Judith Greenleaf received her Masters degree from UCLA in painting, but could also have received advanced degrees in sculpture, art history, and dance. She paints outdoors and her plein air watercolors and oils reflect her passion for natural beauty. Her expressive drawings and sculpture are inspired by the human figure and she brings her rich experience in lecturing, teaching college art history courses and leading art tours to Europe to all of her workshops. Her background in dance enriches all her work with a sense of movement and transformation.
Judith is recognized for her powerful, expressive figure drawings and her 50 year romance with clay. Her intimate figurative bronzes are often translated from her works in clay. The cast stone sculpture, fountains, and other garden accessories – planters and birdbaths etc. reflect her ability to be playful. For many years she has been teaching techniques for casting and carving ‘stone’ from cement while it is still soft.
Greenleaf plein air paintings are inspired by the beauty and culture of both places she lives, Northern California and Baja. Her Mendocino watercolors and oils express her love of meadows, forests with rivers and streams, plants and gardens, and coastal headlands. Her Mexico paintings show palm lined rivers and beaches, colonial architecture, Baja scenes and images derived from plant forms, both lushly tropical and of the desert.
Judith has been honored with one-person shows in the United States and in Mexico. She has several Open Studio Receptions each season:
• In Baja at Los Zacatitos, accessible from Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo
• In Little River, near the village of Mendocino on the Northern California coast.
She also welcomes private studio appointments.
Some of her Baja watercolors and prints may be seen at The Oldtown Gallery in San Jose del Cabo.
A dynamic and sensitive teacher, Greenleaf has had a long and fruitful career teaching college classes and workshops at many prestigious art centers. She teaches plein air painting, drawing, sculpture, and art history. She leads art tours in the U.S. and Europe, lectures on the arts to many organizations, and has been a curator at several venues. Her work has been featured at the Los Cabos International Airport and she has won numerous awards in major juried shows. She shows internationally and has been represented by galleries in California, Arizona, and Mexico. Her work is in both private and public collections.
My work reflects the things I know and love; the beauty and power of the natural world and of human form. I plan very little and have no attachment to how it will look when it is finished. Rather, I engage my unconscious, my intuition, everything I am in the moment, and my pleasure in the material and the process .
The drawings and sculpture from the human figure are often inspired by myth and art history as well as by my immediate response to the model and the material. Forms and personas reveal themselves. Gesture, movement, ambiguity and transformation are recurrent themes reflecting my past as dancer and art historian.
When I paint, I paint outdoors, then contemplate and complete the painting in the studio. I love a process which is free, spontaneous, and allows a romance with paint, color, and the act of painting.
My Garden sculptures can be playful and humorous.
I love teaching. It always stimulates my own work. I work while I am teaching which my students love. It demonstrates a freedom that helps people loosen up and it gives them space to develop their own work. I keep the classes small and intimate. My students tell me that they find our group feedback sessions and their private conferences with me extremely valuable. I am thrilled by the way student work can be changed in 3 to 5 days. My goal is to give students the tools and concepts to develop who they want to be as artists.
Judith Greenleaf spends summer and fall at her home, studio, and garden in Little River on Northern California’s Mendocino Coast, an area justly famous for natural beauty and its dedication to the arts. She offers workshops at her studio, and at the Mendocino Art Center. Winter and spring find her at Casa Corazon,the art and nature retreat center she created at Los Zacatitos, a small community on the Sea of Cortez in the Cabo San Lucas region of Baja California, Mexico. She conducts workshops in watercolor, drawing, Plein Air painting, and sculpture there, and in San Jose del Cabo from January through April.
Judith welcomes people to enjoy Casa Corazon between workshops or whenever space is available. Artists, writers, photographers, birders, and nature enthusiasts will find much to interest them at this lush desert garden by a fabulous, pristine beach, perfect for swimming, kayaking (we keep some on the beach) fishing, walking, or just relaxing and soaking in the negative ions. Surprisingly, high speed wireless internet is available in this rural setting.