Judy Gelfert’s paintings reflect her ever-enthusiastic attention to design and light in everyday surroundings, be it the landscape, urban scene, interior, or figure. Painting loosely with a limited palette of primary colors and white, Judy aims to capture the essence and feel of a scene, leaving detail to the viewer’s imagination.
Currently a resident of Arlington, Texas, Judy grew up on her family’s ranch in Bowie, Texas, where she discovered her joy of drawing and painting at a young age. Her interest in art led her to earn two years of studio art credits at the University of Texas at Austin while majoring in History and German. After graduation, she became a flight attendant and was based in San Francisco, London, Santiago de Chile, and Washington, D.C. During this time, Judy began to focus on oils, painting on her days off, taking advantage of subject-matter inspired by her travels.
In 2002, she became a full-time artist. Since then she has shown her work on the local and national level, winning numerous awards, among them 1st Place in the National Society of Artists’ 22nd National Juried Competition, and entries in the 2005 and 2006 Oil Painters of America National Juried Competition.
Now a busy mother of 2 small children, Judy still paints every chance she gets, and finds endless inspiration in the rugged landscapes of Texas, her native state.
Judy teaches a weekly oil painting class in Irving, Texas, and periodic workshops through various art associations in Texas.