Judy Bess earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a Master of Arts at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan. She taught art at the high school level before entering the corporate world, where she spent 28 years in a variety of leadership positions. During her business career, she enjoyed illustrating various publications for civic organizations and creating drawings for a children's book written by a friend.
After retiring and moving to the Southwest Judy, was able to concentrate on art focusing on the beautiful desert colors -- rich terracottas, greens, purples, blues, reds, golds, and oranges.
One of her highest honors was being asked to do an eight painting commission for the ICU in the new University Children's Hospital of El Paso, Texas. She is also represented by the Mesilla Valley Fine Arts Gallery in Mesilla, New Mexico, and her work can be found in numerous public and private collections in North America and Europe.
Judy's Booth at 2019 Art in the Garden.