Welcome to JUDY BUSH STUDIO! Judy Bush is an abstract water-media painter & commercial interior designer. Learn about her work, her painting process, her love of shapes, symbols, patterns and DESIGN! And see what she�s offering for the Austin Studio Tour. SQUARE ONE - a group of square images taken from some of her original paintings � offered as giclee reproductions.
Judith Bush is a painter and interior designer. From that perspective she understands how art transforms interior spaces - creating meaning, depth & a shared experience.
She was introduced to watercolor through a summer workshop during high school - beginning a lifelong interest in watercolor & acrylic.
Judy was a member of Watercolor Art Society - Houston and studied with nationally known watermedia artists. She was a founding member of Archway Gallery. For 7 years, Judy was a featured "Artist at Work" at Laguna Gloria's "Fiesta" in Austin.
In Dallas, she returned to school to get her degree in Interior Design. Following graduation, Judy moved to Austin - beginning her 25+ year career at Bommarito Group, an award-winning commercial Interior Architecture & Design firm. She is Senior VP, former Design Director and currently is Design Advisor.
Judy has come full circle - approaching each painting from a design perspective - less about subject, more about process. She builds a rich understructure - layers of color, texture, depth - followed by thoughtful analysis - adding, subtracting, dividing space, reconnecting, weaving elements together with stylized patterns, lines & shapes. This combined creative + analytical design process inspires her and brings new meaning to the paintings.
I have come full circle...a painter...a designer...a painter...
It's not that one begins and the other ends - it's the same underlying thought process expressed in different ways - and, like layers of paint, they overlap, connect and continue.
In my role as an interior designer, I brought a painter's perspective to interior design and as a painter I bring a designer's perspective to painting. Whether creating interiors or paintings, the principles and elements of design are the same, and one informs the other.
My painting background has its roots in transparent watercolor. I currently work in acrylic. This has expanded my vocabulary to include both transparent and opaque - seemingly opposite elements that are actually complementary and interconnected. My painting process reflects these interactions - positive and negative, representational and abstract, architectural and organic. I think contrast gives clarity. It allows us to see texture, it balances calm and comfort with logic and organization - it opens our eyes.
Working on a horizontal surface, I begin by layering transparent washes on a wet canvas, paper, or water media board, adding shapes and texture, dropping in color and allowing it to blend and merge. Acrylic dries quickly and is permanent, so it is the perfect medium for layering, without disturbing what is below. This process allows me to go back and forth, adding a transparent glaze over an opaque section, or blocking out unneeded passages, creating positive and negative shapes, adding and subtracting, editing, refining, constantly weaving the elements together with stylized patterns, lines and shapes - some fine and detailed, others broad and gestural.
A wise teacher inspired me to be a "shape maker" and a "symbol collector." I am drawn to patterns - repetitive, rhythmic marks - lines, circles, dots - sometimes organic, sometimes geometric. These are patterns I see in art and life, and in my view, they are universal design elements that connect us to the world around us and to each other.
The work is intentionally never fully defined. If it sparks a memory or feeling, or evokes a sense of time or place - if it is something recognizable or meaningful - then it allows you to participate and connect with the work through your own point of view or life experience. It allows you to complete the work...and that is our shared experience.
If you are interested in original paintings, giclee reproductions, commissioned work - or reformatted / adapted reproductions scaled to fit your budget, color palette or specifications, let's talk!