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Looking Out The Window

7/22/2015

The well-known American “primitive artist” Grandma Moses was once asked how she found her inspiration. She replied, “I look out the window sometimes to seek the color of the shadows and the different greens in the trees, but when I get ready to paint, I just close my eyes and imagine a scene.” Much like Grandma Moses, who did not begin painting until later in life, local artist Judith Visker also lived an expansive and full life before she jumped into a box of paints, brushes in hand, and never looked back.

Judith was raised on a farm in southwestern Minnesota.  She attended a very small local school in Ellsworth, MN with very limited resources for visual arts appreciation or gaining exposure to the broader world of art. Judith was keenly interested in the visual arts in the spirit of her close family member, second cousin, Robert Rauschenburg. Completing high school, Judith went on to nursing school at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD for three years, receiving a Diploma of Nursing. In the next 30 years, Judith enjoyed a career in nursing as a RN. In 1990, Judith returned to college at Minnesota State University Mankato, graduating in 1998 with her Bachelors of Fine Arts. Judith then went on to complete her Masters in Studio Art in 2002. She has continued to keep current by attending workshops offered by well-known artists. Judith credits them with influencing her own growing and changing body of work. As she reflects back to when she first started painting, she said she now has left the reference to photos behind, as a result, becoming more stylized and non-objective in her subject matter. Judith refers to it as linear expressionism.

Most days will find Judith at her studio at Wham Community Art Center in Surprise. There she serves as the Gallery Director and she loves being around the creative people that work and show their creations in this open community space. Most of Judith’s work is done with acrylic paints. Occasionally she works in oils, but those are done in her home studio.  She stays active in her community of Surprise teaching classes and doing demonstrations for other artists, as well.

Judith also shows her work throughout the valley. She states her favorite open studio show of the year is definitely the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour, sponsored by the Sonoran Arts League, the last two weekend of every November. Judith enjoys meeting her clients and talking about her painting, methods, and inspiration. As she will tell you, she loves every part of the painting process, from stretching her own canvas, creating a thunder of color and pop of form across the canvas, right through to the final coat of protective varnish. Her astonishingly visually quilted works create awe-inspiring patterns of color.

To view a selection of Judith Visker’s work, contact her or purchase a piece of your own visit www.judithviskerart.com. Judith’s work can also be seen at The Wham West Gallery and Art Center, Surprise, AZ, as well as Reset Design, 274 E. Wickenburg Way, Wickenburg, AZ.

Contact Arts Columnist Shea Stanfield at flowingquill@yahoo.com.