail and focus. For this I use smaller brushes and a rigger for the final drawing and mark making."Much of her work could be described as a gentle reflection of the English countryside; this is an elusion as there is an intensity in the manner in which she captures the atmosphere and the changing seasons.In 2000 she was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists, in 2002 was elected to the Small Paintings Group and in 2009 was elected to the New English Art Club.