Judie Cain works her magic with practiced skill in oil paints. Several of her works are in print, Giclee and on home products. Working from live models, on location, and/or from photo references from her travels, she strives to capture the light, liveliness, and the mood of the moment through quick strokes of vibrant colors, using brush and/or painting knife. At home with a variety of subjects, she finds excitement in even the most ordinary things such as the nostalgia of a Victorian porch, a bouquet of her treasured roses and scenes from her gardens, expansive landscapes, animals, or children on the beach.
To Cain, painting is something you have in your heart. She sees herself as an “Impressionistic Colorist” painter but others have told her that she has an “Expressionistic” flair. “It’s whatever attracts me at the time; I express my feelings, so I’m a little of both,” says Ms. Cain. “If the light hits a certain way, I think “if I could only capture that.” It’s humbling trying to capture what Mother Nature has perfected”, she acknowledges.
A native of Burlingame, CA, Judie Cain studied at California College of Arts & Crafts, in Oakland, CA after high school. “I felt very intimidated by the talent there at the time”. (Her early art attempts went from doodles on scratch pads and work in modeling clay to decorating for school dances and events). She has taken inspiration from many great artists, particularly John Singer Sargent’s memorable portraits, Joaquin Sorolla’s magnificent renderings of people and animals at ocean-side, as well as Monet’s ability to capture atmosphere.
Family responsibilities behind her, in 1987 Cain took early retirement to return to painting by attending college, numerous workshops, and taking private lessons. She also opened “The Art Gallery”, near Murphys. She has studied with such noted artists as Ted Goerschner, Ann Templeton, and Camille Przwodek.
Since becoming a full-time artist, Cain has taught oil painting fundamentals and “Color Demystified” workshops in several places, including her spacious studio in Forest Meadows, near Murphys, in the California Sierra Mountains. (she and her husband, Lou Papais, recently built a home in Murphys, which includes a smaller studio). “It seemed that a lot of the fundamentals weren’t being taught any longer so I designed the workshops to address those needs”.
FEATURED SHOWS: (selected solo) Haggin Museum, 5/99, Stockton, CA; Main Street Gallery, Murphys, 6/99, 9/2000; San Joaquin County Arts Council 7/93, 8/95, group invitational 5/96, Stockton, CA; Lasting Impressions Gallery, Carmel, CA 2002.
PUBLISHED: US ART MAGAZINE 2/98 and “Woman To Watch” 1997, ‘98, ’99; Sierra Heritage Magazine, spring, 1998; Get Up & Go (lifestyles) interview, 11/98, collage of her works on the cover of “Gold Country Magazine” 2003; artwork used in “Faith & Family” winter 2004/5, cover 2006 catalog Catholic Heritage Curricula and textbooks; “Valley Views Magazine” interview, summer 2006.
Judie Cain’s works are found in collections around the world.