Judy Linnell was brought up in Knighton in Mid-Wales and went to school in Dolgellau. She studied Fine Art at Leeds University with Professor Quentin Bell and Sir Lawrence Gowing, and received a B.A. Hons. degree, followed by a
postgraduate certificate in Art Education.
She has painted all her life and has taught painting and drawing for over 30 years, running workshops and tutoring painting holidays in Corsica, Crete, the Yorkshire Dales, and Pembrokeshire, where she now lives.
Judy has had numerous joint and solo exhibitions in the S.E of England and in St. Albans where she lived and brought up her children. She has exhibited in London with the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour , at the Mall Galleries
where she won the Buzzacott award in 2001, with the Royal Watercolour Society at Bankside, and at the Westminster Galleries. She also exhibited with the Linda Blackstone Gallery at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea, at the Watercolour and Drawings Fair and at the West Wales Arts Centre in Fishguard.
She was elected a member of the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales in 2010.
She has contributed to a number of books about watercolour painting for Quarto & Eaglemoss Publications, among them the new edition of "The Encyclopaedia of Watercolour Painting", "A Watercolourist's Guide to Exceptional Colour", "The Encyclopaedia of Flower Painting Techniques" and the magazine "Watercolour Painting".
Judy's love of Wales resulted in a move to Pembrokeshire in 2005 with her husband. She now devotes much of her time in painting the wild and atmospheric landscape of the Pembrokeshire coastline, North Wales, the Lake District and the
Yorkshire Dales. She likes to interpret and suggest rather than to describe, in order to convey the magic and mystery of a scene using the vibrancy, luminosity and fluidity of watercolour. She likes to exploit the medium with its unique qualities to the full, taking risks, experimenting and pushing colour to the limits with large fluid washes, combined with delicate line work, and all kinds of marks to express herself.
Her approach is essentially intuitive and spontaneous, painterly and loose, and her subjects are usually flowers, still life, landscape and the sea.