Judy Woods was born in Rotorua, New Zealand in 1963 and lived there until she left to study at
Waikato University when she was 18. After one year she transferred to Otago Polytech where she
studied Fine Arts for three years, graduating with a Degree in Fine Arts in 1985. She went on to get a
Teaching Diploma in 1987 and worked in Art Education for 15 years.
Judy finds her inspiration in the process of painting intuitively. She sets the stage for unpredictable
combinations of the accidental and intentional as she combines loosely applied paint alongside
controlled intricate pattern or linear formations, saturated and muted colour combinations,
thin glazes with thick brushstrokes, and then drawing into the paint with dry media. Her
process involves building the paintings in layers in response to marks, colours, shapes and passages
that resonate. Finally, Judy orchestrates line, shape and colour to create a balanced complex
design that draws the viewer close and then reveals the unexpected in the richness of the
Judy has won numerous National Awards in New Zealand: 2019 Tasman National Art Awards
– Judge’s commendation; 2019 Walker & Hall Waiheke Art Awards – Winner of the Zinnie
Douglas Merit Award; 2020 Walker & Hall Waiheke Art Awards – Premiere Award; 2020
Taranaki National Art Awards – TSB Painting Award; 2020 Art2Life International Juried Art
Exhibition – Finalist; 2021 Cleveland National Art Awards – Merit Award; 2021 Art2Life
International Juried Art Exhibition – 1 st Place Juried by Juan Kelly.
She exhibits her work in London and New Zealand and Judy’s work is held in private
collections in New Zealand, Australia, USA, UK and Europe.

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