About The Artist Photo of Judy Boles

As a girl, I took many road trips with my family, driving from coast to coast and watching the varied landscapes go by. During those trips, my father instilled a sense of adventure and an appreciation for the beauty of any landscape: orchards, cornfields, lakes, mountains, sea coasts, and even barren deserts. Painting and drawing the things I saw became a favorite childhood pass time. After earning a teaching credential from Chico State University, I taught high school English and Art for serveral years. However, my art soon took a back seat to the joys of children and to the demands of the corporate world. Since my retirement in 2006, I have been pursuing my passion for art more fully.

My work is a visual diary of scenes that have inspired me. The close observation needed to render a scene on canvas makes me feel more connected to the place. While living many years in Sonoma County, I was drawn to the coastal hills, the shoreline, and the wonderful vistas of the wine country. In 2011, my husband and I moved to Arnold, CA, in the Sierra Nevada mountains, where we live in the awesome beauty of a national forest. My new inspirations are mountain streams, alpine lakes, Sequoia trees and the constantly changing seasons.

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Many schools today, facing budget cuts, are dropping their Art programs. But many teachers still want to bring art education to their students. To help these teachers, I have started a new project. It is a web-site that provides simple art principles, examples from the Masters and sample lesson plans. Any ideas or lesson plans you would like to contribute will be appreciated.