Judith Monroe believes that we are often overstressed and too busy in our modern world, numbing our senses and making us feel disconnected. She sees the natural world we live in as an amazing place full of potential for refreshment and connection. As she goes through her daily routines, Judith endeavors to focus on the natural elements she encounters, whether taking a walk through nearby woods, walking her dogs in a local park, or stopping to view an insect. She collects natural objects, takes photographs and makes artworks to surround herself with the nature that energizes her. Judith finds solace and peace and reminders of her faith in nature. She says, “A breeze is God’s caress across my face, a leaf is a symbol for growth, a butterfly is a reminder of our potential for transformation into something better than we are today.”
Judith Monroe is a photo-based mixed media artist born and raised in California. Encouraged to be creative from a young age, she began to express herself with words until she discovered the magic of darkroom photography in a college class. Beginning with hand coloring, Judith gradually added more visual and physical layers to her photographs. She creates works with original photographs that blend into color, texture, and hidden treasures waiting for discovery, finding inspiration by exploring the landscape and examining the natural things she finds. Layers of physical materials like ephemera, photos and paint, represent layers of meaning. Her artworks are included in public and private collections from Sacramento to Scotland and are available in galleries in California and Arizona.