Artisans - Judy Mandolf, Digital Artist
Judy Mandolf began her career in traditional
fine art photography in the early 1980's, working mostly in
handcolored black and white photography which have been exhibited throughout the US
and Europe. Her image of Amish children toured Europe for two years as
part of the Women Photographers in America exhibition and in 1994 her
figurative studies were part of a cultural exchange with Hungary.
In 1996 she passionately embraced the digital medium. "I used to say
that I photographed because I couldn't draw very well, but the
creative spirit released in Photoshop and other imaging software has
completely changed my whole approach and opened up unlimited opportunities for
me to let my imagination fly." Her images have their genesis in her
digital photographs which are collaged, "painted" and otherwise
manipulated and printed on watercolor paper.
Judy's images have been featured in photography textbooks and the
books "Going Digital" and "Secrets of Award Winning Photographers" as
well as the magazines "Digital Fine Art," "macAddict," "Digital
Camera," "e-Digital Camera," "D-P World" China, "Art of
California" (Gold Medal Discovery Award in 1992), "American Photographer,"
"Photographer's Forum," and many others. Known mostly for her stilllife
work, her images have been honored in competitions including the
Seybold Digital Art Competition, Adobe Digital Imaging Competition, MacWorld
Digital Art Competition and the Sony International Digital Art
Work Statement: "Digital Art" often suggests hi-tech images with
orbiting satellites and otherworld figures, but for me the lure is the
ability to create more of a painterly feeling.
The user's manuals for my Macintosh and Adobe Photoshop were the
introduction to a wonderful new world where visions weren't limited by film
and darkroom. Ten years later I am still filled with excitement when
creating a new vision.
My work is usually minimal, organized and serene. One of my favorite
fan mails said that doctors should prescribe "Take two Mandolfs in the
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