Hi, I'm Judy
I love colour, contrast and bold patterns. I love creating something out of nothing. I love the escapism and freedom that creating art provides, and I love being able to do something I'm passionate about and motivated by every day.
Drawing, crafting and creating has always been a big part of me. My mum will often say that the noise of a busy cellotape dispenser defines my childhood, as I beavered away designing new creations. All cardboard, plastic, wrapping paper... anything remotely worth saving, was under strict orders to be kept so that I could turn everyday objects into something more creative. Growing up I spent most of my spare time doing something art-related; drawing, painting and crafting, and I studied Art at A-level. But after much deliberation, I decided not to pursue it further academically as I feared it would end up being a chore rather than something I choose and enjoy doing.
So, I kept the artistic side of me as a hobby and embarked on a mainstream university path, followed by a career in the corporate world, running transformation projects for large organisations. While I loved the buzz of delivering organisational change with great teams of people, and enjoyed applying my organisational and people skills to make things happen, I started to feel that I had quashed my creative side more than I'd imagined would happen. There is only so much design you can add into a set of PowerPoint slides! That, and having 2 kids also didn't help in finding time, headspace or focus to sit and draw, paint, or create, but either way, I began to miss that part of me and could feel it itching to get out again.
Then, in 2020, lockdown happened. I found myself on furlough, a word I've never used before, but would say almost daily from then on, and I had more time and energy to devote to my hobby (in between parenting and home schooling, of course).
I was quite excited; the planner and organiser in me means that I find it hard to switch off, whereas art allows me to truly escape, to lose control and to create. I started to think...what if?
And I decided to give it a 'proper' go.
I hope you enjoy my artwork as much as I enjoy creating it and will follow me on my new adventure.