Those who know me are aware that I am all about art and help the artists in my community with new websites, maintenance on their existing sites, and with computer, social media and Photoshop editing skills. Judy is one of my clients - I maintain her website and she is a member of my regional artist promotion website, www.soartists.com. I also serve on the board of the small art center "Art Presence" in my town.
Judy was born and raised in Hawaii. Her father was a photographer and taught her much about the life and species in Hawaii, and instilled in her the values that made her who she is today - a beautiful, caring woman, a wonderful artist, and a compassionate friend to many. I stopped by Art Presence the other day as the artists were hanging their new works for the month and it was a good thing I brought my camera because she had a number of new works she wanted me to photograph. They were all beautiful, but her new series "Save Our Oceans" shows me a new development in her work. She had never used it for activism before, and not only is it some of the most beautiful work I've seen from her yet, I was impressed with her first venture in this direction.
In her introduction, she states: We need to be more mindful of things that are thrown into our oceans and sea life that are endangered! “Plastics in particular are a threat to vanishing marine species and their fragile habitats – more damaging than climate change! As oceans teeter on the brink of irrevocable decline, they send a message to humanity,... your health and well-being may also be at risk.” (“Plastic Ocean”, by Capt. Charles Moore)
But it's her silk paintings that really tell us how she feels. Please click the images to view a larger version, then mouse over to reveal the "Next" button and click through the sequence of all six images.
Judy also makes beautiful handsewn kimonos and Japanese Happi coats. If you would like to contact her about permission to use her art images in conjunction with an environmental activism campaign, you can contact me or visit her website Dragonfly Designs West her Facebook page, or her Etsy site