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Judith Anderson

Judith Anderson

I have been a high school English teacher, a television journalist (even a news anchor, for a short period of time), and an attorney. My first love, however, has always been art, and in 2001 I retired from law practice to devote more time to painting.

I am almost entirely self-taught (my formal education was academic, not art-oriented), although I have taken numerous courses at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Hand Workshop (now the Visual Arts Center) in Richmond, Virginia, as well as spent numerous lovely summer weeks at Nimrod Hall Art Camp in Bath County, Virginia.

In Richmond, I was an active member of Artspace, an artist-run gallery, from 1992 until 2006. I was one of the key persons behind its controversial, pioneering move to its present location in Plant Zero, in Richmond’s "Arts District in Manchester," an historic downtown area. I was president of Artspace for two years, then served as chair of the Exhibition Committee, inaugurating in 2005 the first annual radius250 show. I am currently a supporting, but non-active, member.

For several years my oil paintings followed two strains: those painted on site from life and those based on vintage photographs. Since 2009, however, I have been intensely interested in painting trains...their surfaces, their geometry, etc. The result is a series of paintings and photographs that have continued to evolve. Among other things, I incorporated my interest in vintage photos (see the "Album Paintings") into a series based on vintage photos of trains (see "Vintage Trains"). The "on site" or "plein air" paintings continue to be an ongoing interest, many painted in Oaxaca, Mexico, a wonderful place that we have traveled to for the past several years.


Current: “Main Street Station Gallery, 1500 E. Main Street, Richmond, participation in the Gallery’s opening show featuring train images (through January 28); “Recent Works - Train Paintings and Photographs,” Crossroads Art Center (ongoing)

Recent: “Landscapes and Otherwise,” Dooley Hall, Richmond Public Library (Dec. 2, 2-16 - Jan. 3, 2017); Participation in “Heavy Metal,” The Berkeley Art Center, Martinsburg, WV, a juried show of railroad art; "Homage to Train Graffiti (Paintings and Photographs)," Artspace Gallery, July 24 - August 23, 2015

Ongoing: I maintain a wall of my paintings at Crossroads Art Center. My works also appear regularly in Artspace's Members' Gallery (shows changing monthly), Richmond, VA, as well as in Artspace's numerous outreach shows.


Works and commissioned portraits in private collections in Avalon, NJ, Buffalo, NY; Cape May, NJ; Coxsackie, NY; Houston, TX; Knoxville, TN; Memphis, TN; New York, NY; N. Topsail Beach, NC; Plymouth, NH; Portland, OR; Richmond, VA; St. Helena, CA; So. Orange, NJ; and Wilmington, DE; Oaxaca, Mexico; among others.

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