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Signature Circle Gallery

 PSNH SCM: Judith McKenna

Judy paints seascapes, coastal landscapes and wildlife in oils and pastels. She majored in Fine Arts at the University of Miami and received a Masters Degree in Communication from Boston University. Her career included positions in advertising, marketing and graphic design followed by a teaching position at Southern New Hampshire University where she founded the Communications Major. After leaving academia, Judy returned to art.

She has since won awards for oils and pastels in many juried competitions throughout New England.

Judy is a juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association and shows her work at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth, NH. Her work can also be seen at Sullivan Fine Art Gallery, Bedford, NH; Framer's Market & Gallery in Manchester, NH; and the Boothbay Region Art Foundation Gallery in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Judy is a Signature Member of the Pastel Painters of Maine and of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire honoring her many juried exhibitions and awards. Judy was recently juried as an Associate Member in the Pastel Society of America.

Her favorite subject matter is any scene involving water. Whether it be crashing waves, quiet beaches, boats at rest or in motion,

as well as the various animals that are found by the water. Water is forever changing and transforming, often from peace to tempest and back again. I find it a metaphor for life–sometimes calm, serene and peaceful, other times unpredictable and chaotic. It is a challenge to paint the sea, with every moment affecting the mood of the scene from foggy to sunny, crashing to still. I hope to convey these many moods in my paintings and to provide a visual reminder of the viewer’s own personal experiences, whether they be at a peaceful harbor, strolling the beach, or witnessing a stormy surf.

Judy McKenna

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