Judy Bates holds a B.A. in Studio Art from Hollins University and has studied Renaissance Painting Techniques at the Angel Academy in Florence, Italy. Her award winning paintings have appeared on the covers of
American Artist magazine and The Best of Watercolor, Vol. 3, by Rockport Publishers. An article on her work, “Capturing Something Beautiful”, appeared in the May, 1993, issue of American Artist

Judy maintains a studio in Roanoke, Virginia, where she paints in both oil and watercolor.  She teaches private and group classes in her studio and also teaches painting classes and workshops at The Studio School in Roanoke, Virginia.  She has taught painting workshops at the Art Museum of Western Virginia, at other locations around Virginia, and at Coupeville Arts Center on Whidbey Island, WA.  She was a visiting artist at Cave Spring High School teaching a watercolor workshop funded by a grant from the Virginia Watercolor Society.

Judy is an artist member and former Historian of the Virginia Watercolor Society. Her award-winning paintings are in the collections of Hollins University, Virginia Western Community College, SAS Institute (Cary, North Carolina), and Wachovia (Winston-Salem, North Carolina), as well as many other corporate and private collections around the country. She is represented by galleries in Virginia and North Carolina.

Judy has had solo shows at Roanoke College’s Smoyer Gallery, Signature 9 Gallery, North Cross School in Roanoke, and at ERL Gallery in Winston Salem, North Carolina.  She was in a two-person show at Hollins University and has participated in many juried and group shows at Ferrum College, Cudahy’s Gallery (Richmond, Virginia), The Little Gallery of Art (Raleigh, North Carolina), The Little Gallery at Smith Mountain Lake (Moneta, Virginia), Capricorn Gallery (Bethesda, Maryland), Froggwell Gardens (Whidbey Island, WA) and Coupeville Arts Center (Whidbey Island, WA). 

Artist Statement:

"Color and the interplay of light and shadow, both in the natural world and in works of art, are deeply appealing to me.  I love the process of building complex compositions full of movement, light and luminosity that are life-affirming and that engage the viewer on a visual, emotional and intellectual level."

Judy Bates Fine Art
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