Judy Mason Watercolor Painter

Artist Statement

Painting has always been a joy, a chance to escape and produce something beautiful. I chose watercolor because of the freshness and transparency of the colors.

However, turning a blank sheet of white paper into a painting is anxiety provoking. So, I start with a photo that emotionally appeals to me and I sketch a simplified version of the subject. Then I add the water and the paint and watch what happens as they mix in exciting and surprising ways.

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A moment will occur sometimes when something magical happens and all my years of experience come rushing forward and allow me to let go of control. I work very quickly — barely aware of what is happening. When finished, I sit back and am amazed; and I love what I just created.

In my earlier paintings I typically tried to keep the paint under control. In my later paintings, I am learning how to paint more loosely and more spontaneously, which pushes me out of my comfort zone. This process of painting with watercolors continues to intrigue me.

Those who view my work comment on how lovely they are. I hope you will enjoy them as well.

My paintings have hung in the following:

October 2016 Coolidge Corner Library
31 Pleasant Street, Brookline
Jan 9—Feb 29, 2016 Brick Wall Restaurant
226 Cypress Street, Brookline, MA
April 25-26, 2015
April 26-27, 2014
April 27-28, 2013
May 5-6, 2012
May 1-2, 2010
May 2-3, 2009
Brookline Artists Open Studios
Group site, Community Rooms
Brookline Police Station
350 Washington Street, Brookline, MA
April 1—30, 2012Group Show Brookline Art Center
86 Monmouth Street, Brookline, MA
Feb 13—Mar 30, 2009Brookline Art Center
Juried exhibit in conjunction with the Minot Rose Garden
“Sunny Yellow Rose” painting was voted “Audience Choice Winner”
Oct 18, 2008First Parish Church of Brookline
Fiesta Auction fundraiser
382 Walnut Street, Brookline, MA
April 27—28, 2007Brookline Artists Open Studios
Group site, Brookline Art Center
86 Monmouth Street, Brookline, MA
June 23—Aug 17, 1995MIT Sloan School of Management
Dean’s Gallery Group Show
50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA