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"Light and Color: The Crescendo of Nature" Now on Display

Join us for our newest exhibit, "Light and Color: The Crescendo of Nature" on display from September 1 through November 5 at the Regional Arts Center! Admission is free.


Growing up on a Louisiana farm, Judy Falkoff spent the bulk of her time outdoors. Observing the life cycle of plants and insects proved to be a powerful influence in her artistic development. “I prefer anything natural over manufactured goods.” “I’ve learned to spend time just looking. Painting flowers taught me how to see, how to look at art.”

Like many children, Falkoff loved “crafty” art projects growing up, but it was not until she was older that she had time to pursue her passion for painting. She credits a 4th Grade teacher with giving her the opportunity to work on an Egyptian mural as a turning point in her relationship with art.

Once she went to nursing school she had to silence her fascination with art, but after taking a break from nursing to raise her children she began to paint more and discovered art all over again. Falkoff received traditional training form Master Artist, Jeff Legg, her artistic mentor, who encouraged her to pursue her love of nature through painting. The color and vibrancy of Spanish art, particularly Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, is also a visual inspiration for her work. Following the long tradition of representational painting, accuracy and detail are the hallmark of her depictions of plants, insects, and still-lifes. Falkoff taught herself the Flemish technique, which uses thin layers of glaze and oil paint to create astonishing levels of realism. Many people have made an obvious comparison of her flower paintings to Georgia O’Keefe.

“The challenge for me is conveying the magnificence I see in the natural world. I like it big and bold and in your face, bigger than life. They might be little in size but are giant in their inspiration.”

Falkoff currently lives in Magnolia, Arkansas.

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