My interest in creating art began in early childhood. I am self-taught artist. My sister was my first mentor. When we were young, we used to play a game of drawing random lines, creating the challenge of creating a face or figure from them. This was a huge stress reliever for a shy child and start to art!
I attended art classes at Los Rios College, taking many of the classes multiple times. There, I was able to experiment with many mediums and improved my skills. I have taken workshops with Gregory Kondos, Don Hatfield, Thomas Nash , Terry Muira, and many others. Each have given me knowledge and inspiration while still maintaining my own style.
My subject matter comes largely from the grainy black and white photographs at the Smithsonian Institute related to the Dust Bowl and Depression Era. These photos are loosely referenced and not exact depictions.
I work primarily in oils but also in watercolors, pastels, printing, collage, and mixed medium. Almost all of my work includes a person or people. There is something in the eyes and in the heart that shows through and comes out through me when I paint these subjects. It is a wonderful feeling to be able to capture people, their emotions and what they might be feeling.
When I paint my subjects, I don’t see race or gender. I see something in the eyes, the expression or gesture which draws me towards the subject allowing me to identify with them. I fall in love with each and every one of them and am always sad when the painting is done.
In 2000, I entered the Sacramento “Aspiring Artists” competition receiving an honorable mention for one of my portraits. I am very proud to say that one of my early works hangs in the office of the President of Los Rios College. Many pieces are now in private collections.
Judy Fratus ART - Sacramento, California