Judith Mackey has been a professional artist for over 40 years. A native Kansan who still resides in the Flint Hills, she paints what she is most familiar with—landscapes of the prairie, working cowboys and the ranch life that surrounds her rural Chase County home.
Over her long career Judith has won many honors. In recent years, she has been in the top 200 in Arts for the Parks competition 3 times—almost every time she entered this prestigious national juried show.
She also was juried into Salon International, an important exhibit for artists of the West. Her paintings have been used as cover illustrations on magazines and books. She was featured in the Spring 1997 issue of Persimmon Hill, the official publication of the Cowboy Hall of Fame. In 2004 she was a featured artist in the New York Times article titled “Sowing Art on the Kansas Prairie and was filmed in her studio for inclusion in a CBS documentary on the same subject.
Judith has had paintings at the Kansas Capitol Building and in the Kansas Governor’s Mansion. Four of her oils were on display at the White House as part of the “Save America’s Treasures” Christmas display.
Judith first develops her painting's layout and form on location. She then finishes the paintings in a more deliberate manner in the studio, adjusting the composition and values, and selecting significant details. Although she may take a reference photo or two, she depends principally on her intimate knowledge of the place she lives and loves.