Lone Star painter creates dozens of landscapes.
By day, Judy Owen is a successful inside sales
representative at ABS Texas. But by night and on weekends, Judy
immerses herself in a world of lush forests, snow-topped mountains,
beachscapes, deserts, and alpine lakes.
Judy, you see, is an accomplished landscape painter
and to date shes completed nearly 300 canvases. While thats
remarkable by itself, whats even more noteworthy is that
Judy didnt begin painting until three and a half years ago.
Shes averaged almost 100 paintings a year.
Inspired by Bob Ross Joy of Painting
In February 2002, Judy was tuned in to The
Joy of Painting, the TV program hosted by Bob Ross. The
show inspired her to pick up a brush and try her own hand at painting.
Judy set up a makeshift studio in her parents
garage and over time she converted one of her homes bedrooms
into a permanent studio. Almost everyone who sees Judys
work is surprised to learn that shes never had an art lesson.
Creative expression doesnt need lessons,
Judy explains. Anyone can do what I do. If the desire is
there, you find the way.
Dozens of sales to date.
Judy estimates shes sold upward of 100 paintings,
most of them for a very reasonable $30. On more than one occasion,
Judy has been told by a buyer that she should charge more. She
smiles and says,
I just want to make enough to keep me stocked
with canvas and oils.
Judys creations are all oil paintings. While
most of Judys artwork has been purchased by home owners
and apartment residents, her paintings are also displayed in her
dentists office and in the lobby at the ABS Texas office.
Her favorite painting? Its a landscape that
depicts golden autumn foliage, with sunshine beaming onto a path
that leads into a forest. That particular piece of artwork is
not for saleits hanging proudly in Judys living
A most forgiving medium and a most satisfying
One of the reasons Judy enjoys painting with oil
is because its the most forgiving paint medium. Unlike water
colors, for instance, oils can can be painted over. If I
goof up a mountain, I can just put a tree in front of it,
When shes deeply involved in a painting, a
few hours can seemingly dissolve in minutes. Im literally
in another world, Judy says. Everything else goes
away and nothings on my mind except painting.
Its very satisfying to create things.