Judith Durr's "Our Legacy," oil on canvas

Choctaw/Cherokee Master Artist Judith Durr Displays Work at Corsicana's Pearce Museum

ICTMN Staff
3/11/12

The Western Artists of America’s Eighth Annual Exhibition and Sale comes to the Pearce Museum in Corsicana, Texas on March 30 and 31. The sale, which benefits the museum, brings forty master artists and sculptors and will feature cowboys and cowgirls, American Indian children, warriors, elders, mountain men, western landscapes, rodeo and more. It’s a two-day celebration of art inspired by the culture, people and landscape of the west, and one not to be missed if you’re in the area.


One of those artists is internationally recognized painter Judith Durr.  She will be a part of this prestigious juried event for the first time, and is one of the finest painters working today.

"When the opportunity arose for me and I was able to take some art classes I found my passion.” Durr told the Globe Newswire. “And a real joy when I found that I just want to paint. In preserving the legacy and history of the First People's and painting artifacts collected throughout the Americas has been most satisfying to me, and my collectors appreciate the authenticity. Capturing emotions with realism and authenticity has become my signature,” she said.  "Coming home to Texas for the WAA Exhibition at the Pearce Museum is an achievement I savor."

Durr began her painting journey in 1990, working tirelessly to perfect her craft, ultimately earning an induction into the Western Artists of America organization the status of Master Artist.

"I am always mindful of my Native American heritage, Choctaw-Cherokee, and respectful of the legacy left from our talented ancestors by their beadwork, pottery, weavings, and jewelry,” she told the Globe Newswire. It gives me a feeling of admiration and reverence for their creativity. Painting from my extensive collection of artifacts brings life to the history and stories documented in my paintings with harmony and balance.”

On her website, JudyDurr.50megs.com, she writes that, “painting can be taught, however the gift of inspiration, dedication and passion are within.”  Her website maintains that Durr’s oil paintings have “have taken Native American art to new levels on integrity, innovation spectacular style and dedication to realism making her one of the foremost Native American artists in the United States.” One look at her work and you know these words are true.

The Rose - A commissioned painting. These beautiful Shoshone moccasins belong to a lovely lady in Arizona who was Donna Reed's stunt double. Growing up in Montana and living near the Shoshone reservation, she had these made for her by a Shoshone beadworker and friend.

Take this gorgeous painting, ‘The Rose,’ which shows a pair of Shoshone moccasins. At first glance, the realism is such that it appears as if you’re looking at a photograph. Or this painting below, the stunning oil on canvas work called 'The Heritage.'

Heritage, oil on Canvas

Check out this video of Durr talking about her work:

Visit Durr’s site here.

And finally, here's some info on the Pearce Museum.  If you find yourself anywhere in the vicinity of the Forth Worth/Dallas area, Corsicana isn't too far away.

The Pearce Museum - Navarro College - 3100 W. Collin Street - Corsicana, TX 75110 - 903-875-7642 -- Website: http://www.pearcecollections.us

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