Judith Strite Campbell
Beauty, love, and motion portrayed through colors , values and design are favorite themes in the paintings of Judith Srite Campbell.
When she was quite young her interest in art became a driving force. After having been graduated from Rollins College, she moved to Paris, France where she indulged in museums and French studies, and then went on to Switzerland to study art at the famous art school, the Allegemeine Gewerebeschule in Basel, where many classes were heldin the Basel Museum of Art—The Kunstmuseum. After a Couple of years of studying art in Europe, she returned to Florida where she taughtHumanities at the University of Miami in Coral Gables while completing her Master’s Degree. While at the University she painted in oil and did etchings. And, in Miami she joined in with a group of artists that were on the leading edge of acrylic painting.
She then began to paint large non-objective paintings using the acrylic medium. She was represented at that time by the Berenice Steiner Gallery at the Jockey Club in North Miami, the Metropolitan Museum of Miami, the Baker Gallery and the Grove House in Coconut Grove, Florida.
Then began several years of moving. First, there was Nevada where she obtained a degree in Counseling. Then, a couple of years were spent in Missoula, Montana, and then on to Annapolis, Maryland where she was affiliated with the Naval Academy. She enjoyed painting in oils at St. Johns University when not involved with Academy events.
A move to Lexington, Kentucky was the perfect location to inspire her many horse paintings, and she exhibited her art at Turfland, Doctor’s Park and had many paintings purchased by the State of Kentucky for sale in their many arts and crafts outlets that where located on the scenic highways.
Opportunity called, and Judy moved to Ft. Pierce, Florida, where she owned, operated and renovated the Riverhouse Hotel located on the Intercoastal waterway. She showed paintings at that time at her hotel and at the Fort Pierce Art Gallery. She was also invited to paint at the studio of A. W. Backus, the then Artist Laureate of the State of Florida, where she learned many valuable techniques of landscape painting from the Master himself. And from time to time she entered competitions and received a number of ribbons and prizes.
She then moved to Texas to become President of ALD, Inc. dba Cook Machinery Company for the next 20 years, which was a a plant specializing in sheet metal fabrication and the manufacturing of commericial washing machines and dryers. But, not being able to resist the art world she became one of the artist-owners of The Highland Park Art Gallery in Highland Park Village and several years later founded the Artists’ Showplace Gallery. Many other wonderful artist-owners joined her through the years and a beautiful dazzling gallery was created.