way of helping to counteract the growing fear and misery
in our present world is to care-take my gardens and to
paint the many facets of my rural environment as clearly
and beautifully as I am able.
work focuses on my unique personal experience with the
flora, fauna, water, rocks, clouds, etc. that make up
this particular place. I am a chronicler or scribe with
paint. My work is narrative. I am acknowledging and describing
the infinite parts of the whole. In some sense the paintings
are an ever-expanding record, a journal of my meanderings
around the environment in which I am a participant.
classical realist painting style with a bit of
magic mixed in is, for me, the best method of representing
the wonder of our natural world.
Weiner was born in St. Louis, Missouri. With private instruction
in art, she painted from her girlhood through high school,
before earning a BA in English Literature from Northwestern
University. She then did graduate work in environmental
education at UCLA. In 1977, she moved to Grants Pass in
1980, she has run the 28-acre Windy River Farm with her
husband Peter Liebes growing organic herbs and seed crops.
She and Peter also produced their own line of herb seasonings
1998, she decided that she'd rather paint Mother Nature
than tend to it and started painting in the afternoons.
She finds the farm a wonderful place to study nature where
she often catches glimpses of deer, raccoons, rabbits,
elk, herons, and blue jays. She's become a keen observer
of the seasonal changes of the native flora and fauna
of Southern Oregon. "I'm equally interested in all
of the stages of the life cycles of the plants and animals
here, not just the exuberance of a blossoming spring,"
2000, Judy Weiner's paintings have been included in many
group shows, including the annual Art About Agriculture
series sponsored by Oregon State University, Davis and
Cline Gallery and Aalta galleries in Ashland, Oregon,
the 2nd Annual Wildlife Show at the Grants Pass
Museum of Art, Art in Bloom at the Rogue Gallery
and Art Center in Medford, Oregon, and the Schneider Museum
of Art's Shakespeare as Muse exhibition. She has
exhibited in solo shows at Aalta Gallery, Davis and Cline,
the Rogue Gallery, and the Newport Art Center in Newport,
artist was awarded First Prize in Oil and Acrylic Painting
by the AAUW in 2001, the University Honda Honor Award
in 2004, and the Northwest Environmental Award in 2005.
Weiner currently serves on the exhibition committee at
the Grants Pass Museum of Art.
about Weiner's Art
the late 1990s, after a break from painting of over 30
years, Judy decided she wanted to paint again.]
"It took me about a year to get comfortable holding
the brush again," she said." "I love the
act of putting paint on the canvas that's what
turns me on. It's so exciting to make objects on the canvas
look three-dimensional. I'm trying to understand the surface
and the texture of how the old masters, especially Rembrandt,
painted. His paintings are spectacular they glow,"
Oregon Home, Sept.-Oct.
a small farm owner, environmental education consultant,
and wood sculptor, Weiner has had a varied background
and education that contribute to and enliven her artistry.
During a trip to Italy in 1996 as the artist was immersed
in the frescoes and [the work of the] old masters, she
recalls her feeling of epiphany: "I realized that
I needed to make art that had the same uplifting sense
of spirituality," she says, "of glowing gorgeousness
and excellence that I was experiencing in these works
but with my personal subject matter which was and
is the elements of the natural world."
Ashland Daily Tidings,
March 17, 2005
I paint is my chosen way to depict the subjects I care
mightily about. It is with learning and practice in the
classical craft of oil painting, attention to accurate
depiction of subject matter, and intent that I paint the
natural environment I am privileged to participate in."
Medford Mail Tribune,
In Praise of the Natural World, Rogue Gallery, March 2005
eye-catching are the dark oil paintings by Judy Weiner
of natural themes, birds and flowers. Their richness and
complexity are striking.
Edith Decker, Grants Pass
Daily Courier, June 12, 1999
work is not saccharine or nostalgic, but a singular and
at first glance [it] appears to
be very traditional
It is the composition and placement
of the elements in her paintings, however, that transcends
Weiner creates solid atmospheric
backdrops and lushly detailed renderings of our local
Each painting is a moody and thoughtful
look at the world that is left to us in the 21st Century.
Ashland Daily Tidings,
on Weiner's work in the Davis and Cline Gallery, Feb.
Judy Weiner, of near Grants Pass, the "sweet are
the uses of adversity" speech in As You Like It
suggested the fabric and flux of the natural world. Her
oil with varnish rendering of a bit of goose fluff is
an explosion of form and color.
Josine Ianco-Starrels, curator,
Shakespeare as Muse exhibition, Schneider Museum
of Art, Ashland, Oregon, 2004
only is seeing your work inspirational to us from a creative
perspective, but it's also enriching for our Oregon
Home readers in viewing exceptional works that showcase
Oregon's finest artists.
Bryan Drendel, Art Director,
Oregon Home, in a letter to Weiner, Oct. 28, 2002
a camera to capture ideas, she photographs images around
the farm. She often combines elements from several photographs
to develop her compositions. Her large paintings take
a couple of months to complete with many layers of paint
and glazes that give her work a delicate, translucent
Oregon Coast Council for
the Arts, Oct. 2009
Weiner reveals herself in her paintings
divulging her feelings for nature. After a while I remember
having been there myself, long ago when I was a child
eagerly exploring in a forest, touching soft petals, and
fat mosses, the rough bark of sleeping trees wondering
if small animals lived in that hollow log. Places of mystery,
of hidden pleasures and dangers, that can only be sensed
if we, strangers, enter that enchanted realm.
Josine Ianco-Starrels, curator,
The Art of Judy Weiner
was a surprise an unexpected pleasure to
immerse myself in Judy's world when I had the opportunity
to set up and photograph over 50 of her lush artworks
for this Web site. I got to see each of her paintings
close up on an easel with rolling hills and a clear cerulean
sky as a backdrop. Windy River Farm on a sun-drenched
autumn day is a bit of Eden: her inspiration is apparent.
Beyond the imagery of the paintings, the textures and
luminescence of the work are beyond describing by way
of a photograph. I was deeply touched by her vision and
experienced a sense of oneness with her idyllic natural
world. An art show like this happens but once in life.
Randy Johnson, photographer,
artist, and Web designer, Oct. 2011