I am a Las Cruces, New Mexico, acrylic artist who specializes in capturing the vivaciousness and beauty of the desert Southwest.  

I was a fine arts major at Ohio State University, and completed a Bachelor of Arts at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a Master of Arts at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan.  

I taught art at the high school level before entering the corporate world, where I spent 28 years in a variety of managerial positions.  During my business career I frequently picked up my brushes, including illustrating numerous publications for civic organizations and creating the drawings for a children's book.  

After retiring and moving from the Midwest to New Mexico, I returned to my first love -- art! The glorious desert colors -- terra cottas, sage greens, purples, blues, reds, golds and oranges -- are a strong inspiration for my work, which encompasses landscapes, historic buildings, still life and figures. I love them all!  

I have studied with Annetta Hoover, Mary Zawacki and Nancy Frost Begin, and am currently represented by the Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery in Mesilla, New Mexico.   I was asked to do eight commissioned works for the new Children's Hospital at the University Hospital in El Paso, Texas, which was a distinct honor for me.   My work can be found in numerous private collections in the United States and Europe.
All images and text copyright Judy Bess 2017

Bath House
Old Stable
Chelly Overlook
Mercado
Market Quintet
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