- A Journey in Color and Form-
Judith with Aspen Art Gallery owner, Damian Guillot
Judith Dunbar is a registered nurse in a neonatal intensive care unit... She's always been an artist as well: "There’s always been creativity in our home. We’re all creative in one way or another. My husband is an engineer; I’m a nurse. We’ve always had these other sides to us".
Judith lives in Allen, Texas.
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COLOR AND FORM
She admittedly loves the way that paint builds on a canvas and she has a magnetic attraction to the use of color and form.
Evolvement in art is never ending
She has shed the more traditional genres of her past to experience a more abstract and intuitive direction.
Judith Dunbar embraces the idea that “evolvement in art is never ending.” She has shed the more traditional genres of her past to experience a more abstract and intuitive direction. She explores oils, acrylics and mixed media with great enthusiasm and is in constant drive and desire to experiment with art’s limitless boundaries. She admittedly loves the way that paint builds on a canvas and she has a magnetic attraction to the use of color and form.
Her paintings are not about representation, but about essence. Judith Dunbar’s art, while being figurative is without form creating a visual world where reality is mixed with images from her memory and fantasy. Judith continues a long-standing theme of painting skewed memories and blurred perspectives. There is always a struggle between the ambiguous and the recognizable yet each painting is tied to the present moment in the viewers feeling of “knowing that place”.
The first half of Judith’s professional life was spent working as a registered nurse caring for the critically ill. In order to “decompress” from her medical life, Judith began a small interior design business. It was through this business that she began developing multiple skills as a proficient faux finishing artist. Judith studied under many of the contemporary masters of the faux finishing trade and acquired a unique ability to meld both traditional methods and contemporary methods within her work. The combination of skills and her interest in fine art soon guided Judith into her own artistic direction.
Judith departed from her medical career and fine art development 7 years ago to support and care for the unexpected career of her then 13 yr old daughter. In a strange twist of fate, Judith’s eldest daughter Amanda Dunbar began suddenly painting at a remarkably masterful level while still in middle school. Her phenomenal overnight success required careful thought and guidance. Charged with the responsibility of protecting a very young artistic prodigy, Judith put her own artistic career goals aside. With Amanda’s coming of age and her education and career secured, Amanda encouraged her mother to return to her art and revisit a passion that had been quieted for several years.
Invoking the same temptation as the most delicately frosted confections, my work plays on the sensuality of the senses through its use of texture and shape. These are not meant to be minimalist works that focus on limitations, but rather on the ripeness and lushness of both paint and color. Utilizing a broad spectrum of tools -ranging from the traditional, to the more experimental- I articulate fantastic shapes cultivated from my mind by sculpting the paint and integrating delicate variegations in each mark. Resultant is series of paintings celebrating the richness of paint as a three dimensional medium, the boldness of color in both its purest form, and the explosion of the earth’s bounty through the lens of my artistic imagination.“
Judith Dunbar was born in Ontario, Canada. She graduated from College in Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada and currently holds a BSN-NIC degree. She has enjoyed a long-term nursing career in Level 4 NICU and enjoys a lengthy and thriving art career as well. Judith moved to Dallas, Texas with her family in 1994 and raised 2 children with her husband. She is mother to famed art prodigy Amanda Dunbar and is a studio artist creating the popular Precious Rebels crystal art guitar collection. Judith currently works at a hospital in Plano, Texas and sells her art and paintings worldwide.
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