Those of you who have come to my office have seen the magnificent artwork hanging on the walls. The artist is Judy Sherman, a long time friend and patient. Her life’s arc has been magnificent too as she has touched on in the written piece about her travels and accomplishments. She has begun a new course in her career, doing a series of physically smaller works on the same themes. So much power, intense beauty concentrated in a small frame.
The small works have not yet graced our walls. She is selling at such a rate in galleries that they don’t have time to come to us. Her son, the IBM employee, can give you visual delights of all her works should you wish to see the change.
She’s so fun.
Dear Dr. Prendergast,
At long last I am hooked up to a computer and can send you the article we discussed. This is one of my series of paintings depicting China's Lost Architecture. If you added this to your newsletter, others in the series could be included in future newsletters.
China’s Lost Architecture
As an artist on a trip through China in September of 2005 I was intrigued with some of the antiquated architecture that was to be demolished with the approaching Olympics celebration. On a bus ride to Suzhau to tour a silk factory I was especially awed by some of the passing scenes. The highway was flanked by causeway housing some of the most unbelievable structures one could imagine.
At one time the Chinese could not own land but if they lived on the land they could stay indefinitely. So generations lived on the land and as the houses deteriorated they just kept attaching new structures. This subject matter turned into a six month painting project which, I began upon returning home. I think the occupants were still living in this particular building because of the boat in the foreground. I am sure that this no longer exists as there were condominiums and high-rise buildings flanking the scene in the background. This is the first of the paintings in this series and it is an original oil measuring 41” x 34” including the frame.
Information About the Artist
Judy Sherman graduated from the University of Washington before becoming a
stewardess for Pan American World Airways. She honed her love of painting as she traveled through Japan, Manila, Alaska, and Australia. Later she designed and led tours taking artists all over the world to paint. Her tours were called “Paint your Vacation with Judy Sherman.
She has exhibited at the De Young Museum, The DeSaisset Museum on the University Of Santa Clara Campus, The Rosicrucian Museum, the Palace of Fine Arts and the Triton Museum of Art.
Thank you so much for allowing me to share this with you.