In the Audubon Tradition Exhibition
About Judy Lalingo
Inspired by nature, Judy Lalingo spends much of her time sketching, painting and photographing everything from horses and hounds to birds and wildlife. Her work ranges from tightly rendered miniatures in acrylic to looser oils of landscapes and animal studies, often painted outdoors in the plein air style. The artist values her experiences in the field immensely and feels that it lends authenticity to her work.
Judy has embraced the miniature art world for the past three decades, exhibiting her award-winning paintings in many of the miniature art exhibitions throughout the US and beyond, including Russia and South Africa.
The artist is a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists (SAA) and the Miniature Artists of America (MAA). She also retains memberships in the Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF), the World Federation of Miniaturists (WFMA), and is a Resident Member of the Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington D.C. (MPSGS).
Her formal studies began with the New School of Art in Toronto, a UNESCO project where working professional painters led courses in drawing, anatomy, colour, design and painting. Throughout the years, she has participated in several workshops with notable painters, including wildlife artists Robert Bateman, Matthew Hillier, Greg Beecham, Julie Chapman and Carol Lee Thompson.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, she was honoured as Ducks Unlimited Canada’s Artist of the Year in 1997. Judy’s work has appeared in several books and magazines, including the back cover of Reader’s Digest, as well as in various galleries, collections and museums. She resides with her husband in the gently rolling fields of northern Maryland’s prime horse country.
Acrylic on panel
2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
A formidable predator, the sleek cougar is the essence of grace and power. Although its nature is both solitary and territorial, I chose to focus on the cat’s softer side in this miniature painting – capturing a moment of mother and cub reaffirming their bond. Often in my work I seek traits that unite all of us as diverse animals sharing this one planet; Shakespeare said it best – “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”
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Acrylic on panel
4″ x 2″
Found throughout the northern hemisphere, the red fox has a reputation for its intelligence and adaptability. Seeing them in the wild is always a treat – their beauty is matched only by their elusive awareness and their curiosity. Always seeking the individual in my work, I approached this miniature painting to draw out the fox’s apparent sense of fun; he also lent his mischievous personality to the title, as he reminded me of a dashing young gentleman from yore
Oil on panel
8″ x 6″
For most of my career, I have worked in acrylics in a tight, detailed style. In this piece, I embraced the fresh spontaneity of wet oils and palette knife. It suited the action of this coyote with a looseness that attempts to capture the speed and flexibility of the wild canid. Changing course also hints at the expanding range of the coyote – especially in the east – where it has adapted to human activity, although somewhat uneasily. I’m hoping to paint more of these loose works in the future.
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Oil on linen panel
9″ x 12″
Blue jays have long had a notorious reputation as aggressive bullies; upon reading John James Audubon’s description of this bird, it is easy to understand why. “He is more tyrannical than brave, and, like most boasters, domineers over the feeble, dreads the strong, and flies even from his equals. In many cases in fact, he is a downright coward.” Although an unabashed opportunist, the blue jay has many redeeming qualities in addition to its undeniable beauty and sharp intelligence. Many birds and other small creatures benefit from their piercing alarm calls, and their preference for acorns have distributed oak trees throughout their wide range. In this work I chose to represent the blue jay as watchman over the bird feeder; standing guard and warning its neighbors of approaching predators.
Graphite on bristol
3 1/8″ x 4 1/2″
I never tire of the elegant lines of herons and egrets. I consider myself quite fortunate to live near a small pond that attracts many waterfowl species during migration season, as well as turtles, raccoons, fox and deer. Herons seem to be especially patient, and I’ve watched them throughout the seasons, often hunched over and fluffed up to combat the cold of impending winter, or sleek and imperious as they wade through the summer shallows. The simplicity of graphite pencil seemed ideal to capture the classic form of the heron pose.