In 2008 Judy Knott went on an art studio tour in Elk Grove California where she was living at the time. A friend of her husband had just given her some oil paints and a small easel. At the last tour stop she met Kate Anderson whose artwork she admired and who had decided to start teaching art again. She jumped at the chance to take lessons. “Thank goodness that my first experience learning how to paint was from someone who knew how to bring out the best in me,” she said.
Judy has gone on to receive her Master Artist certification and has shown her work at Crocker Art Museum, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art and the California State Fair. She has won many awards in both local, national and international art shows.
When asked what inspires her, she responds “There are so many things that inspire me it’s hard to list them all. What I can say is this…colors and shadows intrigue me as do old structures and interesting shapes. I love animals, so they do pop into my artwork as well. Travel also gives me ideas from just being around other people and cultures.”
Recently she has been painting more abstractly although staying true to her representational roots. Thus, her abstracts always have an element of realism in them. Her artwork has been called painterly, inventive, fun and colorful, with a little wit thrown in on the side. “I want to have fun creating my art and for those who see it to have fun as well. I hope viewers will do the same thing I do when I finish a painting—smile.”
Visit Judy’s website at http://knottjustart.com to view more of her artwork.