Judy Oberto was born, raised, and lived most of her life in Seattle, WA. Having always been artistic, she found no end of opportunities to use her creativity as she served people while working in the public schools and churches they attended. Then in the 1980s she took drawing and oil painting classes at their local community college. As her family grew, she was busy with them, working, and at the same time running a small graphics business out of her home. She didn’t get back seriously into painting until a few years after she and her husband retired to Bridgehaven, a suburb of Port Ludlow, WA in 2002. Community involvement and traveling in their RV used up most of their free time for the first several years until Judy’s health issues forced them to make some big changes, but ultimately it has allowed her the time needed to get back into her artwork.
In August of 2018, Judy took a watercolor class from well-known local artist, Marti Mathis, http://www.martimathis.com, which whetted her appetite for more! Then after some online research, she found renowned botanical artist Anna Mason, http://www.annamasonart.com, from the UK. She teaches internationally via online tutorials available by subscription to her online school. Judy has learned much from her as well as the many other artists on the forum there. Now she paints mostly from photos taken over a lot of years, but always keeping an eye out for other subjects that pique her interest artistically. Wanting to add portraiture to her portfolio of skills, however, she went looking for yet another online teacher. She found Susan Harrison-Tustain, another internationally acclaimed artist in New Zealand, http://www.susanharrison-tustain.com. Specializing in watercolor and oil portraits, Susan offers instructional videos that that can be purchased online and downloaded. These two well-known artists have very different but complementary styles, each offering invaluable representational watercolor techniques.
“Emory & Ethan”
My first watercolor portrait – 2019
With the Lord’s direction, inspiration and guidance Judy’s skill continues to develop as He leads her to bring His creation to life visually on paper with watercolors. She likes to paint subjects that she feels passionate about; ones that excite her personally to paint. In September 2019, Judy became a member of the Port Ludlow Art League and was given the opportunity to hang some of her recent watercolors on the walls of the Port Ludlow Post Office, the Port Ludlow Art League Gallery, and the Port Ludlow Inn. Being a perfectionist as well as a lifelong learner, Judy continues to challenge herself to find new ways to grow and improve her art.