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Daily Inspiration: Meet Judith Carlin

Hi Judith, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I’ve always been fascinated by the human condition; our stories and how we treat each other. For many years I was an actor, writer, director in NYC. But then, my mother developed Alzheimer’s and my primary mission became taking care of her which I did for seventeen years. After my mother died in 2006, I decided to study painting, something that I could do from beginning to end by myself rather than return to my previous profession. I liked the autonomy of it and was curious to see if my desire to explore the human condition through theater and film would translate to the canvas. My mother had been a painter so this might have had something to do with it also. In addition, I had very happy childhood memories of taking drawing classes on weekends with my mother at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. I enrolled at the Art Students League of New York and spent over a decade there. After a few years, to my surprise, I started showing my work in exhibitions, winning awards, being in magazines and being collected. And I felt I was able to explore the human condition through paint. In fact, I felt like I was writing with paint. In 2019 my husband and I left NYC to move to Miami. In no time I adjusted. I have my studio in my apartment and I’m painting every day. The Florida art world has been very welcoming. I love Miami. It’s a bustling multicultural, international, crazy, wild, friendly city filled with art and artists. I see a million paintings wherever I go. It feels like NYC to me but with palm trees and beautiful weather. In fact, I’ve nicknamed Miami, Tropical Manhattan.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My road is my journey and I know that sounds like a cliché. Big success would be great but not so great if when one arrives there it’s not what they expected and are disappointed. I feel that if I aim for fame and find it’s not what I expected it won’t matter because I’ve had a wonderful journey painting the world and people as I see fit. And if I don’t achieve fame, I’ve had a wonderful journey painting the world and people as I see fit. So, it’s a win-win. Since my art is about people and how they’re affecting the world and how the world affects them, many of my paintings are dark stories painted in loud colors. I guess the biggest challenge is knowing my work is not about pretty images but hoping people see the beauty in the stories I’m telling.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
My work is humanitarian with a strong social issues slant and that is what I think people think of when they see or write about my paintings. My goal is for my art to have an impact on the world. To inform, reflect and evoke strong emotions. I believe in the power of art. That a work of art can make a positive change in the world. When I paint, it’s not a physical reality I’m after but an expressive and emotional one. The people in my paintings are depicted at a particular moment in their lives. I want people to look at the men and women in my paintings and wonder where they came from and where will they end up. Showing just enough of the story to spark a discussion.

What are your plans for the future?
To keep painting. To keep getting my work out there. My mediums are oil and acrylic and I’ve recently started adding freehand digital painting. I feel there’s going to be an art explosion in the digital/generative art/AR/VR world and I want to be a part of that.

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Image Credits
n/a They are all paintings by me, Judith Carlin and I took the photographs of them.

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