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judy hintz-cox | United States

Judy Hintz-Cox

Oak Island, NC, United States

Judy Hintz-Cox
United States

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Judy Hintz-Cox

United States

About | Judy Hintz-Cox
Judy didn't start painting until she was 26 years old.  From an early age she loved art and visited art museums and galleries but never thought she had creative ability.  While living in Peru, SA an artist friend encouraged her to paint.  The first time she applied oil paint to a canvas, she was "hooked". That was over 40 years ago and Judy has never stopped painting.
From 1971 to 1984, Hintz Cox worked with several artists who spent time critiquing her art which was invaluable. In 1984 she received a BA in Studio Arts from the University of MD. Her first BA in Sociology/Psychology was from William Jewell College in 1966.
Judy has been exhibiting throughout the USA since 1986 when she had her first two-person show at Sixth Sense Gallery in NYC.  She has had multiple group shows and thirteen solo exhibitions, the most recent in 2016 at the Contemporain Gallery in Baton Rouge, LA.   She is presently represented by eight galleries throughout the USA.
Her artwork is in many private residencies including Kelsey Grammer's and is in several public collections including Reliance Steele & Aluminum Company and Hale & Dorr Law Firm, among others. She has donated much of her art to charities. She paints in her studio in Oak Island, NC.

Several years ago I became interested in Buddhism.  Its teachings resonate for me.  Attempting to understand emptiness has been an ongoing process.  As I study emptiness, I try to internalize what I read. I won't bore you with the mind-blowing teachings and how I have to read and reread and reread to understand all that goes into emptiness. I will say, just to be clear, emptiness is not nothingness.
What does this have to do with my art? Well, I attempt to capture the essence of the painting by reducing it to a minimum.  My work is filled with a lot of space, which is representative of emptiness.  And yet, the space is not empty but filled with thick white texture.
I begin a painting with thick and thin charcoal lines.  I then splash turpentine onto the canvas and wipe the charcoal off with rags.  Black smudges are left everywhere.  Stepping back and observing the canvas, the painting presents itself to me.  The next step is adding gobs of white paint sometimes with black and sometimes with other colors. It becomes an energetic dance. I continuously step back to contemplate the piece.  And then I stop even if I believe it isn't finished.
Two important concepts are part of what I do.  I don't expect everyone to like any or all of my paintings, but it they produce an emotion when viewed, I feel I've done my job. The other concept is not to overwork my pieces and let them be even if not completed.
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