Jun 01, 2012 04:17AM
● By Style
Photo by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.
One of the many famous artists that inspired Judith Huth’s style is Georgia O’Keeffe, who once said, “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”
Huth’s lush color and bold strokes are a testament to that. “I love color,” she explains, “Give me a tube of red paint and I go wild.” Her work features images of serene California missions, landscapes, rusty old cars, portraits, and flowers and illustrates how much she loves color and how well she uses it. “There is a big life out there,” Huth says, “and I don’t want to limit myself.”
While working as a high school teacher, she only dabbled in art and painting. Now retired, she has embraced painting and creating art full-time. Her first class was in oil painting, a medium she still likes to work in. “I love the consistency and depth of the colors,” Huth shares. She continued her art training by traveling to Texas on several occasions – taking art classes from renowned artist Johnnie Liliedahl to study everything from portraiture to abstracts. She took more classes closer to her Sun City Lincoln Hills home and is also an active member of Sun City’s Art Association and Painters Club.
Her husband, Bill, a talented woodworker, made his wife a beautiful easel that occupies her home studio. It is massive and has all of the custom features she needs to create canvases in a variety of sizes. Huth prefers to paint at home using photographs. “I like all my creature comforts near by,” Huth admits. The couple travels throughout the U.S. to capture images she brings to the canvas. “We love to travel,” Huth says, “and we have seen pretty much all of our country.”
Recently she has started experimenting with photography – manipulating the images on her computer using Corel Painter to create a series of “digital paintings.” The software is so new she had to take classes online and has since mastered the program’s complexities. “You can take the hard edges out of a photograph,” Huth marvels. “It is amazing what you can do with a computer.”
She enjoys painting and creating digital images for the relaxation and stimulation it brings. “I never found anything quite as absorbing as bringing a canvas to life,” Huth explains. “I never thought about what people might purchase…just what I wanted to paint,” she says.
In the past, Huth has shown her award-winning work locally and at several galleries in the area; currently, she has a permanent gallery space at The Market Place in Rancho Cordova, and this September will participate in the Placer County Open Studios Tour. You can also experience Huth’s beautiful images via her Web site where different sizes of original work, including greeting cards, are available for purchase.
Visit judith-huth.fineartamerica.com for more information.