"The prairie is as wide and open as an artist’s canvas. This vast expanse of land is deeply rooted in human experience which is as colorful and varied as the tall grass prairie itself. My paintings explore the timeless prairie landscape— America’s Heartland —whose steady pulse of life beats across spreading fields, rustling animals, and daily routines.
Composed of unique viewpoints and narrative imagery, my paintings allow the viewer to see the mystery and beauty of the familiar. While the subject matter in my work speaks to everyday experience, the vibrant colors, rich textures and bold contrasts express the profoundness in these simple moments: a weathered barn braced against sky, restless clouds rolling across windswept grasses or cattle huddled under the inviting branches of a cottonwood.
Transparent watercolor is the dominant medium used in my paintings; its expressive and versatile qualities provide an infinite palette of possibilities. By incorporating charcoal, wax resist and India ink, I am able to create a variety of earthy, gritty textures. Through careful selection of subject, design and medium, my paintings connect the human heart to the life and beauty of our everyday landscapes - the 'heartland' within all of us."
Judy Thompson is an award winning artist who captures America’s heartland - the people and places of the Great Plains. Born and raised near Chicago, she now calls Orange City, Iowa, her home.
Judy’s artwork has received national and international recognition. She has been selected by the National Park Service as Artist-in-Residence at the Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, NE and at Badlands National Park, Interior, SD. Her Homestead Series has toured throughout the Midwest in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act. Judy’s arts also graces the book cover of Pioneer Girl, the Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilde, a national bestseller.
Judy is a popular instructor for both children and adults and is an approved teaching artist with the Nebraska and South Dakota Art Councils. Her Homestead Series is also included in the South Dakota Art Council’s Touring Arts Program. She is a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society.