Author / Writer; Visual Artist: Drawing Illustration; Visual Artist: Painting
Judith Shaw, a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, has been interested in myth, culture and mystical studies all her life. She creates jewel-toned paintings that feed the soul. Shaw's work is layered with ancient symbols and modern processes. Her inspirations entwine the ancient wisdoms of many cultures with the deep beauty of the natural world. Her style is one of abandon within control. The images are discovered in the process of painting, maintaining a fine balance between control and letting go. ?As a child growing up in New Orleans?, Shaw recounted, ?seeing majestic oak trees with leaves dancing in the breeze and sun glistening on the grass evoked deep feelings of connection to the cosmos. I longed to lie on the bright grass, embrace the earth and feel time disappear. This same feeling surges up in me as I paint. Brushing yellow gold on top of a deeper color, I sense the paints come alive even as I feel myself move outside of ego, outside of time and inside to my deepest source. It is this experience while painting and my desire to express a belief that our bodies and souls are one whole within an interconnected web of life which keeps me returning to my studio.? Shaw has traveled in Mexico, Central America, China, Europe and Greece and lived in Mexico and Greece. The passion and bright colors of many of these places have affected her palette and style. For the past twenty years Shaw has resided in New Mexico, where the golden glow of the landscape is reflected in her paintings. From her very first oil painting of a tree to Into the Forest, a large painting installation soon to be completed… From a student painting of circles, to her current fascination with the interlocking circles of sacred geometry? From reading When God Was A Woman in the early 70's to her deck of Goddess cards currently in development? one can see in her work the early influences of Jackson Pollack?s abandon, Van Gogh?s emotionality, as well as her studies of myth and world culture. Shaw paints, writes, dances and experiences the world through travel and study. She says, ?Like the small acorn that becomes a mighty oak tree the quiet voice of my intuition continues to plant seeds of inspiration, as I watch, amazed at how life unfolds in a synchronistic flow of study, travel, and painting.?