Judy Lawler

A painter of light filled land and seascapes, Judy doesn͛'t use a brush to create her pictures, instead she deftly wields her palette knife to blend undiluted oil paint while retaining the richness of colour and feel of the medium. She has a unique style of smoothing the paint so it is sometimes hard to distinguish it from the use of a brush. She says, moving the paint around the canvas with a palette knife is such a joy͟. Visitors to The Gallery can see the joy in one of her featured paintings, ͚Beach Fun at Berrara (Sussex Inlet)͛—it glows with light and colour as she captures a happy beach scene of families enjoying a day at a favourite old haunt of Judy and her family. Other works at the exhibition include some of Judy͛s favourite Bay scenes of boats moored on the Clyde River, rolling hills and trees on the way to Araluen, a view of historic Braidwood, a semi-abstract acrylic and a small pastel of a day out at the cricket. Always keen to paint, Judy joined art classes at the YMCA when her youngest child started school and became very involved in the local Sutherland art scene Eventually, Judy and husband Bill moved to the Braidwood area where he had strong family connections to run a large, beef cattle property. They enjoyed many holidays on the South coast and always planned to retire down this way but, tragically, Bill died suddenly some 17 years ago, leaving Judy to keep the farm going. She says, ͞At first I couldn͛t bring myself to paint but once I started again I could put all my heart and soul into it—I found painting helped me get over the dreadful shock of losing Bill͟In 2015 Judy came to live in the Bay to be near her daughter and family. Many people may also recognise Judy—a former music teacher--as a hardworking member of Sing Australia, Batemans Bay. The Gallery supports community groups by running regular raffles of donated paintings and the current prize is Judy͛s picture, ͚Boats Moored on the Clyde River͛ for the benefit of the Rural fire Service, Batemans Bay. Judy says, ͞My philosophy is, you use what you do to help others͟. Thus, also at The Gallery is a range of products based on Judy͛s artwork and created as part of a mentorship program for workers with special needs and with proceeds going to the Brunswick Sheltered Workshops.
The Gallery is a co-operative venture of CABBI, a society open to local arts and crafts practitioners.


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