About the Artist
Judi was born in Malaysia and came to live in Swindon in 1969. She cites her first influence in art as her mother, Hazel Simon-Talbot (also a member of the Guild), who was primarily a portrait artist. Judi first studied art at Commonweal School, Swindon College, then Croydon College of Design.
Judi has worked in a variety of mediums including Pastel, Oil, Conte and Pencil. She has completed two murals at her home and has undertaken many unusual commissions.
Judi is inspired by artists such as Rembrandt, Klimpt, Da Vinci and Michelangelo. She works in a traditional, realistic style and likes to paint a variety of subjects, including human and animal portraits, employing glazing and impasto techniques.
Judi has been a member of the Guild of Wiltshire Artists for about 30 years but was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1994 and in the last 10 years it has affected her quite badly. She is unable to drive anymore and has retired from Swindon Police on medical grounds but she is proud to be an artist. These days she works mainly for friends and herself as she does not like the pressure of deadlines but her driving force is escapism and painting is the only skill she feels she can can rely on.
More of Judi's work can be viewed on her website - judijonesart.com.