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Judy Larson always knew she was going to be an artist. She was surrounded by them as a child, and was particularly
inspired by her father, a professional illustrator.Judy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Art
from Pacific Union College in Northern California, then spent the next 17 years as a commercial artist,
illustrator and art director.
In 1988, influenced by her love of nature and animals, Judy devoted her time to wildlife art. Her primary focus
in each of her paintings is the animal, with the horse as a recurring subject.Her unique approach to her work
is through the use of scratch board --a technique that can render magnificent detail but one
requiring infinite patience.
Scratch board, an old, but little used medium, consists of a smooth, thin surface of hardened China clay
applied to a board. The subject is then painted solidly with black India ink to create a silhouette.
Now the exacting work begins, engraving the image into the surface of the artwork. While many artists use
steel nibs or engraving tools, Judy prefers to work with X-acto blades, changing them ever few minutes to
produce as fine a line as possible. Once the subject has been totally scratched, it is a finished black and
white illustration, ready for the artist to add color. The methods of adding color are diverse. Judy
prefers a combination of airbrush, gouache or acrylics for finishing, with frequent rescratching for detail.
Scratch board is a demanding medium, one that Judy has used masterfully in developing
her unique approach to wildlife art.
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