Judy's unique approach to her work is through the use
of the rare and demanding scratchboard technique. Working on
smooth Clayboard, a board with a white china clay surface, she
paints her subject solidly with black India ink. Then, using
an X-Acto knife and blades that she changes every few minutes,
she scratches out magnificent detail.
Two themes predominate, and often converge, in Judy's "art
of concealed imagery": the precarious balance of wildlife
in today's environment and the fate of Native Americans whom
Larson especially admires for their intuitive understanding
of ecological balance.
After receiving a B.S. in Commercial Art from Pacific Union
College in California, Judy spent 17 years as a commercial
artist, illustrator and art director. In addition to limited
edition fine art prints, her work has been published in two
books, Hidden Spirits: Search-and-Find Scenes from the American
West, a children's book, and The Spirit Within.