Judy Mason's Brief Biography
Judy Mason has been painting for many years, and has studied extensively under Doug Walton. In addition to her work, she also teaches Art to both children and adults. Judy has exhibited work at numerous local, regional and International venues. She is a member of several local Art venues, and is represented by the Center for Contemporary Art in Abilene and the Firehouse Art Gallery in Weatherford.
Judy's Artistic Journey
Being raised in Abilene, Texas, there was mainly sports and riding bikes for enjoyment. Exposure to the Arts was minimal. I loved to draw and color but never thought about being an artist. After marriage and children, I began painting in a very traditional manner as the only thing I knew. If one was able to make a painting look just like that which you were looking at, one was considered talented. This concept went on for years as I struggled to find pleasure in such a task.
In 1986, there was a teacher from Louisiana, M. Douglas Walton, who came to Arlington, Texas, to teach a 2-week workshop. I was reluctant to give 2 weeks toward something that I felt would just be more frustrating. Needless to say, I went and ----------
WOW! I learned to be the creative artist who could have a good time drawing and painting the way I saw things, but in a different way than just ordinary. I studied with Walton 16 straight years and now and then at present.
Because I was able to learn creative art in a very unique way, I now teach using Walton’s methods. That would be teaching by letting the students create using the Elements of Design as a platform to allow the artwork to direct the viewer through the painting or sculpture. It is not about “what it is” but rather “how it is done”. When the creative process is used, there are endless possibilities in producing one piece of artwork. How great is that for a brain to have access to?
The journey has been a struggle at times and deep pleasure in finding resolutions. You never Know what will show up in the end.
Judy Mason’s Art Statement:
Man was meant to create and make a better world around about. The beauty of nature and all the abstract shapes that make up many objects here on Earth, stimulates our creativity. I enjoy finding those abstractions and applying them in my artwork. It gives movement and interest to a surface. It brings entertainment and fulfillment in discovery. It depletes dullness from our existence.
11th ANNUAL 125-MILE
VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION
January 13-February 25, 2017
Opening Reception January 13, 2017
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
400 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX, 76201
Artists needing assistance with photographing their artwork for submission to the exhibition may be helped by the article Photographing Art for Submission, written by VAST member Tom Judd.
27th ANNUAL VAST MEMBERS EXHIBITION
VAST is holding its annual Members Exhibition from August 12th through September 3, 2016 in the Meadows Gallery of the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, with the opening reception held on Friday August 12th from 5:30 to 7:30.
Robert Sparks "Living Room"
acrylic on masonite $750
Jo Williams Best of Show Award
Kimberly J. Schaefer "Luminous Nest"
oil on canvas $400
First Place PointBank Award
Yun Jung (Yuni) Lee "Psychosis NOS"
mixed media on canvas $325
Second Place Jeanne Heartsill Memorial Award
Krispen Spencer "Divine Intervention"
Third Place Carmen and Jervis Underwood Award
Barbara Evans, Attorney-at-Law Purchase Award
Shubhangi Mantri "Sky is the Limit"
Fourth Place Gail Cope Award
Lori Garner "Wednesday's Child"
colored pencil $150
Pride of Denton Corky Stuckenbruck Memorial Award (chosen by Mayor Chris Watts)
Kenna Boles Prior "While Sleeping"
hand pulled photogravure A/P $100
Honorable Mention 1 Mary Sigle Memorial Award
Ingrid Scobie "Dealing with Greens"
paper on plexiglas $100
Honorable Mention 2 Pauline Morris Memorial Award
Carrie Adamson-Riefler "Insomnia"
metal, hydrostone, and graphite 16" x 13.5" x 10.5" $100
Honorable Mention 3 Claude Cheek Memorial Award
David Adams "Hybrid Lily"
Honorable Mention 4 Department of Visual Arts Texas Woman's University Award
Carolyn Harper "Kiowa Iris"
Honorable Mention 5 SOHO Salon Award
Mindy Faubion "Red Pear"
oil, ink, monotype, and pastel $150
Gelli Arts® Award
Nicola Semenchuk Brady "Man"
Jack Richeson and Co. Inc. Gift Certificate Award
Deepa Koshaley "Lotus"
Jack Richeson and Co. Inc. Gift Certificate Award II
Ellen Frenkel "Discovering Wildflowers"
fiber (dyed silk and cotton quilt) $100
Jack Richeson and Co. Inc. Gift Certificate Award III
Paula McClurg "The Offering"
ceramics and found objects $100
Asel Art Supply Gift Certificate
People’s Choice Award - To Be Determined
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