I am very lucky to live and work in Dorset. I have been drawn to painting with soft pastels for a long time now finding the versatility, immediacy and vibrancy hard to beat. Underlying all of my work is a love of colour and the excitement of seeing how far I can take it.
I am continually inspired by the natural world - there is nothing I enjoy more than sketching out and about – mostly being drawn to organic forms. My sketchbooks and travelogues are an ongoing source of inspiration.
Studio based work (again usually inspired by some form of organic form) is often of a more abstract nature and now seems to be combining the two branches of my work practice, with recurring motifs ‘beyond’ and ‘behind’ often with paths going into infinity.
Highlights of 2020 have been being invited to become Associate Artist with Unison Pastels (producer of leading UK soft pastel brand) and being interviewed for an article in Pastel Journal magazine – worldwide distributed magazine about the world of soft pastels.
For the last seven years I have exhibited work at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London in the annual UK Pastel Society exhibitions.
I am a regular exhibitor at The Gallery at 41 in Corfe Castle and Gallery on the Square in Dorchester.
In 2019 I was Art trail organiser for Open for Art including organisation of a trail of 19 studios, opening own studio in 2019 and planning and curation of Duchy of Cornwall Group Exhibition for 85 artists and sculptors.
Regular workshops and demos at Art Societies - including New Forest, Chandlers Ford, Broadstone and Wareham, PEDAS Poole.
Regular workshops for small groups in Poundbury based studio (mixed media and pastels) – info on my website (www.judytateartist.com)
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