After initial training as a zoologist, Judy had a long career in medical research studying the microscopic structure and function of nerve cells regulating the internal organs. This history of detailed observation and visual representation now informs Judy’s drawings of the natural world. Plants in the garden, nearby parks and bushland quickly became some of her favourite subjects, with a recent project involving representations of the native terrestrial orchids in the Adelaide Hills. Using graphite and coloured pencil, Judy enjoys rendering fascinating plant forms and textures at the macroscopic and microscopic scale.
Since she began drawing full-time in 2009 Judy has held four solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions. She has been a finalist in the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, the Nora Heysen Centenary Art Prize, the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, and was invited into the Kedumba Drawing Award. In 2016 Judy exhibited internationally with the Pencil Art Society in Ottawa, Canada, and in 2019 won the Madeleine Taylor Award from the Botanical Art Society of Australia. She has also published a book of drawings accompanied by poems written specially by Ian Gibbins as part of their ‘Floribunda’ collaboration and exhibition.