SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTIST: Judith Meierhenry

What is your earliest childhood memory of creating art?
As a very young child, I loved crayons and coloring books, and I got in trouble for coloring in books that were not meant to be colored in. In elementary school, I cherished the Prang watercolor paints I got each year for art projects.
What did you create?
Most of my childhood creations have disappeared as has my memory of them. I may still have a paint-by-number piece somewhere.
How did you start watercolor painting?
I took a watercolor class from Marian Henjum about 9 years ago, which inspired me to start painting.
Why do you create art?
Because it’s fun. When I paint, I feel like nothing else matters.
What is your most important artist’s tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
My one-inch flat watercolor brush.
Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?
At this stage of my nascent art skill, I enjoy working with value the most. Probably because I can understand it and see how it affects a painting.
What inspires you?
A trip to an art gallery. How can one not be inspired by great art?
How do you know when a work is finished?
I quit just after the last stroke that I wished I hadn’t added to the piece.
Is there an artwork you are most proud of? Why?
I painted a portrait of a friend’s granddaughter from a photo I saw on her kitchen counter. I gave it to her on the day she completed her last chemo treatment to celebrate. She loved the painting, and she remains cancer free.
How do you overcome creative blocks?
That is nice way of putting it — “creative blocks.” Since I paint for fun, I try not to stress or feel guilty if I set it aside for a while. I always have other projects going at the same time. I have writing projects that beckon and all those family photos that need to be scanned and organized. I also work
a lot on my computer with desktop publisher, family tree maker and photoshop. Additionally, I am learning to give myself permission to do nothing industrious except enjoy the moment.
What is your dream project?
Writing my memoir with my own watercolor illustrations.
Name three artists you admire.
Marian Henjum, Mary Groth, and Thomas Schaller.

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