Judy Kirtley was born and raised in Huntington, WV, where she lived until the end of her senior year at Marshall University. Immediately moving to New York City, she had a career in the theater for many years, including performances in the opera world. She and her husband live part of the year in West Palm Beach, part of their time in NYC and Pennsylvania.
Ms. Kirtley’s aspirations moved into the visual arts, having maintained a professional photography studio for 30 years, and later began to realize her visual language without a camera. She is inspired by years of discussions with her mentor, painter, and sculptor, Bruce Cahn, and by attending art museums and galleries around the world. Drawing was her first avenue of study, which grew into a desire to see the colors in her drawings. While she loves drawing and watercolor, oil painting is her current passion.
Judy Kirtley’s training has been primarily at the Art Students League, where she studied (painting in watercolor and oils, drawing) with Peter Cox, Mary Beth McKenzie, Francis Cunningham, Costa Vavagiakis, and Henry Finkelstein, among other outside teachers, such as Steven Assael. She continues to practice drawing at the Armory Arts Center in West Palm Beach and other venues.
Judy has participated in many art exhibitions and her fine art photography and artworks are in several private collections.
Arts Organizations Memberships include:
National Association of Women Artists (NAWA)
Artists of Palm Beach County
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Arts Club (Associate Member)
Plein Air Palm Beach
Barryville Area Arts Associates