When Judy Stach is not out painting, she can be found working in her garden or walking on the beach. Explains Judy, “Whenever I can, I spend my time outdoors, basking in the light. Where there’s light, there’s life. And like the light, life can be so fleeting. So, I long to capture every moment- the atmosphere, the sounds, the smells, the colors.
“That’s why I love painting in Nature. It’s where I feel most alive.”
A lifelong resident of New Jersey and founder of the Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast, Judy’s intimate understanding of life along the shore is reflected in her seascapes and landscapes which come alive with children at play, sailboats breezing by, and gardeners lovingly tending flower.
Judy feels that "every painting has a soul. I look to find the meaning in the work before I begin. In this way I can see the images finished and the composition is understood from the beginning."
Throughout her adult life, Judy has studied with some of America’s finest teachers, including privately with Anthony Ventura and with David Leffel at the Art Students League in New York. In 1998, Judy began studying with classically trained and accomplished artist Timothy R. Thies who introduced her to the world of plein air painting. Timothy and Judy often painted side by side, celebrating the beauty of varied landscapes in New Jersey, Idaho, Vermont, Arizona, and Florida. Over their years of painting together, Timothy and Judy developed a special mentor-student bond. He once said of her work, "Judy Stach’s work is full of color and lively with impressionistic brushwork. Her love of Nature and especially her rendering of water are evident as is her passion for the light that fills her work.”
In July 2011, Judy was selected by Kristen Thies of West Wind Fine Art as the only artist to display her work along side her husband Timothy’s in a show called “A Passion for Light” – a tribute to Timothy’s life and influence as a teacher. Timothy passed away in April of 2010.
In 2003, Judy received a rare invitation from internationally renowned painter Richard Schmid to paint with a group of artists known as the Putney Painters at the Village Arts of Putney and on location in southern Vermont. In May 2009, Judy was one of six nationally recognized artists invited to exhibit her work in “Richard Schmid and His Influence: Childhood Innocence” at the Salmagundi Club in New York. Judy was once asked by Richard what she would paint if she only had time for one more painting and she replied, “Water, filled with reflections of life. Wind to take me wherever I need to go- and light to guide me there.”
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