Judith was born in Ambleside and, growing up in Westmorland, has always enjoyed fell-walking, rock climbing and swimming in and skating on the lakes. However, it was not until she was in her 40s that she started painting them, as a result of a chance encounter with someone who was setting up an Art Group. Media, style and subject matter have all changed over the years, and now she paints mostly in acrylics and mixed media but enjoy experimenting with different techniques: collage, inks and alternatives to brushes such as twigs, card or palette knives. She particularly likes the random and unexpected effects these can create.
She particularly enjoys painting the fells in all weathers, sketching in situ and finishing in the studio (a summerhouse in the garden). The best climbing conditions are not often the best for painting, swirling cloud and enveloping mists producing more exciting light effects and atmospheric moods. She likes to be reminded by her paintings of particular outings such as a Christmas Eve ascent of Helvellyn in the snow, with spectacular alpine views from the summit or a sudden shaft of sunlight picking out St. Johns-in-the Vale from the surrounding gloom.
As well as being a member of Ambleside Art Society, Judith is also a member of the Green Door Collective in Kendal and she takes part each year in their Art Trail. She admires the work of abstract and semi-abstract painters such as Kurt Jackson, Katherine Holmes and Mike Bernard as well as that of her daughter Freya, a professional artist from whom she has learnt a great deal. One of their greatest pleasures is painting on the fells together, sharing their love of walking and mountains and trying to capture something of this in art.