Artist Statement


I‘ve always been fascinated by all that I see in the natural world. My passion for studying and portraying that beauty is the force behind my paintings.

I paint to capture qualities of shifting light, long vistas of space evoking possibility and freedom, visual evidence of the movements of wind or water, and the complexities of vision, like rocks submerged in water seen through a surface reflection of the sky.

I paint outdoors as much as possible to capture the fleeting drama of light and color, and the personalities of the different geographical areas I visit. I love the cool clarity and luminosity of northern California as well as the transformative fog. When I can’t be outside I paint still-lifes, enjoying ordinary objects caught by a momentary illumination that causes them to glow into being.

I hope that viewing my paintings will inspire others to find pleasure in the ephemeral colors of their surroundings, and influence them to help preserve natural places.


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EDUCATION

BFA, Boston University, School of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 1973

Archeological Illustration, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 1976

Plein Air Painting, Aegean School of Fine Arts, Paros, Greece, 1981


EXHIBITS

Solo Exhibits

“Luminous”, Benicia Plein Air Gallery, Benicia, CA 2017 (featured artist)

“Recent paintings- Judy Feins”, Shadelands Art Center, Walnut Creek, CA, 2017 (by invitation)

“Color and Light”, Plein Air Paintings, Orinda Library Gallery, Orinda, CA, 2016

“A Moment in Time, Still Lifes by Judy Feins” , Heather Farm, Walnut Creek, CA, 2015 (by invitation)

“Recent Paintings”, Orinda Library Art Gallery, Orinda, CA, 2012

“Celebrating the Earth”, Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, CA, 2008 (by invitation)

“Recent Work”, Hilliard Gallery, Post Street, San Francisco, CA, 2006 (by invitation)

“Paintings and Pastels”, Moraga Library, Moraga, CA, 2004


Juried Group Shows include

“Small”, Jennifer Pearlmutter Gallery, Lafayette, CA 2017

“Celebrating the Natural World”, Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery, San Ramon, CA 2017

“Tiny”, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2017

“Waterworks”, Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA 2016

“Impulse”, ARC Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2016

“Aqua”, Rte.One Gallery, Pt Reyes Station, CA 2016

“Fresh Work”, Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton, CA, 2015

“Life in the Creek”, Centennial Display, Walnut Creek, CA 2014

“Vision 2013”, Blackhawk Gallery, Danville, CA, 2013

“Artistic Fusion”, Blackhawk Gallery, Danville, CA, 2012

“New Walnut Creek Library Show”, Walnut Creek,CA 2010

“Local Voices 2008”, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center, Walnut Creek, CA, 2008

“Poems without Words, Contemporary California Landscapes”,Santa Cruz,CA, 2008

“The Art of the Healer”, The Northern California Dream Institute, Berkeley, CA, 2006


Invitational Group Shows include

“Outside Space (5 Plein Air Artists)”, Walnut Creek City Hall, Walnut Creek, CA 2015

Collector’s Gallery, Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco, CA, 2015

Kaiser Permanente, “Landscapes”, San Ramon, CA 2013

“Lamorinda Landscape Artists”, Arts and Culture Commission, Martinez, CA, 2012

“Arts in Bloom”, Orinda Arts Council, Orinda, CA, 2012

“Colors of the Carquinez”, Crockett, CA 2011

“No Place Like Home”, Hilliard Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2007

“New Work”, Lesa Johnson Gallery, Lafayette, CA 2007


GALLERIES

Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

Benicia Plein Air Gallery, Benicia, CA

Diablo Fine Arts Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA


AWARDS include

Featured Artist, “Life in the Creek”, Shadelands , ongoing public display, Walnut Creek, CA 2014

Honorable Mention, Lesher Foundation, Bedford Gallery, “Walnut Creek Turns 100”, 2014

First Prize, for “Along the Navarro River”, “Contemporary Landscape Painters of California”, Statewide juried exhibit, Santa Cruz, CA 2008


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Artwork reviewed by Robert Taylor of the Contra Costa Times, and described as “inviting” and “luminous.”

Principal Illustrator, Coastal Access Guide, California Coastal Commission, 1987

Archeological Illustrator, University of California, Berkeley, 1991