Judith Godwin is a painter of abstract compositions who began her career in New York City in the 1950s. She is closely connected to Abstract Expressionism and the New York School.
I am apprehensive when writing about my work. Painting is a non-verbal medium to which I have devoted most of a lifetime. As a child I drew and painted and was exposed to a great deal of architecture and to gardening. Throughout my school and college years, art classes were of utmost importance. My advanced study with Hans Hofmann in New York and Provincetown enabled me to share with students from all over the world their admiration and enthusiasm for the vitality and expanding consciousness of modern art. My way of working is as natural and personal to me as my feeling for gardening.
I usually stretch and prime my own canvas. This is, to me, part of my craft. I most often begin to paint by envisioning form and space in nature and then interpret my ideas and feelings into planes of color on the canvas. When I recognize an emerging form, I respond intuitively by evolving complimentary sub-forms in colors and applications which feel supportive and foster development. In studying color and its behavior, I have learned to trust my intuition. I have a strong belief in my work and pursue it constantly.
How my paintings will appear to others is not a concern while I am working. Neither do I intellectualize about a work. I prefer to leave a canvas unfinished for an extended period rather than make instant revisions, which could remove those elusive centers of directness and spontaneity for which I have striven. I would hope that viewers of my work, being innately sensitive to color and movement, would respond to some of the excitement, subtlety, discovery and idealism I have experienced in the best of my work.
Conversation with Judith Godwin