Artwork by Judy Crowe of Bluff Dale was recently selected for inclusion into the 2020 American Plains Artists 35th Annual Juried Exhibit that will be held at the Fort Concho National Historical Landmark in San Angelo from June 25 to Aug. 2.
Crowe is one of 68 artists from across the nation who were accepted into this show with her two pieces of art, "Beside Still Waters" and "Spring’s Harmony."
"I love painting outdoors," she said. "I've painted a lot of landscapes from the area where we live now. There’s just something about nature. I love getting out into the open air, painting outdoors and trying to capture what I see. When I'm driving by an area and it strikes me as beautiful, I want to take my paints down there and try to capture that moment."
"Beside Still Waters" is a 6x8 oil painting of a small landscape of an area just outside Bluff Dale off CR 148 and "Spring’s Harmony" is an 11x14 oil painting and impressionistic depiction of the Texas Bluebonnet Trail.
Crowe has been painting for close to 30 years, ever since she decided to take art classes while she was a stay-at-home mom.
"I realized I was pretty good at it and realized it was a viable profession," she said. "I was always interested in art. Even as a child, I used to doodle a lot."
Aside from oil paintings, Crowe also partakes in other artistic mediums like gouache, which is a water soluble medium, similar to watercolor.
"It’s always very challenging," she said. "I am still learning so much; your style is constantly changing."
Crowe classifies herself as an alla prima painter, where an artist uses a one-layer painting technique in which the painting is completed in one sitting or while the paint is still wet.
"I love the creation coming to life and being able to paint my roses," she said. "I'm growing roses to paint. I love florals – being able to take my roses, pick them, take them in the studio, set them up myself and create something from nothing; it’s very rewarding and challenging. I think art is very important in our world today. Art adds beauty to the world and I would like to be a part of that."
Crowe has traveled all over the world to paint different landscapes – even traveling as far as England and Paris, France.
But she is still a Texan, after all.
"This is the landscape that I love and know the best, so I really need to be showing landscapes that I paint around here. Instead of driving to Colorado every summer to be in a show out there, why not [stay in Texas] where I can paint what I know the best," she said.
To see more of Crowe’s work, visit www.judycrowe.com.