Judith Bush is a painter and interior designer. It is from that perspective that she understands how art transforms and transports interior spaces – adding meaning and depth – and creating a shared experience.
She was introduced to transparent watercolor in high school, when California watercolor artist George Post taught a summer workshop in Odessa, Texas. That experience opened her eyes to a different way of seeing and was the beginning of her lifelong interest in watercolor and acrylic.
While living in Houston, Judy was an active member of Watercolor Art Society – Houston. She studied with nationally known watercolor artists, including Edgar Whitney, Charles Reid, Chen Chi, and Carl Molno, and she was a founding member of Archway Gallery. For 7 years, Judy exhibited at Fiesta, a three-day juried art exhibition at Laguna Gloria in Austin where she was a featured “Artist at Work” – artists selected to demonstrate their painting process during the festival.
In Dallas, her art and painting experience expanded to commercial interior design. While creating interior marketing concepts for luxury multi-family projects in Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston, Santa Fe and Nashville, she decided to return to school to get her degree in Interior Design.
Graduation coincided with a move to Austin and the start of Judy’s 25+ year design career at Bommarito Group, an award-winning commercial Interior Architecture and Design firm. She is Senior Vice President and former Director of Design at the firm and currently serves as Design Advisor.
Her return to painting has brought her full circle and her interior design experience has reshaped her approach to painting. In her current work, she approaches each painting from a design perspective – less about the subject and more about the painting process itself. The process begins with creating a rich understructure – building layers of color, texture and depth, followed by thoughtful analysis – adding, subtracting, dividing space, reconnecting it, and weaving elements together with stylized patterns, lines and shapes. It is this combined creative + analytical design process that inspires her and brings new meaning to the paintings.
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