Judy Fawcett

Painting is my way of playing as an adult. It's also a spiritual act, opening my mind to what is possible.

I'm a painter who blurs the line between abstraction and realism. Sometimes I paint realistically and use a photo as a jumping off place. I'm drawn to scenes with strong light and shadow. I do some quick black and white sketches to find a good composition, then choose a palette that best represent my feelings about the scene.

When working more abstractly, I rely totally on imagination and intuition to direct the process. At the beginning I work spontaneously, let the paint or mark-making flow and try not to think. Eventually I slow down and think more. I paint, then eliminate, add and eliminate until the painting says to me that it's complete.

Often my work is a combination of some realism within an abstract composition.