My Art explores the nature and meaning of safety and security as opposed to risk, or threats from without or from within, and the inevitability of change in our lives. Uncertainly is always with us. These houses and tornados are metaphors with the house as a safe refuge from threats and hazards and the tornado as a destroyer of peace, and life-threatening.
Judith Marie lives in Manitou Springs, Colorado. She received a BFA from the University of Nebraska and taught in rural Nebraska schools for ﬁve years. She moved to Colorado in 1976 and changed her career to graphic design when she worked as Creative Services Supervisor at the Colorado Springs Sun newspaper. She continued as a freelance graphic designer until 1992 when she opened and managed her art gallery, MAX ART in downtown Colorado Springs. In 1996 she returned to teaching, spending ten years as an art teacher at Sierra High School in Colorado Springs. She was a member of the launch team for an alternative middle school in 2006 and continued as the art teacher at Aspen Valley Middle School until 2016. She regularly shows her art works in the Pikes Peak region. She has exhibited work in the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the Gallery of Contemporary Art at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the Coburn Gallery at Colorado College, the UMC Gallery at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Downtown Studio Gallery at Pikes Peak Community College, Canon City’s Fremont Art Center, the Manitou Art Center, and private galleries. She chooses to work in many media: drawing, painting, printmaking, shadow boxes, mixed media, and ceramic, cast resin and bronze sculpture. She says, “I let the image or subject I envision as an art work determine which medium will best express its message.”