Raised in middle America in a very artistic family, Judy Porter has been drawing since she could hold a pencil. With loving parents who supported her work by always keeping an ongoing art gallery behind her dad’s chair at the dinner table, there was plenty of loving support. As the years passed there were many school awards for art. Even as a young child Judy knew she wanted to be an artist.
Fast forward to her adult years, she attended the Art Academy in Chicago, as she worked as a Flight Attendant for Delta Airlines. Trying to coordinate her work schedule with class proved to be a challenge but Judy was determined to get every class in drawing, painting, portraits that she could as a part time student. During her years in Chicago she learned that Entertainment Companies would hire artists who could draw people, to do caricatures at corporate events. This gave her lots of additional training but added some income toward the profession she had always wanted, that of being an artist.
After relocating back to her home of Missouri, Judy started an Entertainment Company called the Fine Tooners, with a fellow caricature artist and good friend. The two ladies managed to book more work in a four state area than any other agents as far as caricature work. A real accomplishment in a male dominated field. But another change was in store as Judy wanted to take her work to 3D.
Judy’s sister, an artist also, encouraged her to try sculpting having told her that doll sculpting was big business. Early on Judy learned that going from 2D to 3D is a big trip! It did not come easy but with lots of practice and that determination that made her want to do art, Judy became an award winning doll sculptor with her very first ball jointed doll.
With the support of many loving collectors, a few more awards, several features in magazines, including one in Germany, Judy’s one of a kind ball jointed dolls have found new homes all over the world. “It’s so exciting, Judy says “to have your dolls go places I have never been. I have so enjoyed the e-mails with collectors from other countries as we work to understand our language differences, but we all understand our love of dolls”.
The request to teach sculpting let’s Judy use another aspect of her art she loves most, sharing the joy of art. In the past Judy and her sister taught several children’s art camp workshops. Judy also had adult drawing, painting classes in her home studio. Other workshops in sculpting have been on location of the event but now with the marvels of the internet class can be available in your home, on your schedule. Having been an online student Judy appreciates that students want quality video, teacher support to do their projects. Artful Gathering provides that quality for their students. “I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful and talented group of artists. More importantly I look forward to learning from my students. As I learned from teaching before, we learn a lot from our students” Judy is quoted as saying many times over the years.
Visit the artist at www.JudyPorterdolls.com