“All my women are redheads,” quips Judy Bauman, Chatham Artists Guild painter with a unique “out of the box” style. Bauman uses acrylic paints to create bold colorful images of structures, figures, still lifes and animals. Her paintings are textural, with a lot of pallet knife work. The images show a reduced perspective and extensive use of line, which gives them a sense of caricature. “Each piece tells me a story” she asserts. “People tell me that they can always recognize my work.”
“I have been painting all my life. My mother was a well know artist in our area in Nebraska.” She has been in the Chapel Hill area since the 80s, her husband a professor in the UNC school of Public Health and her working as a medical social specialist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. “About the turn of the millennium, I retired and began to really advance my art.” She studied from renowned painter Jane Filer. “She encouraged me to experiment and to paint everything.” Cat routinely paints at the Golden Belt in Durham under the leadership of Chad Hughs (sp?).
“The inspiration for my paintings just comes from my head,” Judy observes. “I am always looking for new poses for my figures, especially my chicas.” Chicas are what she nicknames her female figures. “I enjoy solving problems and looking for new ways to express my imagination on canvas.” Each piece takes about one week to complete.
Judy’s paintings sell for from $400 to $1500. “I try to exhibit paintings in a variety of price ranges,” she asserts. “All people deserve to own art,” Her work has been exhibited in galleries in South Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and in various venues here in North Carolina. She participated in the Orange County Studio Tour for several years.
Her figurative paintings like her chicas sell well. “My most popular subject is my series of chef paintings. Folks hang them in kitchens, and they are in a number of restaurants.”
Judy Bauman is enjoying working in her Carolina Meadows studio. “I am so lucky to be doing this, and excited to have art-lovers visit me the first two weekends in December at the 25th Chatham Studio Tour,”