Drifting By, Acrylic, 10×10 – by Judy Dempsey
As an avid snorkeler, my perspective of beauty comes from both above and below the waterline. Inspiration flows in waves, alternating between the flowers and wildlife on the shoreline, to the inhabitants of the tropical reef and other wonders of the sea.
Growing up, I innately knew how to draw but was always under the misconception that I needed a degree to become a professional artist. In spite of it, I pursued my talent and was introduced to a group of 7 amazing women who would expose me to techniques and elements that could I integrate and make my own. With their encouragement and a lot of trepidation (blind faith) I launched my career and have been painting murals ever since.
I was commissioned to paint a poolside mural for large hotel chain. After rave client reviews, I embarked on a journey of painting countless residential and commercial projects in some of the most amazing tropical destinations and Art Explosion of South Florida was born!
I have a style of painting that is brilliant, outgoing, flowing and matches my personality. My menu has become diverse- from murals (the Miami Sea aquarium, Westfield Siesta Mall, various libraries and other hotels), painting a building for the show “Tanked” on Animal Planet in Los Vegas, to canvas paintings, furniture, tote bags and even rugs. Recently, I was commissioned to paint underwater sea life on the entire building- requiring scaffolding and an underwater genie!
I have been honored to have had my work written about in the Palm Beach Post, the Sun-Sentinel, Marlin Magazine and Florida Design.
With passion and the thrill of new challenges Art Explosion of South Florida has grown to encompass ventures with Art in Public Places programs and Community Renovation Associations, enabling me to teach in low income communities and share the value of art and the thrill of mural painting with children. My passion and love of what I do drives me to leave a positive mark in my heart and community. Most of my work can be viewed at www.artexplosionofsouthflorida.com.
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