Saint John the Evangelist
Egg tempera and gold leaf on wood
31 x 40 x 3cm
Judith James, born in Norwich in 1947, was educated at Cardiff and Sheffield. She had a successful career as a Nurse whilst bringing up a family of 5 children. Upon retirement at aged 55, she concentrated on pursuing her creative passion, gaining a fine art degree at Newcastle University in 2007. After some years painting, she was particularly inspired whilst living in Italy and began producing religious work on terracotta tiles. This led on to studies in both England and Italy in icon painting techniques of various styles working under prominent Russian, American, Italian and English teachers. After several years and single artist exhibitions in Norfolk and Tuscany, she was accepted on to the Princes Trust Icon Painting Certificate 3 year course commencing in October 2019. In spite of difficulties that the COVID pandemic presented she benefitted greatly from this course, improving her skills and finish quality in board making, gilding, drawing and painting in egg tempera in the Greek icon style. The course provided the environment to share and benefit from experience with other students from differing countries. Her work and latest commissions reflect these factors and influences.