Judith Peck is a Washington, DC area allegorical figurative artist who has made her life’s work to paint about history and healing, using a variety of methods and experimental techniques to achieve a diverse range of visual and tactile results that validate a strong narrative. She has been awarded by the Masur Museum of Art, the Alexandria Museum of Art, The Washington County Museum of Fine Art, the Lore Degenstein Gallery Competition at Susquehanna University, The Butler Institute of American Art, and Florida A&M University’s Pinnacle Competition, shown in Context Art Basel in Miami and The Art of Paper show in New York as well as in major galleries and had numerous solo shows. She was awarded the Strauss Fellowship Grant from Fairfax County, Virginia as well as an International Artist-in-Residence in Salzburg Austria.
Her paintings have been featured numerous times in American Art Collector Magazine, Poets /Artists, The Artist’s Magazine, iARTisas, Combustus and the books Tradition and Transformation and the Ashen Rainbow, by Ori Z. Soltes, as well as the Kress Project book published by the Georgia Museum of Art.
Judith Peck’s work is collected internationally and can be found in many private collections as well as in the permanent public collections of the Museo Arte Contemporanea, Sicilia, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Pennsylvania, Penn College, Susquehanna University, Montgomery County Public Art Trust Contemporary Work on Paper Collection, the Alexandria Commission on the Arts in Virginia as well as the District of Columbia’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities Art Bank.
I look at the things happening in the world today, and what history has taught us about our broken world and I can’t stop being drawn into the unreason of it all. What I try to express in my art is that we all have the same hopes and dreams as anyone, anywhere at anytime in the present or throughout history. I depict how, despite our rifts, we might experience healing in a broken world, and how that undertaking is universally human.
I’m looking for the binding power-opposite of mob mentality-our mutual connections. Although we can all be overwhelmed and feel helpless, the human spirit always possesses hope, even in the most desperate of circumstances. I would be happy if I can show a glimmer of our broken yet beautiful human experience. I use an individual model to represent a life’s path and the broken world we navigate. I paint with oils mostly on board often imbedded with gessoed plaster shards.