About

One of the many musical instruments I have enjoyed making.

Updated Jan. 2019

I always have enjoyed bringing delight into people’s lives and find joy in being able to do that both through art and the musical instruments I build.

Plein Aire Artist at the edge of the Grand Canyon

My beginning with watercolor painting was inspired by watching artists during the Celebration of Art at the Grand Canyon. On location on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, they were capturing the beauty of the Canyon with oils, acrylics, pastel chalk and clay.

My approach also is influenced by the Urban Sketching movement, which encourages people to sketch the surroundings of their daily lives and be in the moment.

With pen, ink and watercolors, I work to capture the scene and the moment, whether its wood storks feeding in the wetlands or a windy walkway in a medieval village on the hills of Spain.

I’ve found creating artwork helps me synchronize mindfulness and the breathing I’ve learned in yoga. The attentiveness to surroundings promotes immersion in the moment.

Much of my career involved creativity through design – and helping others learn to design — print publications, websites and music. I now so enjoy working with both wood and watercolor precisely because they are non-digital and don’t behave with the  parameters of software.

Urban sketch of rain scene in Gatlinburg, TN

With my artwork, I like to be open to the parts of my surroundings that speak to me. The fun comes with assessing which colors capture the essence and which paper reflects the mood.

One of the wonders of watercolor is its unpredictability. Pigment and water dance in unexpected ways.

WrenSong Woods at Leesburg Art Festival, 2018

Selling flutes at Leesburg Art Festival

In creating my Native American-style flutes, I enjoy the different qualities of wood and assessing which woods and what cut will create a flute of a certain tuning.

Branch flutes

Trees are fascinating and I always find surprises and delights as I create from branch flutes from each piece of wood. I can turn a flute to include both the heartwood and sapwood of the tree, or I can create a sweet-sounding flute from a tiny branch.

I’ve enjoyed studying with artists at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and John C. Campbell Folk School, in the Berkeley studio of luthier Mike DaSilva, and in an Urban Sketching workshop with James Richards.

Doug Finkel, Judy Robinson and Bob Lyon

At the end of one of my favorite classes at Arrowmont, Doug (left) and Bob traded wood bowls they’d made for a Native American-style flute I’d built.

What fun when I see one of my creations becomes a beacon to people. They have a flicker of recognition – a memory of a  place or song. They are are able to experience a location I’ve painted or they become inspired to play one of my flutes.

You may order my flutes online or special order a flute that I will custom make for you.

My artwork can be part of your life in many different ways. You can purchase an original or print. Or you can order my art as a print or sticker, coffee mug, yoga mat, cellphone case or even a shower curtain.

 

2 comments

  1. Hi Judy. Thanks for dropping by my site. I have built dulcimers in the past. Now I make made-ups with little stories to go with them. We actually will be having songs by the QuickTurtle Band in the near future. I love what you are doing. Hope it provides both spiritual and financial sustenance. Be happy to follow your journey.

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    1. Hi Richard, Like the oxymoron “quick turtle”. Looked for your dulcimers on your site, but guess the turtle has taken over the domain. Look forward to hearing the Quick Turtle Band. Thanks for your good cheer!

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