Artist Statement

I‘m fascinated by all that I see in the natural world. My passion for portraying that beauty is the force behind my paintings.

The fleeting drama of weather and atmosphere creates an unending joyful challenge.

I paint to celebrate the qualities of shifting light, long vistas of space that evoke possibility and freedom, and the brilliant tranquility of light on water. I love the cool clarity and luminosity of northern California and it’s mysterious transformative fog.

I enjoy studying and painting the layered complexities of visual phenomena, like rocks submerged in water, seen through a surface reflection of the sky, and abstracted by ripples or wind.

It’s also exciting to explore and paint the personalities of different geographical areas, and capture remnants of California’s history and culture, it’s coastal villages, small family farms and ranches.

I hope that viewing my paintings will bring pleasure and inspiration to others.




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




de Young Museum, "Open" Juried exhibit, San Francisco, CA, 2020



“Water Illuminated: a Visual Journey” EBMUD gallery space, Oakland, CA, 2018 (by invitation) with Sheila Reid, photographer

“Shimmer and Glow” , Benicia Plein Air Gallery, Benicia, CA, 2018, (featured artist)

“Celebrating Light”, Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA, 2018 (by invitation)

“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)



“Looking Up”, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2022

“Three Artists: de Young Open Exhibit”, Lamorinda Art Association, Virtual, 2020

“Shelter in Studio Project: Bay Area Artists”, Virtual, 2020

“Winter Show, Studio 55”, Martinez, CA, 2018

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

Collector’s Gallery, Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco, CA, 2015 and 2016

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

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



“Delicious“, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2022

“Art in Place“, Harrington Gallery - Pleasanton, Virtual, 2020

“Transforming“, ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA, 2018

“Life in the Bay”, Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA, 2018

“Small”, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Lafayette, CA, 2017 and 2018

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

“Tiny”, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020

“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, 2016, 2017

“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


GALLERIES currently representing work

Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA


AWARDS include

NOAPS Spring International Online Exhibit, 200 paintings chosen from 1500 entries, 2022

Second Place, Slopes of Diablo, Valley Art Gallery, Jurist, Randall Sexton, 2022

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



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