Artists / Arizona

Judith Durr

Cave Creek, AZ

Judith is a proud native of Arizona, a registered member of the Choctaw American Indian Tribe and an internationally recognized Native American artist. Judith’s artwork tells a story by preserving American Indian legacies through her exquisite oil paintings that capture the emotions of the viewer. “Enduring Legacies” describes Judith Durr’s oil paintings.

Judith’s oil paintings reflect her mother’s inspirational beadwork and the family’s collection of Navajo rugs. Her Choctaw mother was a bead worker and taught Judith to bead. Because of this inspiration, Judith learned the history of how beadwork came to be used in North America and used on Native regalia. This history inspired Judith to carry on the legacy when she pursued oil painting. Judith taught herself how to paint the beadwork in her paintings. Her oil paintings are inspired by the use of some of her own beadwork and her extensive collection of pottery, baskets, rugs, and moccasins. “I want my painted beads to look like real beads and the rugs to look like real fabric.

Judith’s artwork reflects the quality and fine workmanship that has earned her a place as one of the top Native American artists in the nation. Her exquisite style and dedication reflect her knowledge and attention to the history of her subjects. Using many layers creates the illusion of realism combined with her attention to detail that compel the viewers to want to touch the fabric of the rugs and the beadwork. Her beautiful art captures a broad genre of still life, portraits, and Western and American Indian life.

“This is my ninth year in Cowgirl Up! Art From the Other Half of the West. I am grateful to be a part of the most prestigious and important women’s Western show in the country. It is an extraordinary experience and an honor.”

Judith Durr teaches workshops, lectures for museums, universities, fine art councils, annual Native American art shows and many private organizations throughout the country. You can visit Judith at her studio/gallery, “The Ranch,” in Cave Creek, AZ.

“Painting can be taught; however, the gift of inspiration, dedication and passion is within.”

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