Judith Glover is an artist who enjoys creating paintings of scenic places along the rivers and in the coastal areas of North Carolina, and of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. She has also created art quilts from several of her paintings.
Her paintings have been accepted into numerous national and regional juried exhibitions in the Southern and Northeastern states. These exhibitions include the prestigious American Watercolor Society Show, New York, NY, for three out of four consecutive years with inclusion in one of their annual traveling shows; Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition, Macon, GA (Martin Westmoreland Memorial Award); many Watercolor Society of North Carolina Exhibitions (three awards); and the Fine Art Exhibit at the NC State Fair (Best in Show).
Her watercolor and mixed media paintings are in public collections that include: Capitol Broadcasting Company; Bank of America; CCB Community Bank; Cities of Rocky Mount and Southport, NC; Delano R. Hill and Associates; Duke University; Geneva Corporation; Goldsboro Iron and Metal Co.; High Point Bank and Trust; and Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton.
She began her undergraduate education with two years of architecture at Virginia Tech, and then completed her first undergraduate degree at East Carolina University (ECU) with a BFA in sculpture and architecture. Judith also has a second undergraduate degree from ECU, a BS in interior design.
She grew up on a farm in the pastoral Shenandoah Valley, near Waynesboro, VA, then after completing her first degree she continued to live within forty miles of ECU in eastern North Carolina. She has remained there for all of her art career, either working in an art related field like teaching or creating art for sale. She currently lives in Rocky Mount, NC.
Among the most frequent comments about my work are references to the depth in my paintings. I think viewers are noticing how I create the illusions of form and distance on the flat surfaces of paintings. Besides creating depth in my work I also enjoy working with color and I occasionally experiment with new combinations of pigments. I often add colors to paintings that vary from nature to add interest and draw the viewer’s eye into the work. Although I paint realistically I am working toward expressing myself with greater simplicity by adding more detail and contrast around my center of interest and less in the rest of the painting. This means I focus more on what is important in my subject.
To begin an art quilt one of my paintings is printed on cotton sateen. Then I change some of the printed colors with oil paint or colored pencil to join shapes together and simplify the image. These changes allow the image of the original painting to work better as a quilted surface. The print becomes the top of my quilt which I layer with batting and backing fabric before the quilting begins. This is similar to how a traditional whole cloth quilt is made. Sometimes the threads used for quilting emphasize the realism of the image. Other times the threads add contrast or create new areas of interest. Occasionally hand stitch is involved.