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105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Judith G Coady

Media:  Printmaking
Studio325 (click for map location)

Gallery One | Gallery Two

Kaleidoscope 5
Deep Blue
66" X 30"
Monotype with collage
22" X 30"
My prints are designed and hand-printed by myself. Etchings are signed, numbered and created in limited editions. None of these is a reproduction, such as a giclée, which is a copy of a drawing or painting, mass produced by technicians using a computer or other photo-mechanical method. Monotypes are a one-of-a-kind print.

Born in Washington DC, my early years were spent playing on the Capitol grounds. When my father's job transferred the family home to Boston, Massachusetts, my future was set. Art was always a part of my education in the Boston public schools. I will never forget the thrill of opening a metal box of brightly colored ovals in painting class. How I loved working with the tools that the teacher brought to class. It was so exciting to win an award and have my painting hang in the principal's office.

The desire and love of art was always there. While I studied nursing, my future husband and I had many "cheap dates" at the wonderful Boston Museum of Art. Marriage, family, work and frequent moves put art on the back burner. Eventually, I was able to study with some enormously talented teachers at colleges and art museums all over the country. Their push to work hard, take chances, reach and stretch gave me the grit to fulfill my dream to do art. My husband encouraged me to take the leap and I have never looked back.

My nursing background gave me the love and respect of the human body which translated into my initial emphasis of painting figurative pastels. Today I place those figures into etchings that challenge the viewer to envision a story. The figure will always be an important part of my art.

In travels, I've noticed the beautiful sense of pattern in the landscape. While flying over the country, I was dazzled and amazed at the design and form of the fields below. These farms are functional yet have a symmetry that is breathtaking. I started a "farm series' that continues to this day with the current pieces that deal with the invasion of the subdivision into farmland.

Thus, I continue to work in two parallels--the figurative, contemplative "dream" series and the landscape evolution of the "farm" series. Eventually they may well overlap. Who knows what lies ahead but the intersection of the human with the land will always challenge me.

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