With a Master’s Degree in Education and Administration as well as a degree in Decorative Arts from Rhode Island School of Design, Judy’s love of fraktur and folk art has been lifelong. Her Aunt lived for more than fifty years six miles from Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. As an adult, she and her Aunt haunted local shops and antique stores. Repeatedly, Judy was drawn to the intricate, primitive style of the 18th and 19th century art form. Fraktur, from the German word “broken,” was a writing style practiced primarily by schoolmasters and ministers in Pennsylvania-German communities of the 18th-19th centuries and has become a main focus of Judy’s work.
For the past fifteen years she has worked with designers, done show houses, painted furniture, ceilings, walls, and floors. Although she’s done everything from Venetian walls to delft tiles, folk art is where she finds herself happiest and where she now works almost exclusively.
Judy has been honored with The Best Craftsmen Award from Early American Life for her fraktur painting. This recognition is given to only two hundred craftsmen nationally who continue to practice and master time honored traditions in their work.