Interview by Tracie Reed
Judith Mariner is one of Tucson, Arizona's great artists. She has painted a lot of spectacular paintings. Here is some of her latest work and an interview with this talent artist.
I asked Judith some questions about her paintings and her new studio. The studio is in the process of being built in her back yard by Phil Long who has been building for years.
As I first walked in her place with all of her paintings I was very fascinated and fell in love with her art work. As you look at some of her talent you will see what I mean.
TR- Who or what inspired you to become an artist?
Judith- I was born an artist. I've always have been a bit of an outsider. As early as I can remember I see things alternatively in a sense.
It seems like my answer was always not quite everybody else's answer in school and I started drawing at a young age. By the time I was in sixth grade that was it. I knew I wasn't going to be able to avoid this one.
TR- At what age were you when you sold your first painting?
Judith- In my early teens.
TR- How many paintings would you say you have painted over the years? A good approximate guess?
Judith- Oh my god! It's been kind of a non-stop flow for like 50 years.
TR- Wow! That's pretty cool that your still going at it!
Judith- Yeah! It's certainly changed over the years.
TR- Your style?
Judith- It's really paralleled my process as my own unfolding as a human being. My own growth process. It always shows in my work.
TR- I noticed you paint a lot of people?
Judith- People is where it's at. I'm interested in consciousness and reflecting that in my work.
TR- Which one is your favorite? You probably have them all as your favorite?
Judith- In this batch? (laughs)
Judith- I don't know. It changes from day to day really.
TR- I know that would be hard to just choose one as your favorite. I would think.
TR- Why did you choose to have your studio at your home?
Judith- I wake up at two a.m. and I'm in my pajamas. I don't want to get in a car and go some where. I've always had my studio where I live. It's more efficient.
(I asked Judith about her new studio being built for her paintings)
TR- Why did you choose to have an alternative building block?
Judith- I researched it and I think this particular building block stuff is phenomenal. It's recycled material. It's called rostra block and it's fire proof. It has an R factor of 40.
So a big factor for an artist doing work is the elements don't deteriorate everything. So my rastro block has this 40 R factor which means I don't have to spend a fortune keeping the room around 80 degrees or less. So that I can store lots of paintings. It's economical. Heat doesn't escape, cooling doesn't escape. I'm putting a very small gasp pack on the roof of this new studio. It will heat and cool and it will keep my utility bills super low.
TR- Has that ever happened where your paintings have gotten to hot?
Judith- Yes! And I've been sorry. Because they really do deteriorate. The other thing is, if I have $500,000 worth of work stored in my studio and the house catches on fire that studio is not going to go down. So that's another reason why I choose this.
TR- Did you teach yourself or did you take lessons?
Judith- I'm self taught.
TR- How did you feel painting your first nude model versus now?
Judith- Not a problem. Because as a kid I was looking at nude paintings. So I just thought it was natural. I've also modeled when I was younger. I modeled nude. Now that was interesting. Standing up in front of a group of people and taking off my robe. Now that was challenging.
TR- Were you nervous?
Judith- A little bit. Yeah!
TR- If you weren't an artist what do you think you would have become?
Judith- Oh, well we all have our fantasies right?
Judith- Well, I'm an investor. A real state investor which has been really good to me.
It's given me the space to not have to worry if I don't sell a painting this month.
There's all kinds of things. I think I probably, I would have liked to have been a psychiatrist. I would have been interested in being a composer. We can go on and on.