“I am the product of rural midwest Heritage. My father farmed with Belgian horses; he also had trotting horses which raced at county fairs in Ohio and Indiana — now known as grassrootss racing. He loved his horses and so do I love horses. By the time I was a teenager, I was painting portraits of horses and ponies for friends and local horsemen.
After high school graduation, formal training began at the school of the Dayton Art Institute, followed by Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in art education from Write State University. It was my privilege to teach visual art in public high schools for twenty-five years.
During the 1980′s and 1990′s, I contributed oil paintings on canvas to Harness Tracks of America’s annual art exhibition and charity auction. Many of these paintings are portrayals of famous American road trotters from the late nineteenth century. They were the horses who gallantly contested while pulling hickory high-wheeled sulkies; they are the ancestors of the modern Standardbred as well as several other horse breeds. I enjoyed researching and painting those canvases; mony of them are in the collections of owners and trainers across the United States and Canada.
Today I have become keenly aware of the beautiful landscapes that surround us — the distant flat lands; graceful rolling hills; and the serene and majestic mountains and valleys — from these we receive a sense of place. We can enjoy and appreciate the visual gifts of clouds and blue skies, foggy mornings, cool greens in June and vibrant hues in autumn. Painting is my way of sharing these gifts.”
Judith Zimmers Blinn