Artist Judy Crane

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It is often the sense of light in the artwork of professional painter Judy Crane that draws the viewer to her paintings.  Whether painting a landscape, cityscape, interior, or still life, Crane captures the magical influence of light on the subject before her. Often this light is fleeting and illusive, other times bold and brilliant. For Crane it is the effects of light and the resulting shadows and colors that inspire her to paint a subject.
Years of Plein air painting have honed her ability to clearly see these effects and to create works that capture the essence of the subject.  This emphasis on light and shadow leads the viewer through the painting to the intimate spaces that invite you in and create a feeling of peacefulness.  Asked about the sense of peacefulness in her paintings, Crane reflected, “I am happy, content and often joyful when I am painting.  These are the feelings I hope to convey in my work.  Even when dealing with difficult times in my life, I was inspired to paint the beauty and serenity that I desired in my life, and that focus would relieve the negative, fearful feelings, allowing me to be in that space of peace,” Her works do indeed draw one in and create a feeling of being present in the scene or subject she paints.  The joy she feels is evident in the vivid, yet sophisticated colors that are so much a part of her recognizable style.  She works with a relatively limited palette creating an array of colors that can be bright and vibrant or muted and greyed, but all related and consistent due to the fact that they are all made from one another.
Crane has worked as a professional artist for more than 30 years. She maintains an open studio in down [...]

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