Judith Dickinson Biography

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Judith Dickinson

Judith considers her love, passion, and ability to create and reproduce beauty to be a truly spiritual experience. She is thankful that God has entrusted this gift to her to use and to share with others.

Judith's earliest memories are of drawing - drawing everything in sight! She began painting in oils at 8 years of age under the tutelage of an artist who observed her talent and offered to teach her. Judith was accepted at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia but decided to pursue her degree in education. She has been fortunate to continue her art education through the years working under some top artists, most recently Craig Tennant, Anthony Ryder and Michael Shane Neal. Judith has been painting professionally for more than 25 years. She has won many awards in shows, and has received many varied and honored commissions, including paintings of college presidents, corporate leaders, as well as paintings for private collections throughout the United States. Judith was honored to have been selected to paint the official portrait of Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Federal Judge Figa, as well as two large public art commissions for Adams County, Colorado.

Her work has included historical paintings, as well as large murals. Judith has also illustrated a children's book.

Judith's extensive body of work includes a series of paintings of African widows and orphans (Judith and her husband have a non-profit to help orphans and widows in Uganda and Rwanda). Judith also paints western paintings, depicting the character and strength of Native Americans and western people.

Judith owns and teaches at the Art Academy of Colorado (a thriving art school for children and adults).

The gift of art has been passed down in Judith's family. Her great-grandfather was a talented artist in England. He studied at the Royal Institution of Art, and later with one of the most famous portrait painters in England. His paintings still hang in the Royal Academy of Art in London. Judith's son is a painter and art professor in New York City, having received his master's degree in painting from Yale University.

Artist Statement

Portrayal of light in the depiction of the beauty of my world is my main goal to accomplish.  I believe my responsibility as an artist is to ''talk'' about the particular world in which I live.  My greatest love is to show the character, the story, and the beauty of the people who surround me. Since I now live in the west, I try to bring emotion and character to my paintings of Native Americans and the people of the west.  Also, because we work in Africa, I feel compelled to honor these beautiful and courageous people; and to tell their stories by painting them.  Lastly, I want to take commissioned portraiture to the level of going beyond mere ''likeness'' to capture the heart and personality of the subject.

Selected Public Commissions

    Colorado State Governor Bill Ritter

    Federal Judge Phillip Figa

    Adams County Gov. Center

    Keiser Permanente

    Primerica Corp.

    Philadelphia Biblical University

    America's Keswick, Inc.

    POF International

    Cairn University

    President of Colorado School of the Mines

Recent Juried Shows, Awards, Recognitions

    Oil Painters of America National Show 2012, 2013

    Oil Painters of America Salon Show, 2013

    Oil Painters of America Western Regional 2012

    Mountain Oyster Club Art Exhibition 2012, 2013

    American Artist Professional League Portrait Competition ''Best of Show'' 2014

    WAOW National Juried Art Show 2012, 2013, People's Choice and Merit Award, 2014

    Bosque Art Classic Exhibition 2012, 2013

    Salon International 2012. Selected in top 50, 2013

    Phippen Museum Western Art Show and Sale

    Allied Art Exhibition NYC 2011, 2012

    Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Annual Exhibition 2012, 2013

    Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists 2012

    ANNC National Art Exhibition

    International Guild of Realism National Show, 2013

    Scottsdale Salon National Exhibition, 2013

    Denver Children's' Hospital Solo African Stories Art Show, 2013

    American Artists Professional League, Grand National Show, 2013, Ridgewood Award

    Visual Art Center National Show 2012

    Southwest Art Magazine Article June 2012, 2013

    Art Collector Magazine, Art of the West Magazine

    Judith's work has been featured three times on Denver Channel 9 News

Gallery Representation

    Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

    Adobe Western Art Gallery, Ft. Worth, TX

    Main Street Gallery, Brighton, CO

    J Watson Fine Art Gallery, Valencia, CA


    Portrait Society of America

    Oil Painters of America

    Women Artists of the West

    Women in the Arts

    Cecilia Beaux Forum

    Adams County Visual Arts Commission

    Brighton Cultural Arts Commission

    International Guild of Realism

    Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club