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Featured Artist: Judith Martin-Stafford, ASA


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Judith Martin-Stafford, January Light

Biography

My passion has always been artistic. As a child, I was forever drawing on any piece of paper or blank page in any book I could get my hands on. My drive to create was immensely strong. I was fortunate to be able to attend the “Art High School of Ottawa”, Canterbury High School, where I was mentored by some of the finest artists there. After graduation, I as accepted into the fine art program of the then Ontario College of Art where I developed my craft under famous artists of the day including World War II artists. I graduated in 1978. My art career took a detour for about twenty years while I raised my daughters. In 1996, I was lucky enough to be in a situation where I could again pursue my passion and I found painting landscapes as a direction in which I could go. For the past twenty years, I have been painting landscapes in Oil and Pastel, entering and winning art competitions across Canada, exhibiting in galleries and teaching.

 

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Judith Martin-Stafford, Angels’ Tears

Q & A with the ASA

ASA: Can you tell us about your influences?

Judith: I have been influenced by many things. I love this country Canada and the landscapes that create it. There is a raw powerful beauty that I try to capture as well as the magic that I feel that comes from the ground. It speaks to me of an ancient people and sings of their secrets. Artistically, my influences come from the Art Nouveau period where form and function melded into fantastic images. Artists that I strongly admire are Gustav Klimt, Paul Gauguin, John Newman, and Aba Bayefski just to name a few.

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Judith Martin-Stafford, Roadside Waterfall, Jasper

ASA: What do you consider your most succesful body of work to date?

Judith: My most successful body of work would be my exhibition called, “A Soldiers’ Story”. This was a series of large panels (4×8) depicting the day to day struggles in the life of our soldiers in Afghanistan. It was a truly emotional exhibition and the many people that saw the exhibit left in tears and wrote back beautiful and sad thanks to the men and women that lost their lives in that war. I cried everyday I worked on this exhibition and still cry to this day. I donated the whole show to the museum of the Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry in Calgary.

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Calgary, AB T2G 1R7
ASA Phone: (403) 265-0012
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