Judith Olivia HeartSong is a professional artist of more than twenty-five years with a penchant for exuberant color. As a painter she creates splashy watercolors featuring abstracted women and acrylics of bold, iconic flowers. There is a seamless flow from one beautiful thing to another in her work with a dreamlike quality that delights.
An exploration of mixed media began with a course at the Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, Florida, and since then mixed media additions tend to find their way into the paintings the artist creates. Mixed media boxes incorporate words, images, and found objects housed in shadowbox forms; and most recently Artsy Mirrors and Boxes are painted and sometimes decoupaged before dozens of beautiful handmade and lampwork beads are added using solid brass nails. The beads are collected here, there, and everywhere during the artist’s travels.
The Artsy Mirrors and Artsy Boxes are an additional project in the studio while paint is drying and ideas are percolating. Busy hands are never idle for long. With an ever-changing collection of beads, Milagros from Mexico, sequins, and other decorative items, no two mirrors are alike, and each is a creative adventure. The Artsy Mirrors and Artsy Boxes are currently for sale in several galleries and shops in Maryland, DC, Delaware, and Cape May, New Jersey.
The artist has work in numerous public and private collections including the Permanent Collection of Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida. A painting was presented to First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Inauguration in 1993, and she painted a large mural at the National Zoo in 2003. Most recently Princess Cruise Lines has made arrangements to distribute signed limited edition prints of her work on their cruise ships beginning in 2008.
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