Color was everywhere in Neenah Wisconsin
where Justine was born ... acres of golden, glowing corn, groves
of oak trees and apple orchards vied with sunsets in the glory
of the natural world that surrounded her. As a 5-year old child,
she knew she would be an artist. During family vacations to the
west, the experience of mountains and open vistas had a profound
effect on Justine, one that she never forgot.
After earning her BFA at the School of Art Institute of Chicago
and MFA at Northern Illinois University, Justine taught
Printmaking, Drawing, and Color Theory at Loyola University of
Chicago for 22 years.
The call of the west was ever with her. Over the years
Justine undertook historical and archaeological research studies
and many excursions to Egypt and especially to Mexico. In 1989,
Justine’s husband suggested that they visit Arizona. It was a
fateful journey; Justine again saw the vast mountain vistas and
vivid sunsets that so inspired her in youth. Several years later
she made her home in Fountain Hills, Arizona and became the
Drawing and Painting Artist in Residence for the City of
Phoenix. While there, she created workshops in collage and mixed
media watercolor and began extensive work with Ampersand
clayboards. Justine continued to exhibit her artwork nationally
and internationally as she has throughout her career.
As a consummate colorist with expertise in printmaking,
clayboard provides Justine with a surface that has unusual
possibilities. Using ink for painting, she brushes in layers of
iridescent inks and transparent colored inks to create
shimmering landscapes and a wide variety of desert plant
paintings. The depth, complexity and reflective quality of the
inks cause a painting to change with the light that shines upon
it. The clayboard carries the inks in a way that allows them to
pool and mix; etching down to the white underlayer of the board
adds to the depth and texture of the paintings.
This unique combination of materials and technique yields rare
paintings filled with depth and dynamism ... paintings that are
charged with ever-changing light and color, and living texture
that invites one to step into that vibrantly alive land, and
walk its magical pathways.
"Monument Valley, Earth & Sky"
" Boots and Blooms"
"Monument Valley Vista"