On Saturday, September 15th, members of the Fine Arts Association of the Hill Country, will host a free lunch and creative session for its members from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eckert Civic Center in Mason. The program will be given by Judy Surles.
Judy Surles is an abstract painter and retired art educator. She has a B.A. in art education and English and graduate degrees in three fields including art education. Since moving to Kerrville, Surles’ work has changed from small realistic watercolors in earth colors to abstracts on canvas in bold, bright colors. Surles says “color is the most important part of my painting.” She has been accepted in numerous juried art shows and has won awards for her work. Her art is represented in collections in several states.
Surles uses paint in full strength from the tube or bottle. She applies paint with brushes and with squirt bottles, stamps, twigs, palette knives, toothbrushes, and cardboard to achieve texture, another interest of hers. Surles has studied with many nationally known artists. The list includes Christopher Schink, Skip Lawrence, Ernesto Valardi, Betsy Dillard Stroud, Gerald Brommer, Jerry Seagle, Alberto Mijangos, and Frank Webb.