North Scottsdale artist Judith Rhue was introduced to oil painting after her disabled Vietnam veteran husband gave her a gift set. The oil painting set came with a large canvas.
She decided to give it a go and soon realized she absolutely loved to paint. Soon thereafter, a nationally known antique archeology firm hired her to paint images on tin ceiling tiles that they sold to clients involved in restoration projects.
“My art is constantly developing intuitively,” Rhue said. “I enjoy traveling, which is evident in my images that range from the Blue Lagoon in Iceland to just outside my studio window in the Sonoran Desert.”
Over time, Rhue’s subjects have moved from the realistic to abstract, for which she is free to explore color, shape, form and line to allow viewers to form their own conclusions of the images. In other words, her paintings moved from representation of a subject to capturing the energy and movement of the subject’s essence.
A home studio allows Rhue to express her most immediate inspiration. As her work evolved and gathered more attention, she found herself juggling a number of venues. Her paintings have been chosen for juried art shows, sold locally through art venues and worldwide through the internet.
She received a finalist award in the International Juried Paint & Photography Competition 2020 sponsored by the Camelback Gallery in Scottsdale, camelbackgallery.com. She is also a featured artist by the same gallery.
Rhue is a member of the Sonoran Arts League in Cave Creek and the Rehoboth Art League in Delaware. She exhibits at the Holland Gallery of Fine Art and the Gallery at el Pedregal in Scottsdale, as well as the Desert Foothills Gallery and the Sonoran Arts League Center for the Arts in Cave Creek.
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