Our roving Flootie reporter Ginny Brennan is back and this time she has interviewed North Idaho Artist Judy Minter.
Artist – Judy Minter – Paintings on Canvas and Wood as well as Faux Relief, Gourds and Decorative Painting for Residential as well as Commercial properties. Judy resides in Rathdrum, Idaho.
Judy Minter is a local artist with degrees in Architectural/ Interior Design and a Master of Arts in Photography. Judy was recently awarded “Artist of the Year” by the Coeur d’Alene Art Association.
Past work experience has been in aerospace photography for McDonnell-Boeing, instruction of photography at College of DuPage, IL. In her current business, Design Details, she offers faux finishing, murals, abstracts, whimsical or impressionistic relief paintings, and photography. Judy offers workshops in painting techniques, mold making and paper mache at conventions and local shops.
Themes Incorporated In Her Work
Judy’s favorite themes include animals, weathered surfaces like bridge overpasses, old metal cars and signs all of these great themes influence her work. For Judy whimsical situations become part of relief or paper mache sculptures. One of Judy’s goal is to have people easily connects to her artwork.
Judy painted murals, taught crafts to children and adults, and painted window signs to get through college. All art interests lead to another. Although her main focus is in fine art, she is still involved in sculpting animals as wine toppers, painting conversational tiles ,photography, and drawing caricatures which she sells at local fairs and on Etsy online sales.
Dabbling in Social Issues
Although Judy dabbles in social issues on occasion, mostly her work pivots around whimsical situations, reflecting on experiences and adding as much color to life as possible. Judy is always interested in experimenting with new products and pushing limits. She finds that variety is the spice of life. Usually Judy will do a series of realistic paintings, then a cluster of abstracts, add a 3D piece and then start over again.
Judy loves doing commission work because she always experiences something new on every project. The clients’ desires are the main focus, and then Judy adds her artist perspective. Judy finds it important to maintain a standard of quality worthy of fine art; as well as longevity which is just as important as creativity and expression. A high percentage of Judy’s work is for previous clients, and almost all is through referrals.
Best Piece of Advice
“Never stop learning, never give up; if you enjoy whatever you are doing, it isn’t work.”
Presently, she is showing paintings at Satay Bistro (on 4th Cd’A), SteelHead Bar & Grill ( on Howard, downtown Spokane, Emerge Gallery (February) and Frame of Mind Gallery,(2nd & Lakeside, Cd’A). Judy has a permanent collection at North Idaho College, Dean’s office and stairwell of student union.
Upcoming Art Class
Description: Learn formulas to mix chalk paint to refinish furniture in any color you desire. Wednesday, Feb 10th, 10am -1pm at Red Brick Art Studio (6th & Garden) Cd’A or Friday Feb. 19th 5:00pm-7:30pm at same location. $28 covers all paints, tools, and sample wood pieces. Student brings 14″ wood project, and a mason jar or empty wine bottle to paint. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org
Website & Contact Information
www.judyminter.com / WildBeastCreations on Etsy / Faux work has been featured in NW Homes Magazine, Spokane Cd’A Living Magazine, Remodel Spokane Magazine, Artisphere Magazine