Judy ArvidsonJanuary Best of Show

Judy Arvidson

Alaska was the land of my birth and childhood, and I grew to love nature and art early on.…art and nature…a great pairing. As a child, countless hours were spent drawing.

After Wheaton College, twenty-nine years of my adult life were given to teaching art to children in Illinois schools. Teaching was a way for me to give back, to love kids, and to help them develop their creative side and move their lives forward. Those were wonderful years, but I was so busy with family, art teaching, church, and continuing education that I had very little time for personal artistic pursuits.

Retirement has given me the time and the opportunity to develop my watercolor skills. I have studied under the able instruction of David R. Becker and Johanna Yoder. My most-painted subjects are landscapes (especially Alaska), floral studies, and portraits, but I will challenge myself to paint anything, so long as it highlights the beauty in some aspect of our world. I thank God for the gift of art and am always learning and attempting new things.

Currently, I enjoy serving alongside Angie Boe as Programs Co-chair for the Lakes Region Watercolor Guild and have exhibited in shows at the Dole (Crystal Lake), Old Courthouse Arts Center (Woodstock), and other area venues. The entire ARTS community longs for the day when in-person shows become the norm again.