Art is more than painting or drawing images on a white canvas. Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most iconic artists in the world, once said, “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
For Judy Jordan, these words resonate a sense of truth as she creates captivating works of art.
“Art is important in life. It takes you away from your routine. It is like a form of meditation. But most importantly, it is a form of communication with those who view your art. You express your views through art and hopefully people can see what you are trying to tell them,” she explains.
Judy explains that she has been painting for as long as she can remember. But it was in 1985 that she started exhibiting her art after completing a degree through UNISA.
She explains that she usually focuses on two specific themes. The first being the destruction of lands due to development.
This symbolises how fragile the world is and the importance of finding balance. The second theme is that of growth, which she uses trees and plants as symbols.
“Trees are a lot like people. Each one has their own characteristics. Trees can also be seen as symbols of protection, care and personal growth.”
Through her passion for art, Judy has taken part in several art exhibits and has sold a number of her works to private buyers, as well as to galleries in South Africa. As a talented artist, she is more commonly known as one of the former curators of Carnegie Art Gallery.
“I worked for the art gallery for 25 years and have now been retired for the past five years,” she smiles.
During her time at the local art gallery, she took the local art collection from 25 pieces of art to approximately 350 works of art. An achievement which she classifies as one of the highlights of her career.
Other highlights include working with a score of local art groups and helping them generate an income through their work, as well as promoting local artists.
“I would say being acknowledged by others in the art world, as well as mentoring people has also been a highlight of my career.”
Prior to the lockdown, Judy started her own art studio. At her studio, she helped developed local artists’ talents. “Once the lockdown is done, I hope to hold classes for those who have never painted in their life.”
Through promoting art, teaching others and losing herself to her artwork, Judy Jordan proves that art is more than mere images. It is a way of life that opens doors to an entirely new world. A world where creativity lives free and people can express themselves without fear.