Judith Thompson

Judith’s work often consists of many layers of paint applied to the canvas and then scraped back to reveal images that reflect a place, an emotion, a memory or the passage of time. A peek into the layers can evoke a surprise or a wistful memory; bird sounds in our back yards, picnics in parks, cities, forests. Birds are universal and vital to our ecosystem. Their painted images can mirror our own thoughts and experiences: Nostalgia, surprise, joy, whimsy, disappointment, optimism. But, our birds are vanishing. We have 3 BILLION fewer birds in North America than we had 50 years ago, and extinction now threatens even the common and abundant birds we used to find in our everyday environment. Observing our fellow creatures is a constant shared experience which she tries to capture and preserve as our wildlife habitats recede. 

Judith majored in Art in college. Junior year she attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Later in life she attended Architecture school. Although she sporadically pursued her interest in painting and drawing over the years, she has recently returned to painting full time and set up her studio in Telegraph Hill, overlooking the San Francisco Bay.