Judy Prosser developed a deep love of the desert after heading to the Kimberley in the late 70’s, and has lived on a remote station out of Broome for nearly 40 years. She enjoys the solitude and peace found when sitting quietly at a desert waterhole, watching the passing parade of animals and birds that expose themselves to her. The longer she sits the more she sees.
Her enjoyment of the Western Australian wildlife is represented beautifully in her paintings, ranging from crocodiles, waterbirds, brolgas, camels, horses, dingoes and much more.
Judy’s great respect for the Aboriginal people and their culture has resulted in her painting their distinct figures alongside native wildlife portraying the human element as living in harmony with the natural environment, at one with nature.
In the below Q&A Judy exposes a little more about herself.
Enjoy getting to know…. Judy Prosser
When did you first feel the desire to be artistic and realise that you had talent?
My father was a school teacher and allowed me to draw on the blackboard (in chalk) after primary school, while he was busy. He bought me pencils and sketchpads and encouraged my desire to draw from that point on, 8 yrs old. I was always drawing on something in my classes of high school.
Where did you learn your art?
I studied at Claremont School of Art 1976 to 1978, and achieved a Diploma of Fine Art.
What inspires you most?
Mostly nature, little incidents and interactions with birds and animals. I try to have movement in my paintings, and colour is important too.
What messages are you sending to the viewers of your art?
Be at one with nature.
Describe your studio ..
An old transportable building with a huge roof and deck. Tropical gardens all around. My horses grazing around me.
Describe your typical day of creating art ..
I spend a lot of time thinking about what I’d like to paint, visualising the composition and sketching. I tend to work mornings, and do other things in the afternoons. Once I’m painting time flies.
What mediums do you use and why?
Acrylic on canvas, and watercolours. I seem to have an affinity with water; oils seem viscous for me.
What is the process of creating your art?
My paintings are a progression, I learn something new with each one and that leads to the next idea. I work from my imagination, sketch my vision, paint it.
What career achievements do you feel proud of?
I’m just happy that I’m still painting and surprising myself with the images I’m able to take to a conclusion.
What do you love mostly about what you do?
Being able to create images out of my head and see them there on the canvas; realised.
Where can you see yourself in 10 years?
Not changing much, except for the obvious (getting older).