Judi Bradford is November’s Artist of the Month for West Volusia Artists Inc., a DeLand-based organization founded in 1964. In the photo accompanying this column, she is holding her water-soluble ink painting Bubble Bike, which has been on display at the Wayne G. Sanborn Activity Center in DeLand. This painting was inspired by the Athens Theatre Bubble Bike (the creator calls it “Trixie”) that is seen around Downtown DeLand adding perfect floating bubbles to the great ambience.
Bradford likes using water-soluble inks, which she believes “have a jewel tone brilliance.”
“A number of different techniques were involved in getting the quivering transparency, color and movement of the bubbles,” she added. She describes her ink paintings as “atmospheric realism.”
Bradford recently moved from Key West, where she worked as an artist for 42 years and coordinated events like the Fantasy Fest Parade and The Smallest Parade in the Universe.
“DeLand offers an entirely different range of visual stimuli that inspires new palettes and textures,” she said.
Bradford studied art at East Carolina University in North Carolina, and was a graphic illustrator, mainly in watercolors, for the first half of her career. Later, she switched to fine art and acrylic canvases. She taught pencil drawing and acrylic painting to adults and children in museums in Key West.
Bradford illustrated the cover of a fanciful feline travel book The Catalonia Adventures of Angus and Edmond by Gunna Dickson.
Most recently, her painting of an octopus was invited into the annual Endangered: Art4Apes exhibit in Miami during Art Basel week.
In addition to her two-dimensional work, Bradford makes fashion hats. She also serves on the board of the DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts, and her DeLand studio is included in the 2019 Florida Arts Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour.
See more of her work on her website at www.JudiBradford.com.
West Volusia Artists Inc. meets to draw, paint, create and socialize 9 a.m.-noon on the first and third Fridays of each month September-May at the Wayne G. Sanborn Activity Center, 815 S. Alabama Ave. in DeLand. Artists of all mediums and levels are welcome!
For more information, call 386-738-5515, or visit the Sanborn Activity Center website at www.SanbornCenter.com and search for the “Ongoing Activities” tab.