Judy McSween’s abstract oil paintings transcend ordinary perspectives, transporting viewers to dreamlike places. She works from realism, taking an image and deconstructing the composition into sweeping curves of color, unexpected angles, and smooth planes. Painting lines and scraping through layers of color to find pathways, arteries or roots, she leads viewers through her paintings to spaces infused with light and joy. That light— just beyond the horizon, spilling into a field, or captured for a split second along an edge, is Judy’s signature. Her style combines delicately blended brushwork with bold intuitive palette knife marks, making her paintings fresh, lively, and familiar.

Influenced by the underwater abstracts of Bob Mazur, her painting professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Judy draws inspiration for her own work from the places she’s lived, from her childhood home in Northeast Ohio to her current home in Charleston, SC. An explorer of the National Parks when she’s not teaching public school art, she brings the serenity and power of nature into her paintings:

“Everybody needs beauty—places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike.” —John Muir

Judy is represented by galleries in South Carolina and Texas, and her paintings are in collections across the United States. She is a member of the National Association of Women Artists.

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