Judy W. Rider
41 Wexford Pt
Hickory, NC 28690
Judy Rider, a watermedia painter living in Hickory, NC, has been exhibiting her art since 1987. She is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina, associate member of the Southern Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society, the Piedmont Painters and the High Country Watermedia Society. Her work reflects impressions from her daily life, travels throughout this region and country, and places like Italy and Ireland. Judy has studied with many professional art teachers, but also experiments with various techniques on a regular basis in her home studio. She continues to seek a higher level of artistic expression through this self-study, and professional instruction. Judy also teaches watercolor classes at Catawba Valley Community College and the Hickory Museum of Art. Judy has a B.A. from Louisiana Tech University and a M.A. from West Virginia University in English Education.
Judy was the Local Chairperson for the Watercolor Society of NC 2010 Annual Exhibit held at the Hickory Museum of Art. She occasionally holds workshops and demos for local art groups and arts councils. Recently, Judy participated in “How to….” beginner instruction videos through Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff. These short demonstrations will soon be available for viewing on the Cheap Joe’s website.
Artist’s Statement: “Whether I am expressing a feeling of excitement or quietness, a sense of time or place, a particular mood or drama, I enjoy portraying light and shadow through watercolor, gouache and acrylics. The results can be both dramatic and surprising. It is my goal to capture the essence of the composition on the painting surface to capture the viewer’s attention.”
Judy exhibits her work year round in local and regional competitions and businesses. Judy’s originals are in many private and corporate collections. Mrs. Rider accepts commissions on fine and decorative art for your home or office. She specializes in children, pet and, house portraits. Her original artwork is available in Hickory at Hickory Museum of Art Gift Shop, The Sally Co., in Shoppes on the Square in downtown Hickory, and Art and Artifacts in Blowing Rock, NC, and the BurkeCounty Arts Council Jail House Gallery Gift Shop. Judy’s latest works were included in the National Watercolor Society 92nd Open Competition and the 67th Annual Watercolor Society of NC Juried Exhibition.